Two hundred and fifty pages later and we're still crawling through caves, touring war museums, laying around in a Vietnamese beach resort with a insipid business woman/love interest, and trying to stay one step ahead of a semi-Gestapo like Vietnamese Army colonel named Mang. I wondered if the story would ever begin.
This is acutally a great story, reading "Up Country" is like floating a boat down a lazy river. If you are either a Vietnam veteran needing to revisit your haunting past, or if you are interested in post war Vietnam then this is the book for you. I'm not a vet but I did want to know more about Vietnam.
Protagonist Paul Brenner from The General's Daughter, Vietnam vet, military detective, wise-ass, now retired, returns to post war Vietnam hoping to solve a 30 year old murder. A North Vietnamese soldier witnesses the murder of an American officer at the hands of another American officer. Why it's imporant to solve this murder is more a mystery to me than the mystery itself.
If you enjoy reading Hemmingway, as I do, then you will probably like "Up Country," as nuch I did. If you are looking for a heart-pounding fasted-paced action thriller with a military twist, then you might instead read "Wings of Fire," by Dale Brown, "Prince Joe," by Suzanne Brockmann, or "Fruit of a Poisonous Tree," by Norm Harris. "Up Country" is a wonderful book, but as a possible movie? Zzzzzz...