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Up Country summary Up Country, series Up Country, book Up Country, pdf Up Country, Up Country 1c449692a8 The Last Thing Paul Brenner Wanted To Do Was Return To Work For The Army S Criminal Investigative Division, An Organization That Thanked Him For His Many Years Of Dedicated Service By Forcing Him Into Early Retirement But When His Former Boss Calls In A Career S Worth Of Favors, Paul Finds Himself Investigating A Murder That Took Place Back In Vietnam Thirty Years Before Now, Returning To A Time And Place That Still Haunts Him, Paul Is Swept Up In The Battle Of His Life As He Struggles To Find Justice

10 thoughts on “Up Country

  1. says:

    As a non American, my knowledge of the Vietnam war was virtually nil This book changed that significantly it s not a chronological account of the battles but, as the story unfolds, it fulfils that role It s set long after the war ended and features a veteran re treading his steps as he carries out a mission on behalf of the military police Anyone who has read The General s Daughter will recognise the lead character, Paul, Brenner The inspiration for the story was a post war visit made to Vietnam by the author and some of his friends all Vietnam veterans Brenner was chosen as the vehicle for this tale as he is an established character who had completed two tours to the country, during the war It s a long book over 850 pages but, for me, it flowed so easily it belied its length Brenner like many of DeMille s characters is a wise cracking smart ass and I laughed a lot reading this book But there s a lot than that here and I felt I learnt a lot and gained a reasonable perspective on what happened through those dark times and why I also thoroughly enjoyed the engrossing tale Great read.

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    This book was probably one of the most compelling representations of Vietnam I ve ever been exposed to the war, reflections on the war, and present day at least, when the main story takes place, in 97 What I mean by that is that I developed a deeper understanding of the people, their tenacity, and various things that occurred during the war I haven t changed my opinion that the Communist North should have been crushed like a bug we could have done it, we just lacked the will and the South Vietnamese citizens paid the price when we left DeMille s writing really put me in the situation and I felt like I was there, experiencing what was happening, right along with Paul Brennar This was probably one of his deepest books yet and that s saying a lot since I adore his other character so much John Corey The reason I took off a star was because of the length I felt like it took the same amount of time to listen to it as the length of time in which the story takes place two weeks It really didn t take me that long, of course, but the writing style, the depth of description, and the plot were so involved that when it was over and done with I felt about as wiped out as Brennar s character did when the story came to a close On the flip side, if everything hadn t been as well developed as it was, I wouldn t have had such a rich listening experience Once again, Scott Brick s narration was excellent.

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    There was a story about novelist and Vietnam veteran Nelson DeMille in a recent issue of American Legion magazine I was struck by the similarity between his Vietnam tour and my first one to the 1st Cavalry Division in November 1967, battles in Bong Son, then north to Quang Tri for Tet, the relief of Khe Sanh, the A Shau Valley, finally back to the world a year later A fraternity brother gave me the paperback just a week ago Nelson DeMille seemed familiar, even though I d not read any of his books Not personal, it s just that crime novels have never attracted me I flew through the 700 pages hardbound in less than a week The repartee of the characters was entertaining the pace of the story was just enough to hold my interest One story Not really This novel is at least three things between two covers It s a murder mystery, and regardless of Mr DeMille s reputation, that story is pretty thin It s a romance, the principal characters engaging in a barbed repartee between shared beds, showers, and of all things a Nha Trang, Vietnam nude beach DeMille writes the comedy of the battle of the sexes in this instance CIA and Army CID with a deft touch, enough to elicit frequent smiles and an occasional chuckle from this reader.But what it is mostly is a memoir of combat in Vietnam, told as fiction, with some hyperbole a machete entrenching tool mano a mano duel with the enemy Please but with the edgy undercurrent of a real soldier s narrative A soldier returning thirty years on to the killing fields where he lost his youth That young soldier was Lieutenant DeMille, leading a platoon in D Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, and that soldier was me, with my own platoon in D Company 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Both in the 1st Brigade, both saw the elephant in Bong Son, then on to Quang Tri, Khe Sanh, and A Shau The book s protagonist, Paul Brenner, the investigator in The General s Daughter is on the ultimate cold case, a murder in a combat zone That s the thin part, except that Mr Brenner takes a tour of Vietnam, returning to those fields with Susan Weber, the object both of his affection eventually , and his suspicion immediately She isn t the murderer, of course that s never in play but she may not be an ally, either A literal case of sleeping with the enemy DeMille through Brenner takes Susan on a tour, and for a veteran, his word picture of those places at that far away time, and his description of those places as they were in 1997, when he made his own trip back, is than worth the read.DeMille There was a DeMille once, I thought The photograph inside the back cover was familiar, recalled in a younger version I pulled out a blue construction paper program, saved for nearly a half century The front, Graduation Ceremony, Infantry Officer Candidate Class Number 23 67 On the back, the poem, I am the Infantry Inside, my name Chuck Mohr, who became a friend in a later assignment Robert Marasco, who became famous to some, infamous to others and there, too Nelson R DeMille I knew it.He writes that Paul Brenner first saw the elephant in Bong Son, but makes no mention of my current project, The Battle of Tam Quan, fought over two weeks in December 1967 That sent me scrambling to my research, a unit by unit recap of maneuver and contact For 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, no D Company I ll find them, I m sure on firebase defense duty, and none will regret that luck of the draw.

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    Nelson DeMille is a brilliant storyteller Though this brick of a book was over 700 pages, I couldn t put it down, for the sheer suspense of it all I ve met Vietnam Veterans and heard some stories when I was a teen It was a horrible war, senseless to a lot of Americans and with age comes knowledge and wisdom The shocking knowledge that anyone is capable of madness follows the wisdom to understand the emotional stress of that type of war DeMille has described his views and personal experiences nicely in this novel However, I ve heard factual stories that would give you nightmares for months, and these were closer to home I read somewhere that John Travolta might be doing this book as a film but that was many years ago A production company still has the film rights but not sure what happened there The first Paul Brenner book, The General s Daughter, was a great movie Needless to say, I ll be reading of DeMille, but not for a while, as his novels seem to become longer and longer One a year is good enough for me.

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    Just finished reading Up Country by Nelson Demille for at least the third time Enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it If I can read a book three times and still feel it is as fresh and interesting as the first time I read it, then I believe the book deserves 5 stars.If you are interested in gaining some insight into the Vietnam War, then this book will satisfy that desire Demille, an officer who survived two deployments to Vietnam, offers clear and concise information about what this country is like as he travels from Saigon to Hanoi, with a stop in Dien Bien Phu along the way, where the French lost the war in 1954.Written in the first tense, main protagonist Paul Brenner, a retired Criminal Investigative Division officer for the U S army, is lured into an assignment where he is pulled out of retirement to investigate a long standing murder during the TET offensive of 1968 His exploits against the Vietnamese secret police, who suspect he is doing than being a tourist, haunt him from the South to the North of the country He does complete his mission, and manages to escape from the clutches of the secret police and his own government, who is perturbs about the fact that he now knows too much and must be eliminated.The story is fast paced and filled with action and suspense, as only Demille can write.If you haven t read this book, I would highly recommend it If you have, consider reading it again.

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    Not quite a terrible book but certainly not very good I m not even sure why I bothered to finish it, other than the fact that I read it while on vacation in Vietnam To begin with, hardly anything happened in the first 300 pages, other than Brenner s girlfriend smoking a lot Why did he have to describe her everytime she lit up At least he didn t bother us with descriptions of her trips to bathroom.Secondly, there seemed to be some big gaps in logic I m still not sure why they hired the private car when they could have safely taken the bus and it was all okay for the itenary Most importantly I grew tired of he us vs them attitude I guess this is due to the book being set during a very short period in time, the mid 90 s Prior to this, travel was restricted and difficult But Vietnam has really opened up and embraced a lot of capitalism ideals as alluded to in the novel I don t know if there was a lot of anti Americanism in the 90 s, but on the surface there doesn t appear to be any now.Finally, I don t understand why Brenner was needed for the mission The lady did everything translations, communications, transportation, etc Generally speaking I would simply say that the book was silly.

  7. says:

    I like Paul Brenner, but I prefer John Corey by far from Plum Island, The Lion s Game Night Fall due to the fact Paul Brenner can t seem to get past 3 paragraphs without having a 2 full page Vietnam war flashback Not to trivialize the war or whatever, but particularly the trip up to Quang Tri flashback section goes on way long to hold your interest And yes, there s no less than 854 mentions of Susan lighting up another cigarette again references We get it already She s a smoker Having finished this book, I would say I agree from the other reviewers who inevitably asked the question why the heck would Paul Brenner get sent to do a job that clearly Susan could do herself I also am left questioning the legitimacy of Susan s undying love for Paul Brenner as it seems just a little severe and til death do us part to have really truly developed over just a short 2 weeks.

  8. says:

    Excellent novel and narration Rich in history of the Vietnam War Looking forward to by this author Caution, there is profanity and descriptive sex scenes.

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    At one point in the story, retired US army detective Paul Brenner s contact in Vietnam says to him, To your generation, Vietnam is a war To mine it s a country That summed up a lot of how I felt reading Up Country as a US expat living and working in Vietnam.The story involves an extreme cold case The murder of an American soldier during the Vietnam War by one of his fellow officers The only witness is a former North Vietnamese soldier, who may not even still be alive Paul Brenner served two tours of duty during the war, and now he is heading back to Vietnam as a cop playing in a game of spies, dealing with a vindictive Vietnamese secret police inspector while caught up in layers of lies and deception by the people who sent him on his mission.I definitely had mixed feelings about this book First of all, I was pleased with the homework that Mr DeMille had put into the setting Vietnam of 1997, as depicted in the story, held fascinating comparisons to the Vietnam of 2015 that I am experiencing, and just for the level of detail, this was a worthwhile read.It was also fun to see references to locations mentioned in other works set in Saigon The Rex Hotel, which I frequently pass in my wanderings around the city, featured in this book as well as in Graham Greene s The Quiet American There is a sense of connection that DeMille has tapped into, and he definitely does a nice job of capturing the feel of the city and the country.The character of Paul Brenner is a cynical Boston smartass, macho enough to handle himself in some harrowing situations, but with enough self awareness to know that he is no James Bond, as much as he jokes about it Brenner gets some great one liners, and his perspective is generally pretty entertaining.The macho element of his character gives way to casual sexism quite a bit, which is completely in character, but disappointing in how predictable it is He also tends to paint the Vietnamese people with a rather broad brush, and that problem extends further into the structure of the story.The most developed characters in the story are generally Western Vietnamese characters tend to be bit players or background decoration, and the major exception to this is a character who is essentially the villain antagonist might be a better term, but he is bestowed with all of the classic heelish traits one would expect for a character in his role.The story is mostly travel and intrigue with some romance, but when the action heats up it is quite good, including one of the better car chase scenes I have seen in print format.I was a bit disappointed with the ending, both in terms of it being somewhat inconclusive this was intentional, but it didn t completely work for me , and in terms of some of the major plot reveals being predictable.Despite the book s flaws, it was a pretty gripping read It definitely plays to the audience that thinks of Vietnam as a war, but DeMille still managed to include some good accounts of the country that Vietnam was in 1997 with some good insights into the direction the country was moving in to get to my own present day experiences.

  10. says:

    One of my favorite characters, Paul Brenner, is back from one of my favorite authors Having pissed off the brass in his last case, see The General s Daughter, Paul has been forcibly retired having pissed off a lot of brass His former boss, Colonel Helden, calls him up for a meeting at the Wall where he presents a most interesting proposal They have a letter from a witness who says he say an army captain shot an army lieutenant in cold blood during the Tet offensive in Vietnam The army wants the killer identified and punished So Brenner, in return for a bigger pension and reinstatement, must solve a case that has no body, no apparent motive, no accused, no witnesses except for the letter, a witness who may have died years before, a witness who happens to have been NVA, a killer who may even be dead a murder that may not even be a murder and which occurred during the midst of a heated battle over thirties years before Not to mention that the dead man s name is inscribed on the Wall and his relatives and friends all assume he was killed in battle Things are never what they seem, and Brenner learns from his FBI briefing just as he is about to embark on the trip to Vietnam to find the NVA witness, assuming he is still alive, that there are many things the army CID and FBI would rather he not know, but he suspects they want him to locate the man so they can kill him Just his cup of tea Once in Vietnam, Paul meets Susan Boy meets girl, they fall in love, etc., except that Paul suspects that Susan, who ostensibly works for the Bank of America on trade issues, might also have a connection to the CIA She and he travel together, her knowledge of Vietnam proving to be invaluable and Paul begins to put some of the pieces together Many of the Demille books I have read exist on several levels One suspects that this book is a much a personal meditation on the war that DeMille served in as an infantry lieutenant Some of the stories that Paul recounts to Susan are just too real I think it s one of the best books I ve read about our nation s coming to terms with our Vietnam experience

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