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Up Country (Paul Brenner Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This is an excellent book!

Upcountry mixes memories of the Vietnam War with an image of current Vietnam and how the war is still a part of their lives. It also tells a great story of a man who undertakes a mission, comes to terms with his past and falls in love. I couldn't put it down because at ...
Upcountry mixes memories of the Vietnam War with an image of current Vietnam and how the war is still a part of their lives. It also tells a great story of a man who undertakes a mission, comes to terms with his past and falls in love. I couldn't put it down because at the end of each chapter something happens that makes you want to keep reading and I even started reading it again right after I finished it.

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

DeMille is excellent - but not this time.

Nelson Demille is, by far, my favourite author and a writer of substantial quality. All of his books are of the highest quality and a pleasure to read and re-read. Up Country is however, the only exception. Being many many pages in length it is certainly an interesti...
Nelson Demille is, by far, my favourite author and a writer of substantial quality. All of his books are of the highest quality and a pleasure to read and re-read. Up Country is however, the only exception. Being many many pages in length it is certainly an interesting insight into the '68 Tet Offensive however it is lacking any worthy plot. The novel unfortunately reads as more of a set of war memoirs although I am pleased that Nelson has 'got this off his chest'! I even flew to the Vero Beach book centre to meet Nelson and for him to sign my copy so it's a shame I'm unlikely to read this novel again. An interesting read, but not a classic.

posted by Anonymous on October 31, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    DeMille is excellent - but not this time.

    Nelson Demille is, by far, my favourite author and a writer of substantial quality. All of his books are of the highest quality and a pleasure to read and re-read. Up Country is however, the only exception. Being many many pages in length it is certainly an interesting insight into the '68 Tet Offensive however it is lacking any worthy plot. The novel unfortunately reads as more of a set of war memoirs although I am pleased that Nelson has 'got this off his chest'! I even flew to the Vero Beach book centre to meet Nelson and for him to sign my copy so it's a shame I'm unlikely to read this novel again. An interesting read, but not a classic.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    Where is Colonal Mang when you need him

    I'm sorry - this book was about 300 pages too long....never really got to the point - and both Susan and Paul were way "too witty" for me and at times I just wanted them to remain silent - well most of the time, I wanted them to remain silent. I gave it 2 stars instead of one because I respect the research DeMille did and since I'm from the generation where a lot folks we knew were in Viet Nam...I enjoyed the history (a little)....after 200 pages, I thought, maybe the NEXT page will get to the point - then it was 300 pages and by 400 pages, I had too much time invested in the book and finished it....whatever was I thinking....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Love Nelson DeMille. Hated This Book.

    I LOVE Nelson DeMille. He is definitely one of my favorite authors but he totally missed the mark with this book. Long, drawn-out 'walk-down memorary lane' descriptions with very little suspense or action. It was all I could do to finish the book. I kept thinking 'this has got to get interesting soon' but unfortunately I was wrong. Nelson DeMille fans - you will be more than disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    What a let down

    First, let me just say I love Nelson DeMille, but this book just didn't do it for me. For one thing it feels like it has no plot. The plot is centered around a murder that took place in Vietnam 30 years ago, but the book deals very little with it, rather it feels like you're reading DeMille's personal Vietnam diary. The experssion 'starts with a bang, ends in a wimper' can apply here as well. I started off reading this book thinking 'WOW, this is going to be great...' and I read over 100 pages in just a few hours. But the book seemed to drag on and on, and the ending is so dull, and flat that it wasn't even worth finishing. I am also getting kinda sick and tired of the formula DeMille seems to be using in all his books, which is the 'Middle-age wise cracking male who likes to drink and hooks up with a beautiful women half his age'. It's come to a point now that it feels like Paul Brenner and John Corey (Plum Island, and The Lion's Game) are the same character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Disappointing

    What a great beginning! What a great ending! What a ... slow middle. I'm a DeMille lover, but this is easily his worst novel. In the long, long middle 3/4ths of the novel, you'll swear you've read the same dialogue 10 times. Basically, it's a travelogue. The wit is there. Yes, there are some interesting passages. But alas, the bulk of this work is not up to DeMille's standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    Travel thru Viet Nam

    This book was a travel guide through Viet Nam.There was very little action, as in De Mille's other books. It was mostly a tour of Viet Nams eating and drinking establishments and the countries neighborhoods. The book focused on the differences between Viet Nam today and during the 60's. By the time De Mille reached the reason for the main characters assignment, I had lost interest. Mainly because I had to wade through a tour of North and South Viet Nam,in which I have no interest, until the very last chapter when he finally brought it to a conclusion. .

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