Up Country

Up Country

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Retired Army investigator Paul Brenner is called back into service to investigate the death of a soldier thirty years earlier in Vietnam--a case that stirs up many unpleasant memories.

Blackwell North Amer
There is a name carved into the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., of an American army lieutenant whose death is shrouded in mystery. The authorities have reason to believe that he was not killed by the enemy, or by friendly fire; they suspect he was murdered.
At first, Paul Brenner, himself a Vietnam vet, isn't interested in investigating the case. After his forced retirement from the army's Criminal Investigation Division, he has adapted to the life of a civilian with a comfortable pension. Then his old boss, Karl Hellmann, summons him to the Vietnam Memorial to call in a career's worth of favors.
Hellmann tells Brenner of the circumstances surrounding the officer's death, and gives him this much to go on: The incident happened over three decades ago in Vietnam; the only evidence is a recently discovered letter written by an enemy soldier describing an act of shocking violence. The name of the North Vietnamese soldier is known, but not his present whereabouts, or even if he is alive or dead.
Brenner's assignment: Return to Vietnam and find the witness. The addendum: The mission is very important ot the U.S. Army. Brenner's the ideal man for the job. And it's in his best interest that he doesn't know what this case is really about.
Reluctantly, Brenner begins a strange journey that unearths his own painful memories of Vietnam and leads him down a trail as dangerous as the ones he walked a lifetime ago as a young infantryman. From sultry, sinful Saigon, where he meets beautiful American expatriate Susan Weber, to the remote, forbidding wilderness of up-country Vietnam, he will follow a trail of lies, betrayal, and murder ... and uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

Baker
& Taylor

Retired Army investigator Paul Brenner is called back into service to investigate the death of a soldier thirty years earlier in Vietnam--a case that stirs up many unpleasant memories. 1,000,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780446516570
0446516570
Characteristics: 706 p. ; 24 cm

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10000mefest
Apr 05, 2017

Demille is a jokester.
This guy inserts humor in just about every dialogue.
I enjoyed this story. But I think some of the plot points were a bit unrealistic. Problems that could have been solved with a bit more polish. I think the female "co-star" could have been slightly more fleshed out, to make her falling in love with the main character a bit more believable. He's in his 50's she's in her 30's. This most certainly can happen and does. But just give us a little more reason why in this case she became so enamored.

But, all in all the story moved along at a good clip. It was a great ride.

*Recommended

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cguy64
Mar 10, 2016

Outstanding sequel to The General's Daughter, the sarcastic Paul Brenner is sent back to Viet Nam where he is assigned to travel with a beautiful CIA agent to find a former North Vietnamese soldier. The relationship between the pair is what makes the book interesting. They have great chemistry with a strong dose of sexual tension stemming from the fact that Brenner is never certain whether she will betray him to the North Vietnamese or spend the night with him, or both. Add in the detective story which sends Brenner to North Viet Nam in the first place and you have a great book.

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Cathicruiser
Sep 29, 2010

Fabulous read.

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arturo_m
Jul 25, 2010

A disgruntled ex government employee gets roped into returning to Vietnam on an assignment. His observations and cynicism are hilarious. On his adventure he encounters memories, a winter spring romance and faces the demons of his own experience in the war. Good to pass the time.

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