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by Nelson DeMille

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Nelson DeMille
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Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (November 1, 1985)
526 pages
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Books by Nelson DeMille. By the Rivers of Babylon.

Books by Nelson DeMille. For information address Warner Books, Hachette Book Group, 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017. A Time Warner Company. The Warner Books name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Nelson DeMille tends to produce long books (this one is nearly 900 pages) and that can feel a little intimidating. Yet once into the narrative I always feel the same: amused by a wise-cracking lead character, enthralled by a compelling storyline and, in due course, wishing the book were even longer.

DeMille’s earlier books were NYPD detective novels DeMille is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville.

DeMille’s earlier books were NYPD detective novels. His first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in 1978 and still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He is a member of American Mensa, the Authors Guild, and past president of the Mystery Writers of America. DeMille is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther, The Quest, Radiant Angel, and The Cuban Affair.

Nelson DeMille is a former . Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.

Word of Honor is the fifth major novel by American writer Nelson DeMille and the first which involves the Vietnam War. It was originally published in 1985 by Warner Books. Time Magazine referred to it as "The Caine Mutiny of the 80s", while Publishers Weekly stated that it is comparable to the classic but has "wider implications". The novel covers broad themes associated with war, crime and punishment, culpability of leaders, guilt, justice, honor, and the Vietnam War.

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. Read the gripping story of a Vietnam vet whose secret past threatens his family, career, and honor, from the New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide, and is "a true master" (Dan Brown). He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women.

Van Arken looked at the three men and one woman seated in the row of writing desks in the small lecture room located in the third side of the Pentagon.

Word of Honor is an unexpected story about Vietnam War and how it affected soldiers.

The book is in good condition and a nice bargain. Word of Honor is an unexpected story about Vietnam War and how it affected soldiers. I'd read all of these books years and years ago. I've always enjoyed DeMille's book and just wanted to own these which I thot were his best.

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women.But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson. His family, his career, and his personal sense of honor hang in the balance. And only one woman can reveal the truth of his past -- and set him free.
  • Akta
As a Vietnam Vet I struggled with this book. I was a medic with the 1st Cav, 15th Medical Battalion for 13 months. (May 1969 through June 19, 1970. I was also a Contentious Objector. I did not carry a weapon. I killed no one, but I became increasingly happy that others were willing to kill to protect me.

This book brought back the awful reality of war, and specifically this war, that I had managed to push below my conscious mind. You can’t train a man to kill, bathe him in blood, gore, fear, hate, and anger and expect he will act honorably all of the time. The phrase “Kill them all, let God sort them out! “ spoke volumes. By the end of my tour I knew that there was no God and so nothing would ever be sorted out.
  • krot
It is said that there are autobiographical similarities in Nelson DeMille's Word of Honor novel and his army tour spent in Vietnam as an army infantry platoon leader at about the same time the story plays out, 1967 - 1968. In my mind the similarity tends to enhance the reality of the book. The story begins when Andrew Picard, a novelist, publishes a Vietnam book, specifically about the so-called Tet Offensive in January 1968, titled Battle of Hue. In the book Picard identifies Lieutenant Benjamin J. Tyson as the army platoon leader of a unit suspected of massacring occupants of a hospital occupied by women, children, nuns and wounded enemy soldiers. Picard's book is published 18 years after the incident allegedly took place, and becomes an overnight success. With negative publicity brewing, the army and some Washington politicians are convinced the matter must be addressed, someone must be held responsible. Mr. Ben Tyson, who for the last 18 years has led an exemplary life with a wife and son as well as becoming a vice president of a large New York City firm, is notified that he is under an Article 32 investigation. Major Karen Harper, a smart and beautiful army JAG officer is appointed to investigate the incident in preparation for possible charges under Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, similar to a civilian grand jury. The book struggles through extremely detailed, protracted and sometimes boring narration. From the beginning, DeMille develops his characters extremely well, particularly his prime players. However, DeMille's writing is flawless; I rank him at the top of his class of story tellers for this genre. The book provides an army war college equivalency course in fundamentals of the UCMJ, Article 32 and military court-martial procedures.
Word of Honor is definitely thought provoking; it is not your everyday Vietnam novel. DeMille points out that the book is a story of love, survival, loyalty, betrayal, and, ultimately redemption. The author is fair and balanced in his political views.
The reader will not put this book down until the very last sentence. It is the best of the dozen DeMille books I've read. I rate Word of Honor a strong 5.
  • Whitecaster
This book should be required reading in every university's history and philosophy departmental. The why of it is it recounts the horror of a war, a tragedy really,that should in retrospect never have happened. Mr. DeMille's passion for this story is self evident as he was a combat officer in the same war. He makes no excuses yet his eloquence is brilliant in the telling of this difficult time.
  • Orevise
I have just finished reading this book, this time on my Kindle, for the second time. The first time that I read it was perhaps 12-15 years ago. Much was forgotten since the first read.
I had always thought that this was the best 'novel' that Nelson DeMille ever published and wrote, and I always thought that it deserved a second read. I am glad that I did read it again. Over the time span from the first reading much was forgotten except the main highlights. I am thrilled to have read it again and must state that I enjoyed it even more this time
If you have not read it then you are missing a great book.
Thank you Mr. DeMille! Every page is an adventure. It just appears so real and factual.
  • Dori
“People of the eighties are often shocked by what people of the sixties did, and they are often the same people.”

I was surprised when I happened across this book. I thought I had read most of DeMille's books so it was a treat for me to run across one I had missed previously.

This is one long book at close to 900 pages but I enjoyed every page of it. It is written by an author that also served his country in Vietnam just like the protagonist of the story Ben Tyson.

Ben Tyson was a young lieutenant during the Vietnam War and now, many years later, thought he'd left the horrors of war behind him. He's become a successful business man, lives in a nice house, and has a wife and son he loves.

But one day on the commuter train an acquaintance shows him a book he's reading that lists terrible things that Tyson and the the men he led in Vietnam supposedly did. And his life won't ever be the same.

Tyson is a man, who on the surface doesn't take anything seriously, but as the days go by the reader is drawn into his experiences in Vietnam and see that nothing is ever just black and white but shades of gray.

Great characters, great story. DeMille's experiences in Vietnam showed in the realism he wrote the war scenes with.
  • TheFresh
I grew up during the Vietnam war. I remember sitting at home in the evening listening to the nightly body count. Right or wrong I numbed myself to this period of time. In coming across this book, I felt it was time to face this monster. Nelson DeMille's book was excellent. It jumps between the past and the present giving the reader time to regroup. The characters are strong and believable. Judgements were made on impossible evidence or lack thereof. If you choose to relive this period of our history, I suggest you read Word of Honor.