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Word of Honor - Nelson DeMille
Word of Honor
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Book Description Publication Date: 1985 From Publishers Weekly: If fiction can assuage the lingering moral pain of the Vietnam War, it's through the kind of driving honesty coupled with knowledgeability that DeMille (By the Rivers of Babylon) employs here, in a story which, as riveting as The... show more
Book Description
Publication Date: 1985
From Publishers Weekly: If fiction can assuage the lingering moral pain of the Vietnam War, it's through the kind of driving honesty coupled with knowledgeability that DeMille (By the Rivers of Babylon) employs here, in a story which, as riveting as The Caine Mutiny but with wider implications, probes the conflicting concepts of honor, duty and loyalty as they relate to an event of the My Lai variety and assesses blame. Prompted by a just-published book that holds ex-lieutenant Ben Tyson accountable for a hushed-up massacre committed by his platoon in a Hue hospital 18 years before, the army recalls Tyson to stand trial for murder. Tyson, confronted by an army authority anxious to save its own face, an embarrassed federal government (which has its own "deal" to propose) and a threatened marriage, and entangled, furthermore, in his own past lives and present sense of guilt, must call on all his lawyer's cleverness and his own inner toughness to fight his case. The flashbacks to Hue, the pre-trial investigation (involving an attractive female major), the court-martial proceedings, the emotions of the principal characters and the soul-sickness wrought by war (which is the story's effective subtext)all are depicted with marvelous vividness. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. Foreign rights: Jack Ellison. November 11 Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780446301589 (0446301582)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 752
Edition language: English
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Crime-on-thrill
Crime-on-thrill rated it
The last Demille book I had read was THE LION. And, I couldn’t wait to get it off my back. It was that bad. So, it was with great reluctance that I picked up the WORD OF HONOR. Reluctance because it was written by Demille, and THE LION was still chasing me. And, secondly the book was blurb-ed as a c...
Proctosophy
Proctosophy rated it
4.0 Word of Honor review
A businessman's past service in Vietnam is called into question when his platoon is publicly accused of war crimes and he is brought before a military court. I didn't know through most of the book whether the hero was going to remain the upstanding, honorable guy he's portrayed as or turn out to be ...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
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HOLY CRAP!! I didn't expect this book to make me bawl like a baby, but it did! Nelson DeMille produced his magnum opus his first time out. This story is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was first published. How I wish that were not so. But war will always be with us, and the ethical q...
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
Finished. Totally excellent.I'm about half way through and I have to say I suspect this may be the best DeMille I have read. I believe that DeMille was an infantry Lt. in Vietnam and it shows. I've read a lot of Vietnam books and I think this one captures the impact on the soldiers and the interna...
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