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Up Country - Nelson DeMille

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Published: September 2002
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When Paul Brenner gets an email from his former commanding officer, Colonel Karl Hellman, asking him to meet him at the Wall, Washington's monument to the Vietnam dead, he knows it's bound to be trouble.

The Wall contains the names of all the soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War - with a single exception. One of the soldiers, a young lieutenant, didn't die in battle: he was shot by his captain. Now, thirty years later, Hellman wants Brenner to go back to Vietnam to find the only witness to the crime.A death wish, survivor's guilt - Brenner doesn't know why he agrees to help. Vietnam is not the place he left all those years ago, and as Brenner heads up country in pursuit of his target, he realises his search is far bigger than just finding one man. . .

Nelson DeMille has carved out a considerable reputation as one of America's most popular authors, and each new title from him is something of an event. In this one, Paul Brenner receives an email from Colonel Karl Hellman setting up a meeting. Brenner is apprehensive: Hellman was his commanding officer in the army's Criminal Investigation Division but Brenner's investigation of the murder of Captain Ann Campbell obliged him to take early retirement. Brenner meets Hellman at the Wall, Washington's monument to the Vietnam dead, which is inscribed with the names of all the GIs killed in action during the war - except one, a young lieutenant not killed in battle but shot by his own captain in Quang Tri, the province in which Brenner also served. Now Brenner finds himself obliged to go back to Vietnam to track down the only witness to the crime, an ex-Vietnamese soldier called Tran Van Vinh. Few people can bring off the epic thriller with quite the panache of DeMille, and like The Lion's Game, this one juggles several narrative strands in a continent-spanning adventure that is distinguished by the intelligence of its writing. All of the customary bestselling elements are on display here: there's violence, sex and tension, and the author's well-known skill at characterization makes Brenner a solid protagonist. But what makes the book a truly enjoyable experience is DeMille's unerring grasp of pace: he knows exactly how to ratchet up the tension and then release the reader to impart some crucial information before getting our pulses racing again. At over 650 pages, the reader might occasionally feel that there's a shorter book in here struggling to get out, but anyone caught up in the sweep of this epic won't put it down in a hurry. (Kirkus UK)

Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

DeMille returned to the States and went back to Hofstra University where he received his degree in Political Science and History. He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and James, and still lives on Long Island.

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 The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa. He holds three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College.

Nelson 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 and The Lion. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers.

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ISBN: 9780751528244
ISBN-10: 0751528242
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 864
Published: September 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.9  x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1