Up Country (Paul Brenner Series #2)

Up Country (Paul Brenner Series #2)

by Nelson DeMille


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"Much more than a blood-and-guts thriller...An insightful, moving, and sensitive look at what the war did to a country, its people, and its enemies." - Orlando Sentinel

Former army homicide investigator Paul Brenner has just gotten used to the early retirement forced on him after the disastrous end of his last case when his old commanding officer asks him to return for one final mission: investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam thirty years before. Brenner reluctantly accepts out of curiosity and loyalty...and maybe a touch of boredom. He won't be bored for long.

Back in Vietnam, Brenner meets expatriate Susan Weber, a woman as exotic, sensual, and dangerous as the nation of her voluntary exile. Brenner is plunged into a world of corruption, lethal double cross, and haunted memories-as he's suddenly thrust back into a war that neither he nor his country ever really stopped fighting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446177931
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Series: Paul Brenner Series , #2
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 741,078
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 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.net.


Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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Up Country (Paul Brenner Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Brother was an infantry man with the 11th Armored Cav. in Viet Name in 66-67 and I could not believe what memeories this book brought back to me ---- like just waiting for letters from him to know he was still alive. I love Nelson DeMille and I love his books and thank him for writing this one - I told my brother and about it. It was funny because he has never talked much about his time in Viet Nam but he expressed a desire to read it. I know he will love this book - I am ordering it for him today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was obviously very important to Mr. DeMille, returning to Vietnam in print to deal with his experiences both as soldier and visiting former soldier. The story is classic DeMille, well thought out and expertly unfolded as you turn the pages. The characters are definitely classic DeMille, full of wit and sarcasm. The only drawback to the book is that at times, it felt more like therapy for dealing with the horrors of the Vietnam War than a story; however, for those interested in 'primary history', it is good to read to understand how DeMille feels about his involvement in Vietnam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!! Interesting descriptions of the war and the country, made me feel as if I was there. The characters are as suprising as the events that happen along the story, I highly recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of DeMille's best. A bit on the long side, it tells a great story about discovery and healing past wounds of war. Great twists and turns, as well as excellent character developement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great sequel to the General's Daughter, one may have problems putting this book down. An intriguing Vietnam experience, dealing with the past and present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelson DeMille's book, 'Up Country' is superb. His ability to weave a tapestry of Viet Nam's 'tinkling windchime,' an ambience that leaves the reader with a sense of exquisite Southeast Asian emptiness is perfect. I spent 3 tours in Vietnam, 1964-65; 1966; 1969-70, my first two tours as a marine infantryman, machinegunner and machinegun squad leader, and my last tour as a Marine CID agent assigned to Da Nang. I was later commissioned in the Army and served as an investigations officer. His character, Paul Brenner, portrayed by John Travolta in the movie, 'The General's Daughter,' truly typifies the modus operandi and 'signature' of the CWO CID Special Agent, intensely territorial, educated, highly trained and experienced, and always comtemptuous of arrogant authority, especially the fistulated mentality of the abusers of military authority, senior enlisted and commissioned officer personnel. 'Up Country' took me on a journey to my life many worlds ago - to a place that was and still is anachronistic - timecapsuled, French Indochina, Vietnam - the Michelin rubber plantations, the smell of joss sticks, villages with charcoal emanating from each home, blue-gray smoke rising into the evening air, the stench of rice paddies, a beautiful emerald land that in the end, compensated few of us. Death, life, courage, cowardice, gallantry, brutality, a pathos of sadness, all of these feelings, all of them lived in a moment while lifting a bodybag into a chopper the second day of an operation somewhere in I Corps, Phu Lac, or at the bottom of Viet Nam in the Rung Sat, Mekong, where the wounded soon became dead, putrifying beneath a poncho, those holy images of God, bloating, because marine engineers hadn't yet cleared a landing zone in triple canopied mangrove swamp forests. Viet Nam is a wonderful land. Her people are magnificent - warriors, sagacious, 'if you can't do it in this lifetime, do it in the next!' Nelson De Mille captured all of this in 'Up Country.' This must become a movie - John Travolta must reprise his role. If he declines, and I don't know why he would, a good alternate would be Mickey Rourke - he's tough, intelligent, quiet, introspective, aggressive, and 'Irish.' I give Nelson De Mille's book 5 STARS. Superb. Dr. Larry L. Kurtz
Melancholia More than 1 year ago
I read this when it came out in hardcover; couldn't put it down. Then I even ordered it in large print so when I grew old I could still manage to read it and now I bought it again in mass market to reread. It's his best story if you've lived through Vietnam in any way. It informed and helped heal me since that war brought so much tragedy to my life. DeMille has a great sense of humor always and he had been back to Vietnam many years later after serving in the military there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great personal history of the war and an exciting murder investigation. Hopefully he will use the character Paul Brenner in an Abu Gharib investiogation, or something similar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this novel centered on the Vietnam war. The character development is excellent, and follows the classic DeMille pattern of sarcasm,wit,and self discovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was riviting, as a Vietnam Vet it brought back many memories, some good, some bad. His eerie discription of battlefields such as the Ashau Valley and Khe Sanh were right on the mark. I envisioned myself as the character Paul Brenner as he followed his mission around Vietnam.
Paulam13 More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this book! First of all let me say Thank You for your Service!. It is Memorial Weekend, so an appropriate time for me to finish this great read. I am a few years young to have had a personal connection to the Vietnam War at the time, but remember both of my brothers having friends that served, and some that were drafted for the war. As a child, I remember more about the parents that discussed the war, and the impact it was having on their personal lives as children joined the armed forces to serve during this time. Last year, my husband and I watched the 10 series documentary written by Geoffrey C Ward on the Vietnam War. We became somewhat transfixed on the documentary. I continue to read information about that time in our history, and the human, political, emotional, and economical elements that surfaced during the war for both the Vietnamese and Americans, both then and now. I am visiting Vietnam next January, so was very committed to this book and the history it provided, especially from a Vets point of view. The characters and the plot were great as well, but I truly just absorbed the information about the country, the survival of those that lived to educate us as to the war's impact, and the progression that the Vietnamese people and their country have made since those dark hours for so many years. Thank you so much for a great experience, not just a great read! I am sure I will have to read this one again.
BearSkee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Descriptive tale of current Vietnam and its war torn past.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was probably one of the most compelling representations of Vietnam I've ever been exposed to: the war, reflections on the war, and present-day - at least, when the main story takes place, in '97. What I mean by that is that I developed a deeper understanding of the people, their tenacity, and various things that occurred during the war. I haven't changed my opinion that the Communist North should have been crushed like a bug (we could have done it, we just lacked the will - and the South Vietnamese citizens paid the price when we left). DeMille's writing really put me in the situation and I felt like I was there, experiencing what was happening, right along with Paul Brennar. This was probably one of his deepest books yet - and that's saying a lot since I adore his other character so much more (John Corey). The reason I took off a star was because of the length. I felt like it took the same amount of time to listen to it as the length of time in which the story takes place (two weeks). It really didn't take me *that* long, of course, but the writing style, the depth of description, and the plot were so involved that when it was over and done with I felt about as wiped out as Brennar's character did when the story came to a close. On the flip side, if everything hadn't been as well developed as it was, I wouldn't have had such a rich listening experience. Once again, Scott Brick's narration was excellent.
donaldgallinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Up Country is Nelson Demille's suspense thriller set in post-Vietnam. Full of exciting escapes and tense drama, Demille takes the reader on a dangerous adventure through a country teaming with ghosts from previous wars. Superbly researched. Brilliantly paced. A must read for DeMille fans.
HankIII on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my very first DeMille book, and I enjoyed it so much I hated to see it end. But since it did, I immediately went on a DeMille spree. It lit the fuse...
lovejoy_rat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic thriller that really sends you into the heads of the main characters. DeMille draws you into the heart of the Vientmese people and its war torn lands with a tremendus sense of place, and a great sense of humor.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Up Country¿ by Nelson DeMille is a new kind of adventure, espionage, suspense book for DeMille. Returning again to Vietnam and the places he was stationed during the Vietnam War, Paul Brenner has been persuaded to investigate and resolve the murder of a soldier during wartime. Starting with a long lost letter from a family, following the trail to find the personal effects of the soldier, and the travels across the Vietnam countryside fill the pages of this novel. The book is politically charged with whispers of top level of government being involved in a potential cover up. The characters, especially the Vietnam military leaders (Colonel Mang) and henchmen and country characters that Susan and Paul interact with on their travels were well developed though not always likable. The book gave a good view of the country and it¿s different characteristics from the city to the county and up into the hills with seldom visited small villages and huts. This was a good book that I really enjoyed.
MikeD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very Good Story about a modern day murder that leads to a visit back to Vietnam for vet and cop Paul Brenner.
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Jas1633 More than 1 year ago
Great history of Viet war, great geog.lesson. Top, page turning story line.
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