The General's Daughter : Paul Brenner

  • by Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Paul Brenner
  • 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Captain Ann Campbell is a West Point graduate, the daughter of legendary General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is the pride of Fort Hadley until, one morning, her body is found, naked and bound, on the firing range.
Paul Brenner is a member of the Army's elite undercover investigative unit and the man in charge of this politically explosive case. Teamed with rape specialist Cynthia Sunhill, with whom he once had a tempestuous, doomed affair, Brenner is about to learn just how many people were sexually, emotionally, and dangerously involved with the Army's "golden girl". And how the neatly pressed uniforms and honor codes of the military hide a corruption as rank as Ann Campbell's shocking secret life.


What the Critics Say

"Long before the John Travolta film of The General's Daughter...Nelson DeMille's seventh mystery was the breakout hit of his career. The rapid-fire dialogue and scenes are cinematic, and the storytelling puts most movies to shame....This is one racy read, and it crackles with authenticity. DeMille is a Vietnam veteran who does for military justice what John Grisham does for civilians." ( review)


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One of DeMille's best, an American classic

Having been disappointed by some of the more recent DeMille books, I decided to listen to this one, in spite of having read it at least twice since it was published in 1992. I didn't see the 1999 film, but picking this one to listen to was one of my best ideas, ever. It's an amazing story, start to finish -- gripping and tense, but still funny, especially when DeMille's trademark smart-ass protagonist cuts loose. Just a great book.

It's always funny how differently a book comes off when you read it yourself, as compared to having it read to you by someone as excellent as Scott Brick. For this one, I knew 'who done it', I even knew why. And yet there was simply no good place to stop listening -- ever. This was one of those books where I kept manufacturing manual tasks so I could keep on listening.

The General's Daughter is a far more complex book than just "a murder mystery", as DeMille writes in a long and interesting foreword to this edition. As I was listening, I kept thinking that I wished I had a book club to discuss this one with -- there are so many issues, so many aspects of this tale that deserve discussion, that I longed for another reader to share ideas with.

As just one aspect of the story, the book deals with the integration of women into the armed services, not just as file clerks and secretaries, but equal to men in job assignments. DeMille makes the point in his introduction that he's all in favor of such equality in the military, but the book paints a slightly different picture -- or seems to. Even though I spent time as a Women Marine, I'm not at all as sure as DeMille is, that full equality for women across the board, including on the battlefield, is such a great idea. Men and women ARE different, in spite of a trend today to insist that they are not. Whether those differences can be sublimated so that they can easily serve together under battlefield conditions, is open to question -- at least in my mind. This isn't a battlefield book, but one of the plot elements still raises these questions.

The General's Daughter is a multi-layered tale - you can listen to it and enjoy nothing more than the uncovering of the murderer's identity, the why's and how's the very clever deed was accomplished. Or you can allow yourself to delve into many of the deeper issues the book raises. Whatever, it's not to be missed.

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- karen

Twisted Sister

Although the book was well written in the classic DeMille style, I though the sexual escapades of Ann Campbell were way too graphic and could have been toned down. DeMille writes great supense and I have enjoyed all of his books until now. It was difficult to stay with this one to find out just 'who done it' and I have to admit I hurried though some of the more smutty portions to get to that point. I am a solid Scott Brick fan but this time I did not think Mr Brick did the voices of some of the male characters well at all. Most of the Officers voices sounded way to 'Fluffy' instead of the usual clipped voice of a man used to giving orders.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio