Word of Honor

  • by Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 28 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This one's worth a credit!

With 4 hours of driving a day and 2 accounts I go through a lot of books!
This is great!
Demille does a fantastic job of deconstructing the war through his characters--both here and in other books. He gives us a soul victory if not a military one.
Great Story.
Scott Brick is the absolute best!
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- Mike

What DeMille Does So Well

I didn't like The Gate House, and it was not read by Scott Brick. I know this is an old title, and I looked for an audio edition from farther back. I'm not sure if this is completely new or a re-release, but it's a good pairing of Brick and DeMille.

I guess there are a three veins of DeMille fiction. The first is Cathedral and Charm School, Up Country and this book. The characters are strong, the detail is exceptional, and the plots move along quite well for very long books. So this is just a great part of this early period.

The Gate House and The Gold Coast are in a different category. One is great, but the later book was very disappointing.

The final category are the Corey Books. When Brick does Corey, it's what audiobooks should be. I think Night Fall and The Lion's Game are outstanding. I genuinely hope the follow-up to Lion's Game is great. Plum Island is good, but the Corey character is a little soft here and there. Wild Fire lacks the finesse of Lion's Game, and seems like the weakest Corey book.

In many ways, DeMille defines the thriller category. Many other writers are completely formulaic, macho that is cartoonish, or with endless plot gimmicks. So hopefully the second part of Lion's Game avoids some of the pitfalls in The Gate House.
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- George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio