It's often true, but I found this book to be superior to the movie version, and I thought the movie was good enough to buy. I'm a fan (now) of DeMille, thanks to the recommendation of co-workers. The General's Daughter is a murder mystery, and maybe not for the faintest of heart. The author is so descriptive that I easily pictured the people and scenes in my mind. If, like me, you don't seem to find enough time to read, put this book on your list.
A Winner From Demille
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 11 years ago
Ann Campbell, an army captain and daughter of a famous general, is found dead. With consideration of her position and her father, the army doesn't want this becoming a media event. A military undercover investigator and a sex crimes specialist are brought in to investigate the case. Although you might think you have it all figured out, keep reading. Each secret that's are uncovered about the General's daughter will keep you guessing. This was the first Nelson Demille book that I read and it got me hooked. His characters are true to life and his story lines are full of twists, turns and surprises
I could not put the book down.....
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 12 years ago
I am so glad that I read this book before I saw the movie, as it was so much better. The story is about the body of a girl who is found bound and naked on the firing range of an army base. To make matters worse she is the daughter of The General. The case is passed on to Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill who have to try and solve it without going outside of the armies rules and regulations. This becomes quite difficult when they stumble across corruption and the daughters secret life. The book moves at a fast pace after the initial character building and kept me hanging on every word. Great mystery Novel.
EXCELLENT CHARACTER: PAUL BRENNER
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 12 years ago
With 164 other reviews here you don't need much from me. No, I'm not a large fan of Mr. DeMille but two of his books have caught my interest: this one and UP COUNTRY which coincidently have the same character, Paul Brenner. This is a very satisfying read and though the murder case is kinky and unpleasant the writing and humor along the way will keep most readers reading. His partner, Cynthia Sunhill also of CID, adds repartee as they verbally play off one another. The story flows along very well and anyone who has been in the military will find the dialog or jargon fairly familiar. For those who did not spend time in uniform, Mr. DeMille does his best to demilitarize the jargon into everyday language. So many things in this novel ring true. Hope he writes another concerning these CID people, makes for very interesting reading. If you are looking for a past bestseller from a decade ago that still offers good reading you might want to look this one up. It's worth it. Semper Fi.
A story that manages to be sad, funny, and a great read.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 16 years ago
This is a novel that showcases many of DeMille's strengths as a writer--it manages to be incredibly sad in parts, and utterly hilarious in others. This is a military detective story, and probably the best one I've ever read. DeMille's authenticity as regards military life in the modern Army is total--he transports the reader into the military culture--which is a culture derived from American culture but nonetheless profoundly separate from it. The daughter of the Commanding General of Ft. Hadley has been murdered under bizarre circumstances. DeMille's protagonist, Warrant Officer Brenner, a detective of the Army CID, is detailed to discover who, how, and why. This novel is written in the first person from Brenner's perspective and in this novel this perspective works brilliantly. Brenner and his teammate, WO Sunhill, discover that finding the answers to the riddle is like peeling an onion--with multiple layers of intrigue and corruption surrounding the circumstances of the victim's death. Brenner's observations about the investigation, military life, and his approach to crime-busting are all fascinating, possess a wry but sad humor, and contain a gritty authenticity that make this story highly plausible. The characters crackle with life and realism. The story develops smartly and never drags.This is one of those books that you won't put down. The ending is climactic and startling--and incredibly sad. I was depressed for days after reading this novel, but since then I have read it several more times. This book is an incredibly "good read" and anyone who likes suspense novels will enjoy it thoroughly. Few will read this novel without being moved by it.
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