Murder Investigation Up Country

Murder Investigation Up Country


The head of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Army assigns Paul Brenner to a murder investigation Up Country.  The novel tells of an army investigator who revisits Vietnam where his army unit fought during the war in 1968 and 1972.

I’ve read several books by Nelson DeMille, including The Gold Coast and The General’s Daughter.  I especially loved The Lion’s Game, which I read several times.  Nelson DeMille usually writes novels about actual events that happened in history.  The fictional part is the main characters of the story which are detectives trying to discover the truth.  It is fascinating to hear the details of what happened.  Although, the author does not reveal what parts are correct and what he made up in the book.

Similarly, Up Country depicts many actual events.

Nelson DeMille served in the army during the Vietnam war in 1967-68 in Quang Tri Province, where this story takes place.  Before writing and in preparation for writing Up Country, he returned to Vietnam to visit the places where his army unit fought during the war.  This novel came from that experience in 1997.


“The Westerners use it here [Vietnam].  Up Country.  Means someplace out of Saigon or any major city – usually someplace that you’d rather not be – like in the wilds.” (p. 183)

Paul Brenner ultimately wants to go Up Country to find the witness to the murder that he is investigating.  The author describes this location, who lives there, and how to travel.


Paul Brenner, a retired Army investigator, is called back on a case that involves a murder that happened 30 years ago in Vietnam during the war in 1968.  He was also the main character in another novel by Nelson DeMille, The General’s Daughter.

The majority of this story takes place in Vietnam where Paul Brenner remembers his time in the army during the war.  The main reason the Criminal Investigation Division of the Army sent him to Vietnam was to talk to the witness of the 30-year-old murder and gather some evidence.  Since this conversation happens at the end of the book, there is not much investigating happening.  However, there is a lot of adventure to keep the story interesting.  And, of course, there are love and sex scenes in the book.  Paul’s lover, Susan Weber, becomes his partner in the investigation.


I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the author’s other books.  Although I was disappointed that there wasn’t more written about the investigation, I enjoyed Paul Brenner’s reminiscing about his events that happened to him in the war, especially since I knew that much of the information came from Nelson DeMille’s personal experiences.  Furthermore, the author filled the pages with many dangerous scenes.  There was never a dull moment.  I recommend this book readers who like murder mysteries.


Benefits of Lemon Water

Benefits of Lemon Water

Drink at least your body weight in ounces of water each day.  For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 oz of water every day.  There are several benefits of lemon water.  How do you drink that much water in one day? 

Portioning your water will make it less overwhelming.  If you need to drink 4 or 5 bottles of water (16.9 oz), then put aside that many so that you know exactly how much you need to drink.  It is easier to have the full amount ready and then take from that stash throughout the day.  That way you can keep track of how many more bottles you still need to drink. 

Also it is better to drink one 16 oz glass of water in one sitting, rather than sipping on water all day long.

You can also fill up a half gallon (64 oz) container at the beginning of the day, which would be your total water for the day.

Benefits of Lemon Water

Add lemon to your water for extra health benefits. Drink 16 oz water with lemon as soon as you wake up in the morning, and then wait 20-30 minutes before eating breakfast.  Ideally, you should use lemon juice from a freshly squeezed organic lemon.  But pure lemon juice found in a container found at most grocery stores is fine. 

Repeat this before each meal.  I drink a 16.9 oz bottle of water with lemon 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, totaling 50.7 oz.   Then I have plain water the rest of the day.  I usually have another glass of water two hours before I go to bed.

There are many benefits of Lemon Water.  Lemon juice helps to cleanse your liver and also prepares you stomach for the digestion process.  That is why drinking lemon juice 20-30 minutes before a meal is important.  It also helps rid your body of toxins. 

During Exercise

Water during exercise is essential.  As your body sweats, you need to replenish that water.  My suggestion though is to not drink a ton of water one hour before exercising.  Otherwise, you will need to interrupt your exercise workout to go to the bathroom.  There is no set amount, just drink when you feel thirsty during exercise.  Your body will tell you that it wants more water.  Be kind and rehydrate your body. 

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