Flashback Friday: Word of Honor

ffbutton2Flashback Friday is a weekly tradition started here at Bookshelf Fantasies, focusing on showing some love for the older books in our lives and on our shelves. If you’d like to join in, just pick a book published at least five years ago, post your Flashback Friday pick on your blog, and let us all know about that special book from your reading past and why it matters to you. Don’t forget to link up!

My Flashback Friday pick this week:

Word of Honor

Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille
(published 1985)

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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.

Many years ago, I went through a reading frenzy related to the Vietnam War. History, memoirs, biography, and fiction — Vietnam was my reading obsession for a time, and when I stumbled across Word of Honor, there was no way I could resist.

The secrets and deceptions in this novel revolve around a covered-up massacre similar to the historical atrocities committed at My Lai. In Word of Honor, we meet a decent man with a shameful past, and as the truth emerges, questions are posed about forgiveness, responsibility, and justice. The fictionalized historical events are fascinating, as are the court martial and legal proceedings that follow. Ultimately a military and courtroom thriller, Word of Honor is fast-paced and absorbing, while at the same time providing an intriguing look into the psychology of men at war and the damage that lingers long afterward.

What flashback book is on your mind this week?

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