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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 specialistCaptain 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....

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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The General's Daughter Reviews

  • Bob Mayer
    2019-06-01 18:54

    I read this as my introduction to Nelson DeMille years ago. As a veteran, his take on the Army is quite accurate. I like the balance of the mystery and the humor of the protagonist.As a West Point graduate with the second class to have women, I think he explored a subject that few are willing to get into.Where does the quest for power cross personal ethics? How much is an officer willing to give up for rank? With classmates commanding the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg and McChord-Lewis in WA as three star generals, I find the different paths we all took quite interesting.Nelson DeMille is an outstanding author whose work always has a great twist to it.Highly recommended.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-28 16:42

    I can't recall the first time I read this book but I know I have read it in hardback, paperback and now Kindle. And it is like being wrapped up in a soft warm blanket, okay a creepy blanket.This is a brilliant police procedural set on a military base in America in the early 90s. Warrant Officer Paul Bremmer is already at the base investigating a plot to illegally sell military arms to baddies. He is called to a scene of rape / murder which is terrible and made worse when it is revealed the victim is the daughter of the camp's General. What seems simple gets more complex as the victim is shown to be quite a freak. But she has reasons and the General's entire staff is complicit. Accompanied by Warrant Officer Cynthia Sunhill, a rape specialist, he peels the onion which is the camp and its personnel. The situation is further complicated by his previous relationship with Ms. Sunhill when they were stationed in Brussels.In the preface to the book Mr. DeMille speaks of the casting of the movie. A long time ago I knew he envisioned Bruce Willis playing Paul Bremmer and ever since then I have also envisioned him as Paul Bremmer.

  • Jeanette
    2019-05-20 17:38

    Excellent mystery. Kept me up late a few nights. I figured out early on who killed the general's daughter, but DeMille did some skillful misdirecting to make me question my guess for a few hundred pages. Sneaky devil. Some of the characters here are depraved in a way I wouldn't expect from DeMille, but they serve his purpose. He highlights some problems created by having males and females serving side by side in the military. I loved the witty banter between investigators Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill. The set-up is similar to DeMille's John Corey/Kate Mayfield relationship. Take a wise-cracking, middle-aged guy, very good at his job but doesn't play by the rules. Pair him with a much younger, smarter but less experienced female who keeps him humble and is handy with the snappy retorts. A little sexual tension and a lot of great dialogue. Works well for DeMille and his readers. Bestest line in the whole book: "In fact, he's rather tight-assed, and if you put a lump of coal up his butt, he'd produce a diamond within a week."

  • Mike French
    2019-06-01 17:47

    Very enjoyable and entertaining book from beginning to end. I am a big fan of Nelson DeMille and looking forward to reading more of his work.

  • Corey
    2019-06-08 18:05

    Excellent book! Kept me up almost past midnight while reading every night, I just couldn't put it down! It was a great who-done-it murder mystery, but also very true to life, with what goes on behind closed doors in the Military.Army Captain Ann Campbell, the young daughter of General Joe Campbell, is a West Point Graduate, and a very highly decorated soldier, until her body is found, naked and bound, on the firing range at Army Base Fort Hadley. CID (Criminal Investigation Department) Officer and former Vietnam Soldier Paul Brenner is the man in charge of the investigation. Teamed with Brenner is Rape Specialist Cynthia Sunhill, who once had a complicated relationship with Brenner, they work on and off the clock, questioning everyone on the base, witnesses and others who knew the deceased. At first to Brenner, the case turns out to be just a normal rape and murder, but he and Sunhill learn that Ann Campbell had been sexually involved with many people, and they learn about her dark past, corruption within the Army, and a cover-up years back which lead to Campbell's death. The only thing preventing me from giving the book 5 stars, was even though the case was closed in the end, I personally felt that not all parties were held accountable for the murder. Other than that it was a great book, and a great premise. I enjoyed the witty one-liners from Brenner, and his love-hate relationship with Detective Sunhill, he's like another version of the John Corey series, which is by the same author for those of you who don't know.PS The General's Daughter was also made into a movie in the late 90's, with the same title, starring John Travolta, and I remember liking it because he's one of my favorite actors, but as usual the book was better!

  • Richard
    2019-06-16 18:57

    I have seen the movie so many times, that John Travolta as a rough and sarcastic military investigator Paul Brenner is burned into the back of my head. And I really enjoyed the movie, and will watch it again for the 100th time.The book was great, and way way way better than the movie, even though I had Travolta's face in the back of my mind while reading it. This is one of those books I stayed up reading way too late, lost track of time, and had that addictive quality too it.If I was to become a writer this is what I would write about; suspenseful military crime drama, with political overtones, scandalous sex, women in power, strong women, sexual deviance, and psycho sexual revenge, incredible characters, an antagonistic duo of detectives.I would highly recommend reading this book and it's partner book Up Country with Paul Brenner in Vietnam.

  • Deyth Banger
    2019-05-23 19:57

    What more than a place around General's and to don't be somebody like a friend... but to be a the "daughter"... from this look to see what's the feeling to be in type of person and you father to be the general.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-07 19:42

    Maybe 3.5 stars . . .I thought it was good . . . but I also thought it drug on a bit longer than it needed to in various places throughout the book. When I look back on it after finishing, I think it kept rehashing plot points in places that didn't need it - probably added 150 unnecessary pages or so.But, as I said, not bad in the long run.

  • Wesley
    2019-05-19 16:47

    The book was okay. I liked some parts, but not all of it. Still, I will read more books by the author.

  • Denise
    2019-06-15 16:42

    Where have I been that I didn't know that this book existed or that it was made into a movie 10 years ago?! As others have mentioned, one of the benefits of the book club is the opportunity to read something I would not have sought out on my own. Left to my own devices, I probably would have passed up this great murder/mystery. After settling into the book, I was captivated by the unfolding of the crime and the subsequent events that led up to the final "who done it." At times, however, I found the subject matter unsettling and sad, but in the end, I felt like Capt. Ann Campbell had made peace with herself and her demons.I was somewhat irritated with the 2 investigators, Paul and Cynthia. I found Paul to be condescending and dismissive toward Cynthia, while she in turn, seemed to always be in the background, her character never fully revealed. Towards the end, I was kind of hoping to fast forward the last quarter of the book.On another note, this book provided interesting insight into military life and its assigned protocols, sometimes too prescribed for me. I'm glad I decided to try something new in reading this genre of book. Definitely a page-turner and I have requested the movie from the library. I'm looking forward to seeing the book's characters transformed to the big screen, especially John Travolta's portrayal of Paul.

  • Sarah ~
    2019-06-17 20:06

    تبدأ رواية ابنة الجنرال بجريمة قتل ، ونرى منذ البداية أنها ليست مجرد جريمة ضد فرد أو مجتمع بل جريمة ضد المؤسسة العسكرية ..جريمة ضد النظام والإنضباط، وإهانة لمفاهيم الشرف والولاء والحكمة العسكرية التي تتمثل في : " كل الأخوة بواسل ، وكل الأخوات فاضلات " ..ــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــهذه الجملة تلخص هذه الرواية ..يبحث بول برينير وسينيثيا صنهيل المحققان العسكريان عن المتهم ،ويكتشفان ان للجريمة أبعاداً أخرى أعمق ..يختلط فيها الماضي بالحاضر .. وهناكَ أيضاً خليط آخر ، خليط من التوقيت السيء ، وسوء الحظ وسوء الفهم ـ ..نعرف من خلال هذه الرواية،أنَ الجيش يعملُ وفقا لميثاق الشرف العسكري وله أنظمته الداخلية الخاصة به ..كما ان القانون العسكري يشمل بعض الفضائل العسكرية كلمات مثل الواجب والولاء والشرف ..وهي مفاهيم كما قال عنها الكاتب في بداية الرواية من النادر أن يتناولها القانون المدني ..رواية جيدة ونهاية مناسبة ..تستحق / ( 3,8 ) .. جدير بالذكر أنَ الرواية تحولت لفيلم أنتج عام 1999مسأبحث عنه وأشاهده :)

  • Carol
    2019-05-24 19:00

    Nelson DeMille is such a great storyteller!Set on an Army base in Georgia, convincing characters fill the pages to tell the story of THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, her shocking secret life, murder and apparent sexual assault as her body is found naked, bound and staked to the ground. (no spoiler here)Fast-paced and full of sarcastic witty humor, Warrant Officer Paul Brenner and Rape Specialist Cynthia Sunhill's officious investigative techniques to uncover the truth surrounding Captain Ann Campbell's demise made for an entertaining and suspenseful crime read exposing horrific, inexcusable sexual misbehavior and corruption within the military system.Five stars for me. Excellent murder-mystery!Update: April 17, 2016Just caught the movie on HULU. A few differences, but as is normally the case, the book is not only better, it is a zillion times better!!! (IMHO)

  • Eve
    2019-06-12 17:00

    The General's Daughter is a good crime fiction novel, but it's a straight-forward whodunit that doesn't have the humour and quirkiness of DeMille's John Corey series. Much like TV's JAG, The General's Daughter is about an army investigation into the murder of one of its own, in this case the general's daughter. The story is well written and is engaging, but the characters are not as fleshed out as in the Corey series.

  • Sandra
    2019-06-13 15:00

    Spoiler Alert Do Not Read before you read the book....Colonel Wm. Kent, post provost marshal, never actually confesses. He just blows his brains out. My spouse (Jeff) doesn't at all agree with me, but I still wonder if the true killer was Mrs. Kent? Was he protecting his wife? Taking the blame? After all, he had caused quite a bit of unhappiness and misery in their marriage. I thought DeMille gave a good hint that this could be so. Maybe I'll ask him. Favorite quote, page 352. Ann Campbell: "it's a human tragedy." Paul responds, "What other kinds of tragedies are there? We're all a heartbeat away from tragedy." I'll let you know if Nelson answers my question about the wife. Addendum on 9/14/2013 Nelson did not answer my question re: Mrs. Kent, instead I now receive group emails about his writings. Oh, well, guess that's what the spam button is for.

  • Nooilforpacifists
    2019-05-29 18:57

    Do not bother with the movie. And, yes, the book is sexist.

  • Horace Derwent
    2019-05-19 14:44

    twisting and suspense packed, but tell you what, I think the movie is better

  • Jeri-Lynn Vernon
    2019-06-06 19:08

    I think this is the DeMille that hooked me for life.

  • Amy
    2019-05-22 14:59

    Read this years and years ago and loved it. But I don't think I five-star-loved-it, you know what I mean? But it was good.

  • Kameel Nasr
    2019-06-06 19:07

    This all takes place in a military context. While I'm not a military person, I though this was a terrific book, very well-written. There's no question that DeMille rewrites and rewrites until he gets it right. Many, many, wonderful one-liners. I wish I was able to add all the dry humor that the narrator uses. The story seems titillating at first: a beautiful woman and her secret sex life. But it's far deeper and more satisfying and Army investigator Paul Brenner and his psychologist companion, with whom he had shared a history, uncover the layers of the mystery. I have not seen the film. Recommended reading.

  • Martin Hill
    2019-05-22 15:02

    I've watched the movie based on Nelson DeMille’s The General's Daughter many times, but until recently I never had the chance to read it. I was eager to do so, since I am the author of a mystery novel also involving with a military criminal investigator and some of the same themes DeMille covers in this mystery novel.In The General’s Daughter, Paul Brenner, an investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, is working undercover at a fictitious Army base in Georgia when he is drawn into a case involving the murder of a female Army captain. The case is highly sensitive for two reasons: the victim was found on post naked and staked spread eagle to the ground, an apparent rape victim; the victim, Ann Campbell, is also the rising-star daughter of the fort’s commanding general, a hero of the first Gulf War with political ambitions.DeMille blends a hard-boiled narration with a police procedural as he takes the reader deep into the lives of the officers who served alongside Captain Campbell. Brenner, a sardonic Vietnam veteran who is nearing the end of his Army career, is teamed with Cynthia Sunhill, a younger, idealistic rape investigator with whom he once had an affair. Together they dig beneath the starched and pressed Dress Green uniforms of the fort’s officer corps to undercover a not-too-well-hidden seediness that threatens to destroy dozens of careers, including the general’s. They also discover that Captain Campbell was as much predator as victim.DeMille, himself a former Army officer and Vietnam veteran, explores many themes in this book. Officers are expected to live up to a high standard of honor, but in The General’s Daughter he shows that many fail in doing so. Written in 1992, not long after the military integrated the sexes, he explores an Army trying to cope with the still new concept of men and women serving side-by-side. Twenty years later, as the Pentagon deals with sex scandals at the military academies, on the battlefield, and among some of its highest ranking officers, the questions explored in this book are still looking for answers.

  • Charlene
    2019-05-26 14:44

    I'm not going to lie. I read this book because of the movie and wanted to compare the two. The movie centered a lot on Paul Brenner and it actually showed Brenner and the General's daughter actually meeting when that didn't happen in the book. The only thing that's similar is the actual case but a lot of the things that happened in the movie didn't really happen in the book.The book was a really fast read. The General's daughter was found murdered early in the morning and it's up to Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill to figure out who the murderer is. Along the way, they encounter hidden secrets that the Army is keeping from the people and the key to this secret is with the General's Daughter. It's a pretty good "whodunnit" type of book that centered a lot on the case and less on the people that were actually involved in it. Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill apparently has a lot of history and were sexually involved but the author only gave the reader glimpses on "what's about to happen" to them especially in the end. The ending of the book didn't have the pomp and circumstance as much as the movie did.Read it, it was pretty good.

  • Dennis D.
    2019-05-23 18:59

    This was the very firstNelson DeMille novel that I ever read. It’s also the only of one of his books (to this point) to have been made into a feature film.Paul Brenner is a JAG-type military investigator dispatched to an army base (the fictional Fort Hadley) to investigate a murder. The victim is Ann Campbell, who is found naked, bound and gagged on the base’s firing range. Campbell was an up-and-coming soldier, the poster-child for the ‘new army,’ and daughter of Fort Hadley’s general. Brenner quickly discovers she was also a raging slut! This last fact may or may not have led to her murder.The drawbacks are that many of the supporting characters are two-dimensional, especially the woman who is called in to help with the investigation (of course, she and Brenner have a past). And plot-wise, DeMille throws enough red herrings at you to hold a fish fry. Aside from that, the story itself is solid, the pacing is propulsive, and the dialogue is good (although, like with some of DeMille’s other works, maybe a little too clever in spots).

  • Mike Nemeth
    2019-05-27 16:38

    Nelson DeMille's writing is top-notch. It's so tight that I got hooked on the first three pages of "The General's Daughter." He weaves a tale so intricate, that the reader hasn't a clue where it's going or how it will evolve. The protagonist is Paul Brenner, an officer in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. While undercover thwarting an illegal sale of weapons to Colombian drug cartel types, he is called in to determine how Ann Campbell, the general's talented daughter and an Army captain, came to be found murdered on a shooting range late one night. Brenner is an interesting character, cynical and smart. He's teamed with ex-flame Cynthia Sunhill, despite both their reservations. And nothing about the case is easy. Clues just don't exist. But Brenner knows how to kick up dust in a sterile room. Slowly they piece together a truly bizarre case. Like I mentioned, the writing is great. DeMille had this published back in 1992 so some of the communications references are a little dated. But it's great stuff. I read most of it in one sitting. A real page turner.

  • Enrico Tassinari
    2019-05-26 19:53

    Five stars and some! One of the best mystery/procedurals book ever read. It offers a greatly balanced and tasty mix of cop story, psycological analysys, fun, grieve a.s.o. contained in 400 pages. I loved the "first person POV" by Paul Brenner (that resebmles too much to John Corey, or vice-versa because of the timing of Demille publishing) and I loved how a good writer can set up a crime story without involving too much action, guns, blood and exaggerations. Notwithstanding 23 years have passed since this book was written, the structure of the plot has aged very well and you hardly place this story so far back in time as the human nature investigated here is really out of the time. The plot is 100% consistent and alternates moments of fun with deep moments of emotions. Also all the characters, even the minor ones, are all very well depicted and human. Great job Nelson! I also want to mention Scott Brick as a great reader of this audiobook.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-25 21:46

    Paul Brenner basically works for the Army's version of IAB. He is asked to work on a sensitive case. The general's daughter was killed. She was found naked, spread-eagle in the rifle range, staked to tent pegs. In addition to the delicate nature of the crime, Brenner has to partner up with an ex-lover. Together, they work on the case, slowly uncovering the truths hidden by an entire military base, and then some...The story was good, but I found the writing a little long winded. I almost put the book down a few times, but had to find out who the killer was. I did not enjoy it as much as other DeMille books I've read. I am curious about the movie now though... I'm not sure I would recommend the book, except maybe to people that are really into criminology and the military (this aspect of the book was a little confusing to me, I couldn't keep track of all the Colonels, etc...).

  • Luís
    2019-06-03 14:08

    I have read about 7 of Nelson Demille's books and this ranks at the top of them. It's a fast paced murder mystery. Compared to his other book to some of his other series (the John Corey and Stanhope-Sutter), you can understand why they made this book into a movie. Nelson uses extensive research when before he writes a novel and you can tell that he does because of all the intricate details (usually too much) in his novels. However, there aren't too many times in this book, if any, that make you feel as if you are being bombarded with too many useless facts. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have read many of his novels. If you haven't, this is a good book to start with. The only reason why I did not give this book a five star is because it became predictable towards the end.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-31 20:44

    This much touted book is certainly engaging. The author's introduction makes it clear that it is intended to explore the role of women in the modern military, particularly as relates to how sexual misconduct is handled. While it does that on the face of it, it's a clumsy treatment of these issues. Some of the characters were interesting, but most were two dimensional, cartoonish. The plot has some twists that work, but others that are quite predictable. I am not motivated to see the movie, but might be interested in any subsequent books featuring the lead detective, Brenner. [My experience was perhaps influenced by the fact that I really dislike the snide voice of the reader, Scott Brick, during narration (it has annoyed me in other books he has read too). He does a good job with character voices though.]

  • Mike
    2019-05-21 16:07

    I would note this as a 2 star (just ok) but that would more reflect the fact that I had an old library copy of the audio book CD's, and there were a lot of scratches and heat damage to the last few tracks on each disc.As far as the book goes, I was intrigued and interested in finding out who the killer was, but I was far from sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next thing to happen. I know very little about military protocols and treatment of different kinds of officers, so that was interesting to learn.If you like military dramas, this might not be what you're looking for. If you're looking for a detective story with a military twist, this is your book. Otherwise, I'd suggest other books before this one.

  • Slayermel
    2019-05-20 17:02

    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.

  • Suzanne Crane
    2019-06-12 15:38

    Well, it only took me about 9 months to finish this book. I do enjoy Nelson DeMille, but this one dragged on for me. I suppose there were just too many other books getting in the way. If you like a good mystery with adult themes and a military backdrop, this book is for you. The author draws very vivid images and I could see the whole story play out in my mind's eye like a movie; in fact it was made into a movie with John Travolta starring as the General. I think you can get it for free on Netflix.