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by David H. Hackworth
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The Price of Honor

by David H. Hackworth

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"David Hackworth is one of the military's most decorated soldiers - and one of its harshest critics. His new novel takes no prisoners."
Review by Tom Bowman
Sun National Staff

"This Hackworth guy can write"
by Elizabeth Farar

"One of America's bravest soldiers cannot only fight, he can also write. Colonel Hackworth's THE PRICE OF HONOR is a first-rate military adventure novel."
Bill O'Reilly
Anchor, FOX News Channel

If you want someone to accurately describe the heat of military combat, it pays to ask a soldier. And retired Army Colonel David Hackworth is, in the words of the Washington Post Book World, "an exceptional warrior...and a soldier's soldier," an accomplished war hero whose quarter-century-long military career includes World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the twenty-five year long Cold War. But Hackworth is more than a soldier; he's also a talented writer. His account of his years in the military, ABOUT FACE: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, was an international bestseller that the New York Times praised as "[e]verything a 20th-century memoir could possibly be - a daydream of battlefield glory come true." For the past ten years, Hackworth has also been a successful military reporter and columnist, a career that has brought him back to the battlefield - he covered Desert Storm for Newsweek - but with a very different perspective from the days when he wore a uniform.

Drawing on his extensive experience as both soldier and journalist, Hackworth's first novel, THE PRICE OF HONOR (Doubleday; October 12; $25.95) is a riveting work of fiction that cleverly conjoins the thrills of armed combat with the intrigue of political conspiracy. At the center of the novel are two compelling characters: Sandy Caine, an Army Special Forces Captain, known as "Hawk" by his devoted "A-Team" of warriors whom he bravely leads on one life-or-death mission after another; and Abigail Mancini, an investigative reporter who, like Sandy, refuses to back away from a conflict, even if it means putting her own life on the line.

Sandy and Abbie are first thrown together in Somalia, when American peace-keeping efforts suddenly turn violent, placing both of them in an Alamo-like situation from which they barely escape. The next time they meet is in Bosnia, where they again find themselves dodging gun-fire. This time, though, they also find themselves passionately drawn to one another.

Undeniably attracted to Sandy, Abbie also detects a dark side that deeply troubles her. She eventually coaxes him to reveal the source of his rage and self-doubt: as the latest in an eight-generation line of Caine men to serve in the military, Sandy has devoted himself to doing his country - and his family name - proud; but his entire career has beenovershadowed by the tarnished reputation of his own father, Alex, whose cowardice in Vietnam - according to eyewitness General Gus Buell - led his"A-team" to be killed.

Sandy is therefore mystified when he meets an Army sergeant who tells him not only that he fought alongside his father, but that Alex was a courageous soldier who risked his own life to save his men. This sergeant promises to tell Sandy more, but is killed in battle, leaving Sandy to wonder what really occurred in Vietnam.

Abbie, as much out of love for Sandy as recognition of the potential for a prize-winning story, decides to help him uncover the truth. As it happens, Sandy's past is strangely linked to another story she is assigned, writing a profile of Jefferson Taylor, a rising star in the U.S. Senate whose commitment to military reform has won him scores of followers and made him a likely presidential candidate. Taylor, it turns out, was also a friend of Sandy's father who survived the Lang Vei battle in which he was killed and remains a close friend of the Caine family.

While Taylor avoids confirming Buell's story about Alex's cowardice, Abbie eventually learns of another survivor of that battle who promises to offer another version of those same events. As she and Sandy try to track him down, they find their own lives, as well as those of anyone whom they've contacted, put into jeopardy. Just when they come close to discovering the truth, they are pursued through the woods of Montana by a team of mercenary killers, whom they are eventually forced to battle in hand-to-hand combat. In the end, they both learn that everything has its price - love, truth, honor - and that sometimes, the price might be one's life.

Hackworth's military experience enables him to craft action sequences that are as riveting as they are authentically rendered and absolutely riveting. But he also shows a talent for deft and nuanced characterization, populating the novel with a diverse array of fully realized, complex male and female characters, none more so than Sandy and Abbie. Propelling the narrative and providing the book with a strong emotional core, the way in which Abbie helps heal Sandy's emotional scars as the two embark on a tender romance makes this that rare thriller that is simultaneously touching and action-packed.

Like a combination of Saving Private Ryan and All the President's Men, THE PRICE OF HONOR expertly intertwines genres to create a novel that is as innovative as it is engrossing. Just as ABOUT FACE highlighted Hackworth's talent for writing military-based autobiography, THE PRICE OF HONOR indicates the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.

What Others Have Said

"Not many men in America could have written a story like this, but Colonel David Hackworth is one of those few. This is a sprawling, fast-paced, and damned good novel about the legacy of war, about truth, honor, and courage, and about lies, cover-ups, and cowardice. For all of us who served in Vietnam, and those who lived through that interesting and terrible time, this is a must-read."
Nelson DeMille

"Expertly told by a man who's braved the heat of battle time and time again, THE PRICE OF HONOR is tell-it-like-it-is, epic storytelling that's as exciting as it is suspenseful. There is little more that Hackworth could put into a gripping and yet thoughtful thriller."
Clive Cussler
"Front line legend Colonel David H. Hackworth proves in this gripping tale that he is as accomplished a story-teller as he is a soldier. With vivId, powerful combat action and a terrific band of brothers in arms, THE PRICE OF HONOR is one of the year's outstanding military thrillers." -
W.E.B. Griffin
"Colonel David Hackworth is one of the best war writers I've ever read. No one understands the soul of a warrior better than he does, and his battle scene in Somalia, in THE PRICE OF HONOR, is hellacious." -
Michael Schiffer
Author of Crimson Tide, Colors
"Hackworth writes like he fought--fiercely, savagely, taking no prisoners."
Stephen Coonts
"A huge novel that combines power and politics with the personal lives of its heroes. The suspense was terrific, the characters just dandy."
Susan Isaacs
Quotes From Other Reviews
"Hackworth has written a top-notch, action-packed thriller that also ruminates
on the state of America's military establishment. "
Publisher's Weekly
"In The Price of Honor, Army Special Forces captain Sandy Caine is an eighth generation soldier nurtured in the military tradition. But he has to spend his life trying to live down the cowardice of his father, Alex…{and}… erase the stain on his family's honor. He's an overachiever, which of course, translates into heaps of mayhem. Enter Abbie Mancini, sassy reporter for the Washington Chronicle. She has a smart mouth on her, bigger than the Potomac River. Abbie and Sandy collide in Somalia and Bosnia, where they dodge bullets but not romantic inclinations. Soon sparks fly…{and}… Abbie and Sandy are sucked into a whirlpool of and danger, as they try to unravel what really happened. Hackworth's a natural storyteller, and you quickly will be yanked into the breathtaking action."
USA Today
"It is difficult to say if it is a war story with love elements
or a love story set against a war…"
Greenwich Post
"…equal parts gritty combat tale and high-octane political whodunit."
Baltimore Sun
"if there's any problem with…."The Price of Honor," it's finding a good point to take a break once you start reading."
El Paso Times
"…a page-turner that is difficult to put down."
Daily Telegraph
"…a detective story, a military adventure and a grim meditation on the relationship between the military and the society it defends…What is both welcome and unusual in a novel of this kind is his careful and subtle delineation of his female characters. Abbie - smart, strong, sexy, brave capable - is, well, and infantryman's foxhole dreamgirl. Fortunately, Hackworth invents the background - family, work, personal - which makes her real. Other women…are both complex and believable."

Southbridge Evening News

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