||Big River Press
||Sept 10, 2007
Barnes & Noble.com
The Books of D. H. Brown
A retired ex-special forces type's past comes back to bite him when he realizes he's been targeted by a Special Ops team. His mission is to unearth what was buried 35 years ago in Southeast Asia, take the vengeance owed to his family, and another chance at love.
HONOR DUE is about the Major, a burned-out former covert operative enjoying a quiet life at his home in the deep timberlands of the Pacific Northwest; when out of the blue, assassins come gunning for him. After the Major's neighbor finds a killing zone in an abandoned cabin, he learns that someone has abducted, tortured and killed Ang, the Montagnard Striker war brother he'd gotten out of Vietnam as the South fell. Ang's adult daughter Blon, also abducted, managed to escape into the trackless and dense northwest forest. The Major follows her almost invisible steps with Black Dog bringing her back from the edge of death. Enlisting her brother Blik, the Major and Blon hunt for the clues that will lead to why they are being targeted. A now powerful figure from the Major's past is trying desperately to eliminate old connections which can bring him down. He has forgotten when one hunts the hunter, death also becomes a partner. The Major is a predator of the highest caliber who has not forgotten the deadly art of hunting human prey. Old blood debts are now presented for payment, with interest, for the honor due them. Along the way, romance blooms. and the old warrior finds life is still worth living.
Since I’m a carnivore, I tend to eat first and ask questions later. I may not have a high school diploma, but I’ve earned several doctorates in the killing arts. I prefer to be the predator than the prey.
A Man With a Past - RebeccasReads.com
"The first in the Citizen Warrior Series, HONOR DUE introduces us to the Major, a denizen of the Pacific Northwest rainforest who has built himself a wilderness retreat complete with hot tub & killing fields, his neighbors & his faithful companion, the three-legged Black Dog.
"HONOR DUE is a gripping tale simply told about living an honorable life, settling old scores & haunting memories from the Vietnam War. It is also about hair-raising hunts, personal responsibility, tender & strong women, & strong & tender men.
"The Major, solitary for most of his life, believes in keeping fang & claw sharp. He has a sense of humor that will crack your funny bone in unexpected places. He also has an unblinking eye in the face of danger, & knows his weaponry & his neck of the woods like the back of his hand. He is, however, a man with a frozen heart, & when H'Blon turns on the burners, it thaws before her fiery intent. This is a warrior who finds flying bullets preferable to flaming female glances. Yet, being a dogged individual, he persists even if, sometimes, he must extract foot from mouth.
"With not a wasted word, D. H. BROWN has crafted a fast-paced, electrifying manly modern thriller (& love story), about how the past can come back to bite you, giving honor due to fallen brothers-in-arms, & stepping forward into the future.
"Like elk steaks, free-range chicken eggs, home-baked pies with apples from the orchard & good coffee, HONOR DUE is a satisfying read with something to say about how we live our lives."
Driving Action - G. A. Bixler - IP Book Reviewer
"In a suspenseful, sometimes-funny first book in his Citizen Warrior Series, D. H. BROWN, in HONOR DUE, has won a prime location on my bookshelf as a must-read author.
"I have found that I really enjoy books written in first person. Although the majority of publishers require third person in fiction writing, I think first person allows a much more personal feeling for the reader. It is as if the main character, the Major, is sitting right across the table and telling you his story -— once in a while tossing in a joke or a "smart-ass" remark or action that enables you to thoroughly enjoy meeting the character. The reader is privy to his internal dialogue, his thoughts, conversations with his dog, and even his arguments with God. Bringing in the special care that he must take as a diabetic, even during traumatic times, makes the storyline even more realistic. I think you'll grow to love the sensitive, loving, and protective man that lies within the Major's gruff and gritty exterior.
"Having done reviews on two other ooks by former Vietnam veterans, (The Road from Here to Where You Stay and the Negligence of Death) I have found a haunting spirit that surrounds those veterans and their stories about the Vietnam era. They sadden me, and yet pull me in to share what proves to be intimate parts of their lives. I am always grateful for that experience.
"Look for this suspense-packed first book soon. The Major is already on to something new in HONOR DEFENDED. You won't want to miss the Citizen Warrior Series!"
A New Force - Narayan Radhakrishnan, from India
"HONOR DUE marks the arrival of a new force in the thriller writing genre - D. H. BROWN. Book 1 of the Citizen Warrior Series is the first in a trilogy consisting of HONOR DEFENDED and HONOR REDEEMED. And the protagonist who goes by the name ‘The Major’ is sure going to fascinate mystery readers worldwide.
"The book, rather the protagonist reminded me of Clint Eastwood - remember the types of roles he enacted in The Good, Bad and the Ugly - the somber, dark, brooding, mysterious loner, a man with an aura of mysticism surrounding him. Got it? Well, our Major (who has no high school diploma, but many doctorates in the art of killing) is also an enigmatic personality - and you know at the outset - he's not a man to be taken lightly.
"HONOR DUE is an easy and fast read. I received my copy yesterday afternoon and by noon today I had finished it. And boy-oh-boy was I ever so impressed! It's not often you get a masterpiece from a debut author. Take it from me - around the 50-60 odd debut works I read this year, save for 3 or 4 books - all others were duds and not up to the mark. And even the acknowledged superstars in the mystery writing genre had to wait, at least around 3-4 books to create a masterpiece. (Ken Follett had to write 10 books, before producing Eye of the Needle; Dan Brown for 3 before The Da Vinci Code are good examples).
"HONOR DUE, told in the first person, has the Major describing his life - an ex-Special Forces veteran of Vietnam era, he put himself out to pasture twelve years ago and has virtually lost himself in the Pacific Northwest rainforest. When he becomes a target of a covert operation, he has no option but to return to his old ways.
"The return becomes even more personal when his wartime buddy, Y'Ang Boun Dhung (yup, no mistake - this is the guy's name) is abducted, tortured and killed, and his daughter kidnapped. What follows is action at its somber best, culminating in a finish that can only be described as truly “Majorian.” And to put it in a cliché, with The Major, D. H. BROWN has surely found the way to “major” success in mystery writing (pun intentional).
"Just one sad point - we have to wait before HONOR DEFENDED and HONOR REDEEMED hit the market - and Mr. Brown if you're reading this, quick, double-quick, publish the sequels!
"Highly, highly recommended."
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Reader Reviews for "Honor Due(Hardcover)"
|Reviewed by dennis batchelder
|fascinating new protagonist
Part Lee Child's Jack Reacher and part F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack, D. H. Brown has created an appealing and fascinating character in Major. He's a present-day Vietnam vet who is unable and maybe even unwilling to shake his killing past. He nurses his diabetes and his lonely heart, and he's retreated to a square-mile fortified compound in the Olympic Peninsula to live out the rest of his life pursuing honor and peace.
HONOR DUE tells how a problem from Major's past reaches out to cause the death of his Vietnamese war buddy and threaten his family. Major must settle a life debt, redeem the family's honor, and stop some good-guys-turned-bad from killing him and his newly-found love.
Major is a resolute and totally sympathetic character. I got caught up in his battles of honor, I cheered him as he mended both body and heart, and now I'm waiting to follow him into his next mission.