Rendezvous is a short story by Nelson DeMille, telling the story of a band of troops on patrol in Viet Nam who find themselves being stalked by a female sniper who is picking them off one by one.
The story is short and doesn’t give us much time to get to know the characters, which is about my only complaint. The names are, for the most part, just names on the page. All we know is the leader who is narrating the story has one month left, and therefore this is his last patrol. They are there to report back on what they see of enemy troop movements, but the sniper cleverly picks off the radio operators first and renders the radios inoperable. The remaining troops are at her mercy, unable to call for help or tell anyone what is happening.
DeMille has set up a great thriller in the jungles of Viet Nam, where he served. This story is easily read in a short time and kept me riveted to see how it would turn out. Would any of the patrol members make it to the rendezvous point where they would be extracted? Read it and find out!
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