This book seemed far more history than novel.It was quite dry from the perspective of reader to character connection. Still, I learned a lot about WWII and may continue with the next 2 books in the series.
Jeff Shaara takes you into the lives and experiences of many different characters during WWII. It's written in a first-hand account of each man, from Dwight Eisenhower to the common soldier on the ground. It was truely fascinating for me to get a sense of the what life for these many characters were like. The political and military back-room dealings, the banter of soldiers the night before a fight, and the raw intensity of battles. It's read, and written, with sword-stabbing realism, you can feel the anxiety of generals who are making crucial decisions, the fear and bravery of the common soldier on the ground. It's breath taking, and will hit you with a sledge-hammer when you're done.
I can't recommend this enough. I can't wait to get the other books in this series.
I LOVE Jeff Sharra books! I have all of his stuff that Audible carries! This one was ALMOST as good as his other ones. I found that the way the story was organized and flowed was just a bit confusing. After a while I got what he was doing and why, but it took a bit of patience for me. All and all this is still better than any other ‘historical fiction’ out there. I am looking forward to his next release! Get this book!
Enjoyable account of the US involvement in the N. Africa and Sicily campaigns of 1942-43. Absolutely gripping: the narrative of the night drop onto Sicily. It's good to have maps with this one (just about the only downside of audiobooks). Suggested complementary non-fiction reading: An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson.
Great performance by Paul Michael. [Does varieties of American, British, German, and Italian dialects, and a pretty good Churchill too.] Captivating story of the beginnings of WWII through the eyes of the top Brass and the lowest ranking soldiers.
Jeff Shaara gives the reader the facts of this time period and keeps the material interesting enough so it's not dull and dry Also, the narrator's voice inflections kept my attention which is a major plus.
I have listened to Paul Michael many times before and was glad to see that he narrated this one.
I would've loved to listen to it all at once but the length of the audiobook made it impossible. It took me 3 days to listen to it but it was well worth the time spent listening to it.
I usually don't have much interest in WW 1 or WW 2 material...too dry for me but this author made the material interesting by giving the the extra insight into the person behind the famous name(s). At times, authors can have a good story but the end result is too dull and/or chock full of descriptions which bogs the reader down. Jeff Shaara has the right balance--facts along with the personal story for his characters.
On to listening to the other 2 installments of the trilogy!