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.
Took. while for my schedule to get through this really great book. I felt like I was on the ground with the troops part of the time. Super reading of the book.
This is a fantastic book that focuses on the personal experiences of generals and common soldiers during the Normandy Invasion and surrounding time periods. I was a history major in college and have a particular interest in WWII since my grandfather fought in it...so I'm naturally predisposed to like this book.
I started reading this series thinking I would most enjoy the perspective of the generals but surprised myself by finding the character of Sgt. Adams the most intriguing. Sgt. Adams is something of an "every man" but he is also the embodiment of all that was right with the generation that fought the war--self-sacrificing, courageous and driven to do his part to win. I had the fortune to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans shortly after reading this book feel something of Sgt. Adams in the pictures and mementos at the museum. The book also gave me a deeper appreciation for Eisenhower and Patton, also heightening my experience at the museum.
This is a "must read" book and the best of Jeff Shaara's World War II series.
Yes, It introduced so many new aspects of something we all think we understand.
Amazing I needed to keep looking facts up on Wikipedia, because I couldn't believe I knew so little about something I thought I knew so well. Jeff Shaara does a great job at putting the reader back in the time and place, removing the 20/20 hindsight of history. At times you wonder how we won the war instead of thinking how could we possibly lose.
He did a great job allowing you to understand who was talking.
As a great admirer of Mr Shaara's work, I found this one book, the first of his WW II trilogy, a superb achievement in his re-telling of the events in North Africa. It brought to light a different side of many of the German characters that I was not aware of either. I was always taught while I grew up the all German soldiers and the officers were mindless, fanatical servants to Adolf Hitler. While some were, many were not. Something I found quite interesting. By the end of the story I found myself sympathizing with Field Marshall Rommel. A wonderful story, which was well narrarated by Paul Michael.
I absolutely love this title since it takes you in the middle of people who experienced it. This is not a fact by fact lineup of events.
You experience the characters, from Eisenhower and Rommel to the regular soldiers and everything in between.
The absurdity of Hitlers command structure, the endless struggle between the British and Americans and their attemps to work together.
While this is fictional story (since it contains dialogs) it's based on facts and historical facts which I think makes this a unique piece of work.
Highly recommanded !!!!!
Yes, it gave such a great insight into the decisions faced by these very famous historical figures.
Rommel was by far the most interesting character. It is easy to assume that every German soldier was a Nazi but the reality is that there were many brave and brilliant German soldiers who were continually hamstrung by Fascist world views and ego's gone wild.
I think his ability to create a number of accents adds to the listening experience. This is especially the case with some of the nuances of the American accents.
Rommel…What could have been.