Steven Pressfield brings to life the flair, agility, and daring of this extraordinary historical commando unit, the Long Range Desert Group. He describes in detail the tactics, weaponry, and specialized skills needed for combat under extreme desert conditions. He captures, too, the camaraderie of this "band of brothers" as they perform the acts of courage and cunning crucial to the Allies' victory in North Africa. As in his acclaimed earlier novels, Pressfield combines historical accuracy and edge-of-your-seat battle scenes to create riveting fiction.
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"Crisp writing carries readers through success, failure and a final face-to-face encounter with Rommel that's no less exciting for knowing the outcome." (Publishers Weekly)
I have never read/listened to this author. I decided to give it a try and would like to say it was an excellent book. I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like WWII action type of stories. I thought the ending was super.
"Killing Rommel" presents a straightforward personal account of one limited-scale special operations campaign in North Africa during WWII, written in the style of a memoir. Mr. Pressfield presents the unassuming courage and emotional conflicts of one man in a way that enlightens without seeming overbearing. He also portrays perfectly the true randomness of armed conflict. The pacing was just right and the Kiwi, British and German characters were believable. This is a great listen if you are looking for inspiration in the face of trying circumstances.
The first half was devoted to the heavy lifting of 'stage setting' and character introduction. For me, the Period, the language and social structure of British society was facinating. And the writing and story telling were brilliant so I loved it.
Because the story was so well researched, with scrupulous attention to detail, by the second half when the action starts, it is riviting. The battle scenes were dramatic and graphic without being gratuetous, and always with an overarching pathos that gives this book its heart.
I've enjoyed re-listening to this book several times, picking up nuances missed in prior listenings.
If you like great writing and a compelling story - give this a tumble. If you like great writing, a compelling story, within a WWII war context - it is a must!
An amazing story. I thoroughly enjoyed this Audiobook. For anyone who loves historical fiction, this is excellent. There are not only the rich details of life in the WWII North Africa Campaign, but profound messages about maintaining your humanity in the midst of war. The audiobook reading is also excellent and lends a dimension to the story you might not get from reading the book.
Pressfield does it again. he is the best author of military stories. This was an intriguing story of real life characters knit together flawlessly with fictional ones to create a great story of adventure and comradery.
Generally I am not a fan of fiction and non-fiction accounts of ancient or modern warfare, but I find Steven Pressfield's novels to be some of the best historical fiction published today. In the past year, I have read and listened to three of his novels, and Killing Rommel is the best so far. Alfred Molina's reading of this excellent piece of historical fiction is the icing on the cake.
Don't hesitate a moment to download this book. Do it now. You'll find it difficult to turn off your MP3 player or computer once you start listening.
I agree with all the other, positive reviews. This is a great book.
I can add two things: 1) Don't be put off by the title or the picture of the cover. Neither do it justice and both, for me anyways, falsely imply the book is in the "pulp" category. This book is much richer, deeper, better researched and more polished than that. 2) I read this book after listening to "The Phantom Major" which is a good, non-fiction account of the beginnings of the SAS under David Stirling (also available on Audible). Reading "Killing Rommel" second made it that much more compelling. If you haven't read "The Phantom Major", and liked "Killing Rommel", I recommend it to you.
This is a great book for audio that was on one of those "best of" lists I saw for 2008. I actually had to replay the beginning half way through when the reader states that it is fiction. This is a look at WWII that you have not seen before; the war was exciting, suspenseful, and they all wanted to be there. Not exactly the "Greatest Generation" stuff we have been inundated with, but better. The hero's wife also did not want to miss anything so she volunteered and is right there in Africa, even while pregnant. The hero says that British public schools prepared men for the war. A great time to be a man or a woman. Would I ( a woman) have gone? Not to be forgotten, terrific narration by Alfred Molina.
What a terrific book, which brings to light both history and personality.
A rare gem! I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone who enjoys war stories.
I am somewhat a WWII buff, and this book brought so many tidbits and interesting facts and story lines to light that it kept me riveted.
What a great story, great fictionalization, and great narration. I can't say enough about Steven Pressfield's writing talent as well as how well he researched the material. This was a war where desert survival skills were every bit as important as combat skills. I just finished the The Martian where the protagonist must utilize very bit of his knowledge, ability, and imagination to survive. These solders day to day existence was so perilous they may as well have been on Mars. Add to that a better armed forced on the constant hunt to kill you. Equally as great is the portrait of the amazing larger than life characters based on the real men who made history - including Rommel himself. I could go on and on, but to save both of us time, I'll just say get the book. You'll be getting more than your money's worth with this one.
"Should be called "Oh Look It's Rommel""
I am not going to be negative about this book. It is an excellent tale, but the title is a little confusing.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this is about killing Rommel. It really isn't, Rommel is merely a side issue in this book.
It is however a cracking yarn of endurance in the desert and the mentality of those involved in the North Africa campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I was waiting for a showdown with Rommel.... and in that regard I was disappointed.
Molina initially seemed an odd choice for narration of this book. But his English accent is brilliant, he pulls it off where American actors normally can't.
A good book, excellently narrated, but badly titled. It would be like the 'Wizard of Oz' being renamed 'Housebuilding in Kansas'.
"Gripping and profound"
This is an exceptional work. A strong favourite of mine, I?m not prone to my emotions but this work was deeply affecting. It is a reminder of the courage of my grandparent's generation. With little exception the actions of the characters described in this book are true and put a lump in my throat even now.
"Not as good as the actual events"
I wouldn't, since the historical books I read about the events (The Phantom Major, Churchill's Secret Warriors) are much better than this fiction.
The accounts of the LRDG scouting the vast desert
No. The Phantom Major, Churchill's Secret Warriors which are based on actual events without the needless background (Stein for one), are action packed, depict the hardship without the fictitious romance added on.
"oh yes! Splendid"
This is a fine, fine book, a bit too real in some respects, hits very hard and leaves no room for nostalgia and adventure although there's plenty of it, if leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, that's war I suppose, a most unpleasant business, damn fine read...
"One of my favourites really enjoyable listen"
Great multifaceted and enjoyable story.
I found it well judged wartime tail with excellent character development with interesting preamble and set in what I believe to be well researched historical environment.
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