The Rising Tide: A Novel of the Second World War. Jeff Shaara, Author. Ballantine $ (p) ISBN Buy *The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II* by Jeff Shaara, The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II Jeff Shaara Ballantine Paperback pages. May The first in a World War II trilogy forms a weak foundation for the series.

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With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict. I have little doubt that the writing is very, very well-researched and I did learn things that even as a minor WW2 buff I didn’t know about Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Rommel, and others.

But enough of that – back to the real war! Master of Rome Masters of the Sea. I couldn’t get keff page Atop the chain was a man who’d sat out the last war entirely and who, despite his lack of combat experience, was to deftly glue the various Allied factions into a more or less cohesive unit. Jeff Shaara does put words into the mouths of factual characters and the only time I found it difficult to believe conversation was when he had Jeff Eisenhower call General Marshall, George.

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He argues with Albert Kesselring about the precarious state of his panzer army. If not in many ways exceeding it. Lists with This Book.

It was published on November 7, The highest officials in the Allied command believe that the only way to take down Germany is by taking Italy out of the war. Getting to know the characters, at times I often felt sorry for the G I really enjoyed this book. Seems fishy, but there’s not much time to develop any weight or significance before some liberating friendlies show up at the front gate. Further, he commits the cardinal sin tive reducing a series of crucial early campaigns to a game played with maps and shaar.


Then Mister Shaara spots his mistake. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Retrieved from ” https: A few chapters later our friend is transferred shaqra a larger and more heavily armed Sherman. The action is very good, but there is not a lot of action – just a few pages in the Africa Campaign and some very solid stuff from the Sicily campaign.

For all the characters in this novel there are no people. To a lesser extent, only because this topic receives less coverage, is his portrayal of the training and daring of the paratroopers.

But it’s an effective trick – by putting an armor engagement front and center Shaara draws the reader in and leads one to believe this a book about a shooting war.

Please provide an email address. Too bad there’s still some German tanks in the neighborhood.

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Exhibit A is Eisenhower who comes across as a bit of a cardboard automaton who emotionlessly builds his strategy and executes on the way to final victory. It was a good read listen but once is enough for me. No one was more surprised than Jeff himself. An inordinate share of ink is devoted to both commanders in their headquarters with their staff. I only wish that the end of the book was more eventful. Here is Erwin Rommel, desperate for supplies in order to succeed in capturing Egypt.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The transition whaara not an easy one. Oct 11, Teri Pre rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are also maps, which is fortuitous; if we allow that a picture is in fact worth a thousand words, we can also extrapolate that our fearless author might have wrung out a dozen extra chapters in their absence.

How does he know what conversation ensued? This is an interesting book that blends real characters with a couple of fictional characters to present a rounded picture of World War II. It just wasn’t a lot of fun to do. As a starter its a good shaaara filed with little known historical data about some of the best known Allied and Axis figures of the times.


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The Rising Tide (Second World War, book 1) by Jeff Shaara

I would like to see more of the experience of the common soldier – or even a civilian caught up in things. And then Mister Shaara slips again. The first few pages were all I needed to realize I would love the book all the way through. Great historical fiction on the war in northern Africa and Italy; both parts of WWII that don’t get nearly as much attention as the Pacific theater and the Normandy invasion.

Books on Tape Thw By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I have little Ever since reading Gods and Generals I have been convinced that Jeff Shaara doesn’t have anything jefr the gift for writing his father, Shaaga, Michaelexhibited in the breathtaking ehaara novel The Killer Angels. Death in the Jungle.

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Still, he makes Eisenhower and Patton come alive, their personalities, struggled, and thoughts. In this series View all Book 1. A fairly large book, I nonetheless devoured it in two days and for the first time understand at least something about the command on both sides of the lines and the experience of the tank battalions in North Africa and eventually the invasion of Sicily and Italy, not to mention the importance of the North African campaign to the success of the Allies in World War II.

Into this grand novel about office life during wartime rides a new character. Ship of Rome Masters of the Sea.