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Author: Jeff Shaara
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Title: The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II
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Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Edition edition (November 7, 2006)
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The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara



The Rising Tide (2006) is the first novel of a continuing series by Jeff Shaara based on certain theaters of World War II. It was published on November 7, 2006. It covers the North African Campaign from its position in late May to Rommel's defeat. It also covers Operation Husky in Italy. The main characters are Erwin Rommel, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and two young soldiers named Jack Logan and Sergeant Jesse Adams

The Steel Wave" by Jeff Shaara is the second novel (following "The Rising Tide") in Shaara's planned Second World War historical fiction trilogy. The theme of this novel is the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Northern France. In this piece Shaara uses his now-familiar technique of examining the time period in question from the perspective of historical figures - some eminent indeed, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, others less exhalted, . a sergeant of paratroopers

The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation’ s most poignant chronicle of World War II. 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. As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line. When Germany’s ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest. Random House Publishing Group, 7 нояб.

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A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. 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.

Jeff Shaara has written vivid, perceptive portraits of America��s wars that have thrilled and mesmerized readers across generations. Collected for the first time in this eBook volume are Jeff Shaara��s epic New York Times bestselling novels of World War II: The Rising Tide, The Steel Wave, and No Less Than Victory. On full display throughout is the inimitable style and striking narrative range that have made Jeff Shaara such an esteemed and essential chronicler of the American age. Contains an excerpt from Jeff Shaara��s acclaimed new novel of World War II in the Pacific, The Final Storm, which Booklist called ��extraordinarily evocative.

A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation’s most poignant chronicle of World War II. 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.As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line. When Germany’s ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with their British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa and the rugged countryside of Sicily, Shaara tells this story through the voices of this conflict’s most heroic figures, some familiar, some unknown. As British and American forces strike into the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus. In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen. In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon: the paratrooper. As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of France, at a seaside resort called Normandy.More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown: the as-yet obscure administrator Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war; his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery. In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Erwin Rommel, the battlefield genius known as “the Desert Fox,” a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war. From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara’s stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail. A new level of accomplishment from this already acclaimed author, The Rising Tide will leave readers eager for the next volume of this superb saga of the war that saved and changed the world.
Reviews: 7
Faezahn
Guilty pleasure? Well, the pleasure is more of the thank-goodness-it's-actually-readable persuasion. The reality is, I am a WWII buff, I've read innumerable histories, and one day I found myself wishing I could read a fictional presentation of D-Day and its aftermath. I am a fan of Michael Shaara's Killer Angels (I've reviewed it here) but haven't found his son's work nearly as compelling based on various free samples. Steel Wave started out better than those, so I ordered the entire book and finished it last night.

This is a satisfying read for those who like a book to last a while. If I wanted to pay $5-10 for Kindle books I could read in a day, I'd be either a millionaire or completely insane, since I tend to read quickly. Steel Wave is a dense, chewy nugget of a book that will keep well in your mental refrigerator. Shaara gives the reader his/her money's worth.

The format is fairly simple. Chapters that take place in the minds of fictional characters alternate with those from the POV of Eisenhower, Rommel, Patton, and Bradley, among others. Sgt. Jesse Adams, the leading non-real person, is well-drawn, a thoughtful, clear-thinking individual whose surface toughness conceals an ... inner toughness. This isn't Steven Spielberg's D-Day. Picture the word "wuss" encircled with a slash across it, and you'll have some idea of the perspective here. Adams is a consistent presence across the book, and I was always glad to get back to him.

Glad, because as characters in a narrative the historical figures are less skillfully presented. Shaara does not render Winston Churchill well at all. I realize he is writing for a mass audience with scantier vocabularies and less delight in wordplay than the great man himself, but honestly, this is a very thin gruel. Churchill probably never referred to anything as "a crock" -- that's contemporary usage. Shaara has him make exclamations like, "Dammit! Tell me again it's going to work! Tell me!" and "Scares hell out of me, Ike. What's that damned Nazi cooked up?" I can imagine John Wayne saying those things, but Sir Winston? Uh, no. He was a Prime Minister who said and did many outrageous things, but employing strings of terse pedestrian monosyllables was not one of them.

Additionally, Churchill was never quite the boozer that Shaara (and many others) have tried to show him to be.

The author does better with Eisenhower, whose bland personality lends itself better to the tenor of this book. Ike's inner turmoil is believable as portrayed here. His irritation with Montgomery, who is as close to a villain as anyone gets on the Allied side of the novel, is consistent with Stephen Ambrose's authoritative version. Shaara's best portrait, though, is that of George S. Patton, with dialogue like, "I like people to shut the hell up when I walk into a room. I like raising the blood pressure of stodgy old farts." Yeah, that sounds like Patton, all right.

Shaara's Rommel deserves special mention. The picture we see is Erwin Rommel the "good" German, the reluctant warrior who placed his men over his own career, who cared nothing for Hitler and his frothing, drug-fueled madness, who was devoted to his wife and son and who chomped down on a poison capsule rather than expose them to ignominy and disgrace. There are some to say that Rommel refused to execute Jewish POWs despite Hitler's demands, and that he was never a Holocaust-booster. I don't know if this is true -- there are schools of thought on the subject -- but it is true that Rommel embraced Nazism early and loudly, and that he was not a participant in the failed assassination of 1944, although he was actively recruited by the plotters (for an outstanding literary novel on that subject, read Paul West's The Very Rich Hours of the Count Von Stauffenberg). Rommel's complexity as a human being is without question; the Rommel we see here embodies the "in another world, we could have been friends" philosophy that has been kicked around since the man's death. Some will buy it, some will not, and others, like me, will remain hopeful but skeptical.

Perhaps the book's greatest weakness, and this is completely subjective, is the author's penchant -- although he may see it as a necessity -- for pages and pages of exposition laboriously explaining which division went where, what rivers were crossed, and other details large and small about D-Day and the weeks that follow, all of which are available to the reader from any number of sources. Younger people, which is to say anyone who graduated from high school after the PC police took over the history textbooks, may not have this information, and will need it to follow the story. On the other hand, you can see World at War on Youtube, along with gazillion other documentaries, and thus obviate the need for Shaara's rehash. Frankly, I skipped much of this turgid retelling.

There is also a strange prudishness operating here. Damn, hell, bitch and bastard pop up frequently; any stronger language is either only hinted at ("f------" this or that) or omitted altogether. Don't look for sex, or even romance; all the women, and there are pitifully few of them, are offstage. This is a tough-guy war book your Aunt Agatha might read without a blush (were she so inclined). There's little or no cultural context, i.e. references to music, movies, cars, clothes, all the non-war things that make this period so fascinating. One could argue that those have no place in a battlefield book -- but could you write about Vietnam without sex, drugs, and rock and roll? The Greatest Generation (and I dislike that phrase) cared just as much for pop ephemera as any other humans. Some of these guys must have been thinking about jitterbugging even as they lobbed grenades.

What works in this book are the battle scenes, the tension before and the shock that follows. What satisfies is the growth of some fictional characters, in particular Unger, the scrawny, underaged kid from Iowa who Jesse Adams sees as most likely to cave under pressure and who (wholly predictable, but so what) turns into a coolheaded killer. Fiction, even genre fiction, can illuminate a historical event in ways documentaries and nonfiction cannot, with some notable exceptions. If you are interested in D-Day but, like me, yearn for some quotation marks mixed up with the history, you will warm to Steel Wave.
Heraly
This is the first Jeff Shaara book I’ve read. It’s a long book and the beginning is a bit of a slog. We see and expect action-packed, fast-paced movies and TV, but this is a book. War planning is hard work and the interactions of the military personnel from the many countries who joined the ally coalition made the story. The action in North Africa showed the difficulties of the soldiers at a time when the best weapon we had was the tank, not the high-tech weaponry of today. As the war moves north into Sicily with the paratroopers, Shaara brings the reader into the battle and there are many tense moments when things go wrong. Then we see the ingenuity of the men in the field and how they learn to work together. Interesting read and brought WWII to life in a good and different way.
greed style
"The Steel Wave" by Jeff Shaara is the second novel (following "The Rising Tide") in Shaara's planned Second World War historical fiction trilogy. The theme of this novel is the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Northern France. In this piece Shaara uses his now-familiar technique of examining the time period in question from the perspective of historical figures -- some eminent indeed, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, others less exhalted, i.e. a sergeant of paratroopers. In this novel the approach works superbly, because this novel passes the first critical test--it is one extremely engaging read. The novel moves along at a brisk pace, never loses the reader's interest, and has the ring of realism about it.

The other notable trait of this novel is that once again, Mr. Shaara appears to have done his homework. Shaara's insights into the problems faced by General Eisenhower, the various political leaders, and the men in the field, go well beyond the superficial. Here, the reader truly appreciates the risks and uncertainties that faced the planners and fighters of Operation Overlord. Shaara takes us into the infighting, indecisions, and ultimate risks with which the Allied generals had to contend. My sense is that here, Shaara is fairly evenhanded, although *very minor spoiler* partisans of British General Montgomery will probably not be pleased. And of course, Shaara does a creditable job showing us the invasion from the perspective of the incredibly brave men who actually undertook Operation Overlord and made it a success.

Overall, this is excellent historical fiction about a great subject, that is very well told. Highly recommended.
Fiarynara
Excellent book which continues the story of WW II in Africa/Europe from the first book of the series - The Rising Tide which was also excellent and an interesting/enjoyable read. I truly enjoyed reading about WW II in Africa/Europe being a Marine officer who is looking forward to the Pacific side of the war where us Marines excelled in the island battles against the Japanese. The author weaves a very interest account of the battles in Sicily, Italy and France forward from both an infantryman's view and that of the leaders. The personalities, courage and fighting elements and enemy is very well displayed. Also, the details of preparing for and going into Normandy is excellent and makes one feel they are part of it. It shows the fear, courage and fighting of the American soldier. I was both amazed and thankful for the details as told in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American war history.