“Excellant book about World War II and the generals involved, both American, British, French, and German.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Shaara's fictional account of D-Day is his usual military history reconstruction. He combines historical figures - Eisenhower, Patton, Churchill, Rommel - with fictional characters. it's a good overview of what happened on D-Day. I also read Antony Beevor's nonfiction account, which is much more informative. Shaara's story moves along briskly, and is dramatic, but his writing is mediocre. This is a good book if you want to get only the basic facts about D-Day and aren't looking for much in the way of literary style.”Suzanne F wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“These books of Shaara's are good quick reading on airplane.”Tony Politano wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Insightful view od D-Day. A little too American for me to love it.”Phil E wrote this review Wednesday, April 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A reasonably well-written historical novel on D-Day. The American ability to overwhelm the Axis with its manpower resources and its production capabilities is emphasized again and again. One wonders, however, whether this type of all-out warfare will ever come again, or whether localized and guerilla wars are the wave (no pun intended) of the future.”John R. Joyner wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellant book about World War II and the generals involved, both American, British, French, and German.”Patrick Griffin wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best of historical fiction probably revealing more certifiable history than most academic treatments of the period. Surely, history is best taught in story form and no one tells it better.”Jack Durish wrote this review Wednesday, May 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an excellent historical novel of the planning and execution of Operation: Overlord and the landing at Normandy. No matter how many books or movies I might see, this moment in history just lends itself to epicness. Shaara is back in extremely top form with this book. Especially the Utah beach landing, Shaara puts you right in the middle of the action, following a soldier as he lands on the beach amidst all the shooting.
The downside of Shaara is that because he tends to be as historically accurate as possible, his characters seem to be flat and dull, at least to me. This book he really does a great job in bringing the characters to life, although Rommel and Eisenhower still seem to be flat characters.
Overall, this book is excellent and worth the time to read it. It may not be perfect, but it is very, very well done. A fitting tribute to salute what those poor soldiers had to go through.”
“A novelized history of the Normandy invasion, the second in the World War II trilogy by Shaara.”Ed V wrote this review Saturday, August 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“D-Day: the invasion that would turn the war one way or another. The question is ... will the Allies be able to work as a team long enough - and outsmart the Germans long enough - to invade France?”Megan H wrote this review Sunday, August 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No