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THE STEEL WAVE
The Steel Wave is the second volume of a trilogy begun with The Rising Tide, that tells the story of the Second World War in Europe. As Jeff has done so many times before, this story is told through the points of view of some of history's most colorful and dynamic characters. "The Steel Wave" focuses primarily on the Normandy campaign, what we more commonly know as "D-Day," the Allies' invasion of France...
Readers of The Rising Tide will again see the story through the eyes of General Dwight Eisenhower, who once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.
From The Rising Tide another voice returns, German commander Erwin Rommel, who has been assigned to fortify the French coastline, to prepare for the invasion he knows is inevitable. Eisenhower and Rommel know each other well, and both men know they must bring all their skills to bear on a fight crucial to both sides. But Rommel's challenge lies not just with the enemy to his front, but the ever-present conflicts in the German High Command, made worse by the increasing insanity of Adolf Hitler. If Rommel's Atlantic Wall holds, the Germans could win the war. If the Allies can secure their beachheads and drive the Germans back, they will open the door for a massive thrust by Eisenhower's most controversial and colorful general, George Patton, who waits in England, anxious for his opportunity to secure the destiny he believes he deserves.
Also returning from Shaara's previous saga is Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, one of fourteen thousand paratroopers who must lead the way by dropping straight into the teeth of the German positions. The chaotic and desperate struggle is a story rarely told, the allied paratroopers enduring more than a month of continuous combat against some of the finest soldiers in Rommel's army.
As the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Shaara carries us into the mind of Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division, who faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate – Omaha Beach.
From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the war's most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and ultimately, changed history.
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"This is a hell of a war novel."
"(The Steel Wave) ups the bar for military historicals, demonstrating that Shaara has hit full stride...generating more suspenseful reading. The Allied leaders' personalities emerge with agile clarity. The muscular prose, deft sense of military drama and relentless pacing are well suited for this crackerjack saga."
"(Shaara) provides excellent character portraits...but while Shaara's portraits of the historical figures appear authentic, it is the...fighting 'grunts' whom the reader will readily empathize with, and who really propel this novel. Just as Steven Spielberg did with the movie Saving Private Ryan, Shaara vividly depicts the searing sights and sounds, the feeling of combat. In breathless prose, the author describes...Omaha Beach. Pounding with fierce action and human drama, and packed with accurately rendered history, The Steel Wave is an eye-opening reminder of the bitterly high price that combat soldiers have always been called upon to pay."
"The special achievement of Jeff Shaara's military novels is that they show, within the horrors of war, the humanity of both the 'brass' and the 'boots on the ground.' It is a considerable accomplishment to bring emotion and freshness to an event so familiar, but in this great, often moving novel of conflict, Shaara channels the roiling experiences of men in the midst of a tumultuous enterprise whose outcome was by no means certain. A muscular book. Shaara makes their fears and courage tangible to us, but it is a measure of the author's remarkable humanity that we also find ourselves pulling for Rommel."
"...A magnificent and epic telling of the terrible days of the D-Day invasion. Intense, compelling and thoroughly researched, this is much more than just an excellent historical novel. Highly recommended for all fiction collections."
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