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Childhood friends Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are daring young pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Rafe has fallen in love with Evelyn Stewart, a beautiful U.S. Navy nurse. But when the sounds of war begin to rumble on the horizon, Rafe decides he must leave to join Europe's fight. Swearing to Evelyn and Danny that he will return, Rafe heads off for England. Meanwhile, E ...more
Paperback, Film Tie-in Edition, 320 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Clara
COULD THIS STORY BE ANYMORE HEARTBREAKINGLY AND SOUL-SHATTERINGLY PERFECT???? This book is just as outstanding as the movie is. My heart won't ever stop beating for Rafe McCawley. I loved him in the movie and reading this book made me love him even more.
Susan
I loved the movie which is completely why I read this book.

The romance is terrible in terms of heart wrenching. Loving two men at the same time, possibly the same amount... but probably loving the second slightly less than the first but feeling compelled towards the second because of circumstance. The movie made me howl completely.

I felt the story in the film was dealt with in such a way that the romance was the focus over the war, though there was a balance of war - romance in the film. In th
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Caleb G
This quarter in my Cyber English class I read the book Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace. I really enjoyed this book because it was filled with fairly mature content. I enjoyed this book much more than any other book that I’ve read this year because this book has a great storyline that is heavily focused on the military (specifically the Air Force), the reason that I enjoyed the storyline so much is because I can easily relate to a lot of thing that are going on in the storyline because I grew up ...more
Ava Black
I did not watch the movie. I found this book in the library and I picked it up because of the gorgeous Italian cover and because I knew it is a love story during the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanase, which I did not know much about. I gave the book 3 stars because of:

1) Evelyn, I really liked her as a character, I think she is strong, sensitive, introvert and also very smart.

2) The writer did his research on the topic.

3) The idea for the love story was good.

So why just 3 stars? I read that th
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Camie
Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are two daring young pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who grew up as close as brothers and learned to fly as cropdusters in Tennessee. Shortly after Rafe falls in love with Evelyn a U.S. navy nurse , with rumblings of war on the horizon, he decides to enlist in the fighting in Europe, leaving behind both Evelyn and Danny. Meanwhile Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor , which appears to be a peaceful paradise at that time. The story unfolds as war come ...more
Sumit
This book is a fictional account of pearl harbor raid by Japan which resulted in swinging everybody mood in America in favor of war. The book is written using two fictional maverick pilots and their common love interest a nurse (Love triangles are cliched, but with a backdrop of WW II, they become pain).
Author goes on and on about love between these and other side characters. He talks briefly about Japan, its raw material issue, Yamamoto and war council, dependence on precious few Carriers, and
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Cezara Corbu
5 stars for the story, 2 stars for the way it was told. That's a reasonable 3,5.
The author/director really took his time making Pearl Harbor a 3 hour movie. And a great one, truth be told. Which is why I had such high expectations when I decided to read the book. However, after watching the movie about a dozen times, it was difficult for me to enjoy the book when I knew exactly every line that came next. The element of surprise was missing, which is why I had to put myself in the mind of someone
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Kitty
I normally don't read books about war. I don't enjoy stories about war, but I read this book a few years ago, and it has become one of my favorite books. Sure, the romance is a mind-fxck, even Evelyn didn't know who to choose, but the love Rafe and Danny have for this woman is just so amazing. I liked this book because it made me see things in a different perspective. You hear and see war on the TV almost everyday, and it's sad that those people and soldiers die, but the news makes it sound like ...more
Chris Ross
Pearl Harbor was a story based around the attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th, 1941. The two many characters are Danny Walker and Rafe McCawley who formed a in breakable brotherly bond growing up together in Tennessee. They join the U.S Army Air Corps and the drama begins with love and war being the focus of the book. The action scenes are gruesome and exacting. This book takes you on a thrill ride of emotions and digs deep into the story behind Pearl Harbor! Great Book!
Ethangd96
Before the attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese wanted to first check out the area. When they finally said that they have launch the attack now. So, three big aircraft carriers went out and sailed for about 1 day. When they got to the designated area of the plane takeoff they got every thing ready. Meanwhile, Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt was reported by the senator and said they got a wide range of fighter planes coming towards Pearl Harbor. When the military forces saw the planes they thought it ...more
Elaine
This novel was a fantastic mixture of historical happenings and a love triangle.
It was written with a smooth narrative style and the strong sentiments and emotions can overwhelm the reader.
I had a good cry over the book as well as the film. I highly recommend it as it respects the human aspects of the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor.
Eva
I loved this movie, even though it was very Hollywood, so I thought I'd try the book when I saw it for a dollar at a local book store in Maplewood, NJ. The parts of the movie that I really liked came out as soppy and overdone in the book (the whole love story part). But the part that the movie sort of glossed over (all the tactical and war-focused stuff) was done really well in the book. I am never interested in tactical war moves--I generally love everything on the history channel except the do ...more
Anna
While the book was captivating and made history come alive, the immorality was a big negative, although not descriptive, along with profanity. For those reasons I would hesitate to recommend this book.
Jordan
A heartbreaking and yet action packed book about the beginning of WW2 and the lives that were lost. This follows the lives of two very heroic pilots, Danny and Rafe, who risked their lives, and their hearts for their country. I really liked this book and would be very inclined to read it again. I would aslo suggest this book if you not only wanted something good to read but some good info. This author i think just did a good job on getting what happened and putting 2 pilots into it. He didnt mak ...more
Martyspringsteen98
Aug 10, 2014 Martyspringsteen98 marked it as to-read
Ho visto il film, mi aspetto grandi cose.
Geraldcabansag
this story was so beautiful
Sali Pachkoria
Interesting story of love triangle. Easy to read.
Jessica Ann
I seriously wished that Evelyn loved Danny more then Rafe. I just didn't like Rafe. He cared more about being a pilot then being by her side and as for Danny you could just tell that he really was in love with her and he was going to be a father. It's just torture to watch it end the way it did. Danny deserved to live and be loved by Evelyn while Rafe should have died in war as a pilot with honor.
Andrea
It's been a LONG time since I saw the movie so I'm not comparing this book to the movie. I really liked the book. It's about half love story, half WWII pilot story.
Simeon
This was a great book. I learned more about pearl harbor then I did in history class. This book was well written and I got into it on the 5th page. It is intense and I would like to see a second book to follow up this book. If there was another book I'm sure it would be just as well and I would read it. I would like to see more then one follow up book.
Tyler
Dec 21, 2010 Tyler added it
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This book is about the beginning of World War 2 and the lives that were lost during this gruesome war. The main characters are Danny and Rafe. Danny and Rafe are brave and heroic pilots who risked their lives for their country. This book is full of action, and I would reccommend it to people my age and older.
marc
i love it!
Lartemis
Aug 21, 2015 Lartemis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lartemis by: prepping for my cruise to Hawaii, Jan 2016
Shelves: hawaii-prep
This short (3 CDs), interesting audio book is more a love story than about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It's a well written tale.
Lindsay
I really like the story itself, but the thing that annoyed me about this book is that I felt like I was reading the movie. It was pretty much word for word, sceen for sceen between the page and the film. This isn't surprising since the author worte the screenplay for the movie...
Thunder472
Pearl Harbor one of the best Pacific naval force in early 40s in December 7,1941 in the morning 8:30 a.m Japanese have a suprise attack
the American navy they thought its a air show but this is a Military strike japanese resulting in thier entry in to World War 2
Karen
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M&rcu$ #u+chin$
I read the book but the movie explains it a little better. It has more action. It gives you a good significant background of what fighter pilots did in World War II.


*By the way, the AP (Air Patrol for civilians) needed to step up their game.
Elizabeth
I read this book when I was thirteen. I read it over and over again until my dad forcibly took it from me. I lost touch with it and finally found it again recently. This book spurred my love of reading and I will be forever thankful.
Jesse
This book was very good, I thought. But then again I typically love the books over movies. It actually went into more details than the movie and it was a very easy read, one where I was not wanting to put it down. I suggest it :)
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“I soared above the song birds
And never heard them sing
I lived my life in winter
And then you brought the spring”
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