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Preview — Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield
Pressfield, who also wrote Gates of Fire about the Battle of Thermopylae, works hard to keep the story interesting while trying to adhere to a realistic portrayal of war. War has been described as mainly periods of boredom occasionally punctuated...more
Moving away from the ancient world and into the 20th century seems to have served Steven Pressfield quite well. Many readers may be unfamiliar with the Long Range Desert Group (popularized in the 1960s TV series The Rat Patrol), but this powerful, thoroughly researched novel should change that. Pressfield creates the same edge-of-your-seat drama, remarkable battle scenes, and strong characters that populate his acclaimed novels of ancient warfare. Chapman contemplates war as he learns to fight a...more
I loved the descriptions of Rommel's tank tactics: "tied in forces will hold and forces in the air will run". It was also interesting to note that most of the special ops were doing re...more
The book follows the exploits of a Long Range Desert Group patrol in the vast North African deserts in 1942-3. The group is tasked with a seemingly-impossible mission: infiltrate behind German lines and kill Rommel. It turns into a nail-biting saga of survival, as these se...more
I admit a vested interest in reading this work - my grandfather fought at the battle of El Alamein, and was indeed a Desert Rat. Thus, I loved the way Pressfield brought the theatre of war to life, really...more
Getting to know the British LRDG was a fascinating study, and the protagonist was a sympathetic character, despite the fact that he's enlisted (well, recruited for on mission) in what is essentially Briti...more
Stopping the Eight Army was an essential and significant part of the Allies' counteroffensive plan.
The story in "Killing Rommel" is presented through the eyes of Lieutenant R. Lawrence Chapman (Chap) a fictional tank commander who was "loaned" to a famed comm...more
The premise is simple – in 1943, an English soldier describes his career with the Long Range Desert Group, fighting in North Africa against German Field General Erwin Rommel. Their mission...more
Brie's rating: 4 stars
Mr. Pressfield’s recent novel unfolds within the context of the 1942/early 1943 North African campaign during World War II. With the kind of historical accuracy for which the author is known, the crux of the plot (a top secret operation to locate and kill Field Marshall Rommel by the British special-forces unit, the Long Range Desert Group) is explored in fine and deliberate detail. The majority of the story is voiced through the f...more
"Killing Rommel" brings alive the battles of World War II in the Middle East and North Africa. I hesitated to buy this book as I always have been drawn more to reading about the events in the Pacific, since my father served on the carrier "Enterprise." Leon Uris's "Battle Cry" and Mailer's "The Naked...more
One of the things that astonishes me about WWII is the way...more
Killing Rommel was so well paced, with the action pretty thick and heavy. However, the parts of the boo...more
Pressfield conveys in a beautiful way the desolation of driving in Africa's northern deserts. As another reviewer put it, warfare consists of a very few intense moments punctuated by long periods of absolute nothing. Somehow the nothing in this book becomes exciting, where the challenges of desert survival not only hold my attention, but keep me glued to page.
Ultimately, the characters' run-in with the famed General Rommel seems forced — s...more
Out of desperation, the British plan to send a small, heavily armed mobile force behind enemy lines to strike a blow that will stop the Afrika Korps in its tracks. This force: th...more
The story comes from the perspective of a member of a small unit of...more
I graduated from Duke University in 1965.
In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place a...more