Steven Pressfield’s quintet of acclaimed, bestselling novels of ancient warfare— Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, and The Afghan Campaign— have earned him a reputation as a master chronicler of military history, a supreme...more
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
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
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
One of the things that astonishes me about WWII is the way...more
The story comes from the perspective of a member of a small unit of...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
Killing Rommel was so well paced, with the action pretty thick and heavy. However, the parts of the boo...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
Pressfield's need to describe in great detail the technology slows the novel down. In addition, the action follows small groups of soldiers whose principal missi...more
A British Army officer is assigned to the Long Range Desert Group, part of the Desert Rats during World War II. His unit's mission is--you guessed it--killing "The Desert Fox" himself, Erwin Rommel. The book is written from the view of a young friend a...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
It suffers from what many other war novels suffer from; a large cast of characters as soldiers shift and out of the story. Like in "Band of Brothers" you identify with a few characters and the rest form a...more
His characters are engrossing and believable. He describes combat in period correct language never straying as some authors do, into more modern phrasing.
Even incidents which are quite obviously fictional are written in a thoroughly believable manner tha...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