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The Final Storm (World War II: 1939-1945 #4)

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The Final Storm opens a new front in Jeff Shaara's gripping chronicle of World War II as soldiers, sailors, and marines sacrifice all for one final push toward decisive victory in the fierce maelstrom of the Pacific theater.

As the war in Europe winds down in the wake of the Normandy invasion, the United States has turned its vast military resources toward an all-out effor...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ben
As per usual, a generally well-written, well-thought out book about an American war from Mr. Shaara. While I disagree with his assertion at the beginning of the book that he is not trying to promote any point of view or political position, one would be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't see his book as promoting the view that the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan was an abhorrent necessity that avoided hundreds of thousands of American casualties, and millions of Japanese (a viewp...more
Steven Peterson
Jeff Shaara has added another powerful work to his oeuvre. He (and his father) have developed an approach to historical fiction that is quite effective. They juxtapose the actions and thoughts of key characters in an unfolding drama.

This work focuses on the battle for Okinawa. It adopts the perspectives, in a fictional framework, of various characters in the fight for this island. The actors include "grunt," foot soldiers, generals (including the Japanese commander Mitsuru Ushijima), and other k...more
Eileen Granfors
Jeff Shaara's "The Final Storm" takes history that many of us know well, whether from living it (my dad);studying it (me); or watching films and series about World War II (the younger generations). What makes his book so astounding is the level of personal detail he adds, so that a worldwide catastrophe hits the reader in the gut with the connection to his characters.

He moves from the top brass of the Navy, Army, and Marines, to the grunts in the trenches. The assault on Okinawa looked from the...more
David
I have read every one of Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction books, from the Revolutionary War and Civil War to the Mexican American War and the WWII Battles in Europe. As Shaara says in his prologue, he had left off the Pacific Action during WWII. For the first time, I was disappointed with Shaara's book, The Final Storm, as the characters and dialogue seemed to pale compared to his other works. The story begins where the European action ends with the battle of Okinawa. That said, it is still a go...more
Fred Forbes
I have long been a fan of Jeff's work and have met him at several signings. I think it interesting that he is beginning a series of Civil War books - 3 on the Western theater but manages to cram the entire WW II Pacific War into this one book. Actually, not crammed. Quick summary to start and then a long story on Okinawa finally winding up with the dropping of the atom bombs (which I thought was actually the strongest part of the book). Handled with his characteristic jumping between the viewpoi...more
Brian
The fourth and final book in Shaara's WWII series. Epic in scope, unflinchingly brutal, often tragic. As with the other books in the series Shaara switches effortlessly between presidents and privates, the Oval Office and muddy foxholes, the grand sweep of history and the tiny intimacies of rank and file soldiers. Most of the book takes place during the battle for Okinawa, possibly one of the most savage and bloody battles of the entire war -- and that includes Stalingrad. Any doubts that a conv...more
Andrew
Tremendous if horrifying and disturbing novel that takes the reader on a bloody and demoralising journey across the heavily-defended island of Okinawa - particuarly over the infamous Sugar Loaf Hill - that will be remembered as being the final campaign in the Pacific War. Shortly afterward, of course, comes the twin detonations of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As with Shaara's previously excellent work, the points of view switch from Admiral Nimitz, to the commanding...more
Geoffrey Miller
Good book, although it didn't pick up until half way through. I've read most, if not all, of Shaara's work and I liked this the least. It just seemed like he short changed the subject considering the depth in which he covered other conflicts. Despite what this review might seem, I did enjoy the book - I think I have high expectations for his work.
Robert Clancy
Shaara has a working formula going -- historical fiction. He takes the real people and events of military history and gives thoughts, words and emotions to those historical figures as they intersect in the annals of history. At best, this gives heart and soul to otherwise dry historical events yet sometimes it is dubious that the thoughts and words he ascribes to the figures are completely believable. He also does a good job of jumping from both sides of the warring factions and including top le...more
Jen
Interesting. Again, I was reading an advanced proof--with all the errors those entail--so I can't speak exactly to the final published edition.

I picked it up from someone who was getting rid of a stack of history books, and didn't realize until later that it was a novel rather than a straight history. But then the author's name caught my eye and I realized I had read some of his father's civil war books. So I went ahead to give it a try.

A very interesting book switching between narrative where w...more
Cheryl
This is a terrific look into the lives of American servicemen, strategists, and President during THE FINAL STORM of the Pacific which lead to the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II.

Jeff Shaara's is a storyteller, and a good one at presenting the horrific conditions the military faced in these final battles for the Philippines, Mariana and Peleliu Islands where more than 6000 Marines lost their lives. We are witness to the strategic divisions of General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, and...more
James Korsmo
This novel, The Final Storm, is a follow-up volume to Shaara's very good trilogy focusing on World War 2 as it developed in Africa and in Europe. Once the victory occurred there, the Allies shifted their full attention to the Pacific, and Shaara does likewise. He doesn't tell the whole story of the Pacific, but instead picks up the story in mid-stream, focusing on the final months of the conflict and the lead-up to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Like the earlier tril...more
Dale
A bit disappointing.

Jeff Shaara's European Theater World War II trilogy covered America's participation in that theater completely - from before the invasion of North Africa to the occupation of Germany. He did a great job of discussing the grand strategies and showing the view from the trenches.

I really was hoping for the same treatment here. Shaara alludes to problems with his publisher in an introduction, but the reader is left with a truncated version of the war in the Pacific Theater. Shaar...more
Rob
This was a great conclusion to Shaara's series on World War II. It had me on the edge of my seat, even though the outcome of the novel was never really in jeopardy. I love how Shaara writes from the point of view of the participants. He tells their stories instead of telling a story about them. Shaara does a great job of bringing history to life through narrative. Not only did he include the American perspective of the war in the Pacific, but he also took the time to look through the eyes of the...more
Harry
Jeff Shaara's recent novel The Final Storm (A Novel of the War in The Pacific) is more then just an Historical Novel, it is a Novel of History. A Novel of History being a story that centers around a real event that might include real life characters. While I haven't read the first three books of this series of World War II, I found this the final book in the series, to provide an immersing understanding of these world changing events. This book tells the story of the taking of Okinawa and the dr...more
Lorin Lee Cary
The final volume in his trilogy about WWII, The Final Storm focuses initially on the battle for Okinawa. There are several protagonists, if you can call them that. Marine Private Clayton Adams provides the eyes as we view the battle, and Shaara vividly portrays it from this ground-level perspective. For me this was the best portion of the book. The horror of the war, the reality of it, came alive here in deadening detail. On occasion we see the campaign though the eyes of Admiral Nimitz and othe...more
Joel Margolese
This book is a bit of a misfit from the other three books in the series, yet in many ways its the best one. With only one book to work with, and some sort of trouble with his publisher, Shaara focuses mostly on the brutal battle for Okinawa and with a brief foray in the dropping of the atomic bomb. But the battle scenes are among the best I've read. We get a compelling view of Adams' war. (The actual brother of Jesse Adams profiled in the Europe books). Along with the dread of anticipation and t...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
"The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific" by Jeff Shaara is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel which focuses on America's war in the Pacific instead of Europe. Mr. Shaara points out that he didn't intend to write this book but got many let­ters for fans and WWII vet­er­ans who fought there.
Good for us!

The book fol­lows the bat­tle of Oki­nawa through the eyes of the grunts on the ground and the com­man­ders of both the Amer­i­can and Japan­ese forces.
The last part of the book fol­lows the...more
Suzanne
"Ushijima knew that the American commanders would be agonizing over their lack of progress, that surely no American general had the stomach for such a high casualty rate. Unlike the Japanese, who fed their people only what the Imperial High Command chose to reveal, he knew that the American newspapers were sure to announce openly the kinds of losses their soldiers were suffering. It is astounding, he thought, that they believe such openness is a positive thing. War is not about truth. it is ab...more
Mike
Picture yourself on a small island thousands of miles from home. Now picture yourself as a U.S. Marine or any other Soldier or Sailor, and you are facing and relentless enemy in the time of war. That is exactly what will happen to you as you read Jeff Shaara's novel "The Final Storm". As soon as you open this book, you will become completely and thoroughly engrossed in the story.
Shaara has chosen only a few main characters for his novel, but these characters tell the whole story of the war in...more
Ronald Roseborough
This story of the last two years of the war in the Pacific is embodied in the brutal struggle for Okinawa and the fateful use of the two atomic bombs to end the war with Japan. The voices in this historical novel are representative of those who were there. The commanders on both sides as well as the average fighting men are represented by major characters in the book. The strongest story follows Marine Private Clay Adams through the horrific fighting on Okinawa. As in any book of history, it is...more
Susan
Devastating doesn't begin to describe this story of the terror, filth, gore and brutality faced by the Marines attempting to secure the Japanese-held island of Okinawa at the close of World War Two. Jeff Shaara uses several points of view to illustrate the Herculean task the American forces faced fighting the Japanese island by island in the Pacific theater: Admiral Nimitz, General Ushijima, the Japanese commander on Okinawa, and most powerfully for me, Clay Adams, a young Marine. In the final p...more
Casey Harris
I was able to review this book over a month in advance of publication by winning a drawing through Goodreads, so I need to (and want to) thank them and Ballantine, the publisher, for allowing me to receive an advance copy of the book. Jeff Shaara is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and this third novel of his that I've now read is no exception.

Historical fiction has always been kind of a weird genre to me; how accurate can it really be if it's fictionalized? But the best authors of t...more
Troy
Good, but not as engaging as most of Shaara's stuff. Could be that I've recently read enough about the Pacific War that it just seemed (to me) to be a repeat of recent reads. But really, I think it's because of the focus on JUST Okinawa and the atomic bomb - in what actually was a very disjointed way (somewhat justified by the newness of Truman's involvement). It read as an attempt to quickly summarize the final events of the war, lacked some of the character development and insight into players...more
Adam
While the world celebrated it's liberation of Nazi controlled Europe the war rages onward in the Pacific. Although he says it was not his intent, Shaara sets the tone that explains the case for the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese just as sick as Germany with their own agenda of world conquest have continued the massacre of soldiers as well as citizens both Japanes and of other Asian nations. Using their own innocent civilians...women and children as decoys, employing the gue...more
Roland
I never thought anything would beat the quality of the writing in Michael Shaara's "The Killer Angels," Jeff Shaara's father's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.

After Michael Shaara's death of a heart attack in 1988, his son Jeff took up the family business, writing novels in the same genre and with much the same style. He wrote a prequel to The Killer Angels, titled Gods and Generals, as well as a sequel, The Last Full Measure. He has since gone on to write books set i...more
Quentin Stewart
Jeff Shaara's The Final Storm, looks at the one theater of World War II that has received little notice from writers. It is a far flung war and it is difficult because of the place names are difficult and because the politicians of the time turned our nation's attention to the war in Europe making the winning of that theater the primary goal of the military. By concentrating on the final island battle in the Pacific, Okinawa, Shaara shows his reader the no surrender attitude of the Japanese sold...more
Randall
I have been led to expect little from Jeff Shaara, especially in comparison with his father's masterful "the Killer Angels". Having said that, I have read nearly all of his books because his approach to history is so accessible and it's a nice break from "real" history. I read Eugene Sledge's book and have some relatives who fought in the Pacific theater of WWII and so have some familiarity with that foul conflict. This book does the reality of the conflict great justice as it portrays a young M...more
Bill Currie
Although this is a brief account during the final phase of the Pacific War of the WW II, this book provides an excellent look at the experiences of the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Army personnel involved in that action and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At times I felt overwhelmed by the amount of human expression in the written words of Shaara. By using a dozen or so actual living combatants in his narrative you feel their true emotions brought about by their situations and decisions....more
Meghan
If you’re looking for a gripping historical read this summer, pick up Jeff Shaara’s novel, “The Final Storm,” which tells of WWII’s horrific ultimate battles on the muddy, cave-ridden Pacific islands near Japan. The Marines sacrifice blood, friends, and sanity in the swampy hell-holes created by their own artillery. Meanwhile, the Japanese bide their time in their intricate cave system, unleashing destruction on the Americans, but only to end their own lives to avoid capture.

From the perspective...more
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