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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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
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
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
Charles Gluck
I found this appropriate for leading up to Veterans Day. A very somber and real account of battle and how it affects people.
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
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Spring, 1945. With the war in Europe beginning to stagger to a conclusion, attention is turned to the Pacific Theater. The empire of Japan had been overtaking segments of southeast Asia and islands throughout the Pacific since before World War II was officially launched, but the tide was starting to turn. U.S. forces under the command of folks such as Nimitz, Buckner and MacArthur were beginning to drive Japan back toward their homeland, and all that was needed for a proper assault was a secure ...more
JEFF SHAARA may be the best contemporary writer of military history written as creative nonfiction. I recently finished THE FINAL STORM (ISBN 978-0345497956, trade paperback, $16.00, 480 pages). This is the fourth book in SHAARA's World War II series. The first three books take readers from North Africa to VE Day. THE FINAL STORM moves to the Pacific Theater. The first chapter or two briefly cover the period from 1931 to 1945. The balance of the book covers the campaign on Okinawa and the droppi ...more
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
This is the final book in a four book story of World War II. The first three books dealt with the war in Africa and Europe. This one covers the Pacific war. The introduction sets the stage for the main portions of the book by covering the period from Pearl Harbor until the Battle for Okinawa. The next two portions of the book cover the Battle for Okinawa as told from both sides. The last section briefly covers the development of the atomic bomb, and it spends the majority of its time detailing t ...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.
Hannes Schneider
Another great offering from Shaara.

Anyone with an interest in history should read this book and all others penned by Shaara. His unique style of historical fiction makes learning history more like living history.
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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
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
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
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
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
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 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 -
"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 days leading to
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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  • Cain at Gettysburg
  • The Battle of the Crater
  • Once an Eagle
  • 1812
  • Pacific Glory (World War 2 Navy)
  • The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach
  • The End of War
  • Killing Rommel
  • Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • Redcoat
  • Look Away (U.S. Civil War, #1)
  • Battle Cry
  • Heart of Deception
  • Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific
  • The Marines of Autumn
Jeff Shaara, a descendant of Italian immigrants, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey ("Shaara" was originally spelled "Sciarra"). He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology. From age 16, Jeff operated a rare coin business, first out of his home, then in a retail store. After moving to Tampa, Jeff became one of the most widely know ...more
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World War II: 1939-1945 (4 books)
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