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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
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Feb 05, 2009

The prolific Jeff Shaara, son of late novelist Michael Shaara, has published sprawling fictionalized accounts of the American Revolution (a trilogy), World War I, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Gods and Generals (1996) and The Last Full Measure (1998) were, respectively, the prequel and sequel to his father's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel TheKiller Angels. Although Shaara's relentless pacing draws readers to Rising Tide, critics point to the sacrifices that make the book so compelling. They cite, for example, some flimsy characters and an occasional lack of historical depth (Rex Burns deems the novel "a good yarn that will make readers feel as if they're reading the History Channel"). Still, any history buff keen on a fast-paced read about the Greatest Generation will enjoy The Rising Tide.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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