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Killing Rommel

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  2,672 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
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Hardcover, First, 331 pages
Published March 24th 2008 by Doubleday
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Non Vi Sed Arte -- Not by Strength, by Guile is the motto of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). This original “special forces” unit fought in the North African desert against the Germans, Italians and the desert itself during WWII. If you like your historical fiction heavy on the history and light on the fiction, then Killing Rommel is for you. I give it 4 Stars but might bump it up later. I was not impressed at the start but the middle was excellent and it was sooo good at the end. From Pres ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! A ripping yarn indeed!
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erwin Rommel, the legendary panzer general wreaked havok on the British Army in North Africa as he pressed his advance toward Palestine and the oil fields beyond. A special British unit was tasked with taking him out. This is the story of their attempt.

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
Γιώργος Κατσούλας
Το δεύτερο μέρος γίνεται πιο ενδιαφέρον από το πρώτο το οποίο έχει πολλές λεπτομέρειες και πληροφορίες για τα όπλα τα άρματα κλπ καθότι περιγράφονται οι κακουχίες της ερήμου ,υπάρχουν έντονες σκηνές δράσης και η περιπέτεια επικεντρώνεται σε λίγα άτομα.Όμως αυτά δεν αρκούν για να ξεπεραστεί η απλοϊκή ρεαλιστικη γραφή με απότομες και σύντομες προτάσεις προφανώς για να δημιουργήσει μια λαχανιασμενη ατμόσφαιρα.Δεν τα καταφέρνει όμως .Το ψυχογράφημα ειναι επιφανειακο,υπαρχει μια αγιοποιηση και τυφλός ...more
C. Patrick
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you know your history, then you are aware that despite the title they don't actually kill Rommel during the North Africa campaign, unless Pressfield opts for a Tarantino revision of the history. Fortunately, he stays true to historical events, introducing a fictional element within the very real British Long Range Desert Group or LRDG. For Gates of Fire fans, if you are looking for an epic climax similar to what you find in his story of the 300, you may be disappointed. But if you would like ...more
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as good and non-put-downable as Pressfield's Gates of Fire. Both intricately detailed and emotionally satisfying account of the allies improbable push-back victory against the forces of Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox."

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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Otis Chandler
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Otis by: Steven
I got an advanced copy of this and tore through it last weekend. It was a memoir style account of desert warfare in world war 2, and a fascinating and realistic account of what it was like. A little heavier on logistics (names/places/etc) in a few places than I would have liked, but that did make it seem very real.

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
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Initially I was a little uncertain about "Killing Rommel"; it read like something written in the postwar 50s... it felt dated. The language was quaint and the characters a little too public-school British as though just come down off the cinema screen during a showing of "Brief Encounter" or "In Which We Serve". I was brought round by the thrill of travelling behind enemy lines in the harsh environment of the North African desert. This was the real hero of the book, that (cliche) unforgiving, un ...more
Mary Kathryn
Second novel in a row that I did not finish, after "Child 44." This one was well-written, but entirely too military-history for me. The only dialogue was of the "Right ho, there chap!" variety.
Nikola Jankovic
Za razliku od sjajnih Ognjenih kapija, jedne od najboljih knjiga o ratu koje sam čitao, Pressfield ovde ne uspeva da zadrži pažnju na jednak način.

Obožavam i istorijsku fikciju, kao i knjige o istoriji. Ove prve treba da temelje na istinitim događajima i licima, ali da a) pričaju sjajnu priču ili b) budu vrhunac literature. Pressfieldove Ognjene kapije ili Harrisova trilogija o Ciceru su odličan primer vrhunske istorijske fikcije.

Istorijske knjige treba naravno da imaju činjenice na mestu, ali
Ακόμα ένα εκπληκτικό έργο από τον Steven Pressfield.
Έχει την μοναδική ικανότητα να αναπαριστά με την γραφή του το περιβάλλον μέσα στο οποίο εκτυλίσσεται η ιστορία του. Μέσα από τις ζωντανές περιγραφές του, πραγματικά νιώθεις να αποτελείς κομμάτι της ιστορίας που διαβάζεις. Ζεις, αισθάνεσαι, νιώθεις, συμμετέχεις.
Gregory Barron
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. A little difficult to follow all the names and terms in the beginning but it falls together nicely. An extreme tear jerker in the end. In a good way. This is not a spoiler. Loved the book.
I also read the Book mentioned in this book as the definitive book on Rommel. But that was many years ago.
Brian Bova
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Great book! Love Pressfield. Was a little slow going at first as the background and pre-war info was boring, and thought there was too much explained. Other than that it was a fantastic book. Would recommend over and over. A+++++
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-choice
I admit I didn't read all of this. Normally I like technical details, but for some reason I didn't in this book.
Mark Thornton
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The frame is a bit clunky, so the beginning and concluding chapters are just okay; however, I found the history interesting and the storytelling engaging. it was a fun, quick read in a busy week.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spencer
Recommended to Mary by: Tia
What I learned - what it must be like to be in combat - chaos, sickness, death, valor, comrades, decisions one must live with.
Wow! is all I can really say about this book.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me personally, this book is exactly what I like to read for personal enjoyment. I say this for several reasons. First, it is not just a novel, Killing Rommel is indeed a work of fiction but the battles, locations, and key characters are all historically accurate. Second, the author's writing style and handling of the events covered makes for a gripping story that keeps the reader turning pages. Finally, I love a book that is entertaining but still teaches me something I didn't know about his ...more
Salvatore Matera

The book made the fighting in the desert in WWII realistic and on a small scale. As you read you can feel the power of the desert and the difficulty of not just surviving but of fighting there. But best of all is how human the soldiers are fighting each other. A fine and meaningful book.
J.S. Reedholm
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like history books, you'll love this.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More great historical fiction from Steven Pressfield.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely boring book about war, heroism and so interesting person as Rommel definitely was. Total disappointment.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author titled this book before Bill O'Reilly cornered the market on any book titled "Killing ...".
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Very good book.
Francis Gahren
Autumn, 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English are isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oilfields of the Middle East. With the outcome of the war hanging in the balance, the British hatch a desperate plan -- send a small, highly mobile, and heavily armed force behind German lines to strike the blow that will stop the Afrika Korps ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading Steven Pressfield's novels because they do an excellent job of making history come to life. My impression is that he does enough research (especially of primary source material) that he could easily write a traditional non-fiction book on the subjects of his choosing. Interestingly though, he chooses to write fictions and in Killing Rommel he may have justified why he chooses to fiction over non-fiction. Near the end of the book (don't worry I'm not giving anything away) one of h ...more
Sid Cole
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book - 4.5 rating. I found it hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary. This fictionalized account of an actual event rings true. However it is not a story about World War II, but one of World War II. It is part of the broader story about average everyday people, both men and women, confronting and overcoming a worldwide calamity. To borrow words from Frederick Douglas, the people's price for victory was paid by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and when necessary, by their lives, and the lives of others. While this story may be fiction, people like ...more
Zohar -
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This historical fiction story takes place in the early 1940's when General Erwin Rommel's (The Dessert Fox) troops were intent on capturing the Mid East oil fields in order to support Germany's war machine in its attempt of world conquest.
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
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I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother.

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
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