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
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
I also read the Book mentioned in this book as the definitive book on Rommel. But that was many years ago.
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.
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
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