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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 effo
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Steven Peterson
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some time ago I read the first three books that Mr. Shaara wrote about WWII. Those were concerned with the war in Europe and I really enjoyed them. In spite of the fact that I found it very interesting, this book was a bit hard to get through. I hadn't known that much about the war in the Pacific. Of course I knew the basics: the attack on Pearl Harbor, the battle of Midway, the Bataan death march, the terrible lot of Americans captured by the Japanese. But I was unaware of how much worse were t ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good, but not as good as the other books in his WWII quartet. Although The Final Storm includes engaging character voices, the number and variety is much lower than in Shaara's other books. The War in the Pacific surely deserves a full recounting by someone as talented as Shaara, something he alludes to in his introduction, but it appears this single volume on the Battle for Okinawa and the bombing of Hiroshima is all readers are going get.

Jeff Shaara is too good of a writer to deliver a ba
Chad Manske
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic Shaara read and #4 in his WWII lineup. This time the historical fiction master goes to the Pacific and weaves a great tale. Particularly noteworthy was the story of the development and dropping of the Little Boy atomic bomb with Lt Gen Grove and Col Pat Tibbetts, the pilot of the mission.
John Roadman
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Just finished the final book in the four book world war two series. this was about the war in the Pacific. This was my favorite out of the four!!! I have now read all the Jeff Shaara war novels. except for his new one that Just came out about the Korean war.
Susan in NC
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
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
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Pacific Theater of war as seen through the eyes of the admirals, politicians, seaman, and soldier.
The narrative picks up with the war and closing the noose on the Japanese. Partically interesting is the narratives dealing with Okinawa and the decisions that lead to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Once again Shaara does a fine job in narrating this conflict through these figures.
Geoffrey Miller
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Charles Gluck
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this appropriate for leading up to Veterans Day. A very somber and real account of battle and how it affects people.
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Take
Once again I am left in awe of the one of the greatest generations of America to ever live – my parent’s generation. The sacrifices made by the Marines, soldiers, and Navy men are vividly described in this novel by one of my favorite authors, Jeff Shaara.

This is now my favorite Jeff Shaara book (that’s saying a lot) – lots of character development (both with admirals/generals and privates) combined with the massive research that I’ve come to appreciate that he does for each of his books.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed Jeff Shaara's three volume work on the European theater in WWII. However, I found The Final Storm a bit of a let down. It does not appear to be as well researched as the Europe books and focuses too tightly on one battle (Okinawa), more or less ignoring the many other defining campaigns of the Pacific war. I understand from reading the author's forward that he did not really want to tackle a project on the scope of his Europe books, but I wish he had.

Most of the chapters focu
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shaara is true to his typical form in this novel, immediately thrusting you into the action of a US submariner in 1945 as his ship patrols near the coast of Japan and the ensuing conflict with a freighter and Japanese submarine. Your emotions and tension rise and fall as he weaves you into the mind of the ship's captain.

Not just following the submariner crew, Shaara also weaves you in and out of other simultaneous story lines such as a Marine unit before and during the invasion of Okinawa, Admir
Robert Enzenauer
I have read literally ALL of Jeff Shaara's historical fiction. But for me, this book about The Pacific Theater and Okinawa, is one of my top two favorites, along with his MEXICAN WAR novel GONE FOR SOLDIERS. The combat scenes and the stress and strain of the brutal fight on Okinawa is truly second to none. And the blood and guts and smell of death, adn the close combat, that characterized the fighting on these islands at the end of the war was so much different than the fighting in the European ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
Despite some annoying tendencies in this and the other three WWII books in the series, I've got to rate this highly. I would never have understood the battle of Okinawa so well until reading this. And there are lots of cool things like focusing on one buddy team and following them through the battle. And these are real people, as the truly interesting epilogue makes clear.

The second part of the story focuses on the Hiroshima bombing. We get all sides of the issue, but mainly focusing on Tibbets
Samantha Zee
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, war
Shaara has a way with writing something as awful and hard to read as war, and capturing your attention and investing the reader into his characters. Perhaps it's because most of his characters are/were real people, and if not, the character is based off a collection of real people, fused off of the stories of actual USMC members that he interviewed.

There's a great deal of research that Shaara does, and yet, the book reads so much better than some dry text book. Apparently this is part of a seri
Norb Wormald
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final book of WW II this is the end of the war With Japan. I really always wondered why the invasion of Okinawa required such a long battle. First there was conflict between the army and the Marines I had not idea about. Second the U.s Intelligence did not realize where the enemy was buried in the caves at Southern end of the Island. I still can not understand with all the heave navy fire power they just did not pour heavy shell at that area day after day. The army & marines were sent ou ...more
Realized that I'd read this book a while back. This wasn't as good as Shaara's WW II trilogy in the European theater.

Instead, I recommend Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie or Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II by Adam Makos, or best of all, With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge.
fred busch
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grueling fight to the finish!

Riveting depiction of the horrors of war.
I recommend this highly to lovers of battle stories. I am hoping there will be no more wars. This was a devastating book. I wish it was not real. But I know there will be more wars. Sad, but true. Freddy B
Jun 18, 2015 added it
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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
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww-ll
Well done. I got a vivid picture of what happened. Jeff Shaara's style of writing the events opened my eyes.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
intensely detailed and great information.great for those like me who read history books.
James Tittle
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great final book in the 4 part series.
Frankie Boswell
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best WWII books I've read. Tells about the last days of the War before the bombing of Japan.
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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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