Book Review: The Final Storm-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

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About:
“The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific” by Jeff Shaara (web­site) 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!

  • 480 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Bal­lan­tine Books
  • ISBN: 0345497945

My rat­ing for The Final Storm — 5

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Thoughts:
“The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific” by Jeff Shaara picks up where his World War II tril­ogy ended. The war in Europe is all but over; how­ever Japan is stub­born as ever despite mas­sive loses.

True to form, each chap­ter in the book intro­duces the war from a per­spec­tive of a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure. Most of the story is told through the eyes of Marine pri­vate Clay Adams and his fight on Oki­nawa. The bat­tle is also told through the eyes of Japan­ese gen­eral Mit­suru Ushi­jima, com­man­der of the forces on Oki­nawa. Both men are true sol­diers who will do their duty or die try­ing to.

The last sec­tion of the book focuses on the atomic bomb, mostly seen through the eyes of Pres­i­dent Tru­man and pilot Paul Tib­bets. Mr. Shaara tries to bring in a few oppos­ing points of view to the bomb, how­ever he makes his posi­tion per­fectly clear: the bomb helped save Amer­i­can lives, Japan­ese lives and ended World War II.

By con­trast­ing the hor­rors of fac­ing the sol­diers on Oki­nawa and mak­ing sure the reader under­stands that the Amer­i­can sol­diers will face these same hor­rors in every ham­let in Japan.

This is a mov­ing and riv­et­ing book – one of Shaara’s best (and I thought most of them were very good). Mr. Shaara man­ages to show how oth­er­wise decent peo­ple some­times descended to atro­cious acts when faced with the hor­rors of war.
A les­son we are still learn­ing today.

As is done in all his books, the “After­ward” sec­tion is inter­est­ing and enlight­en­ing, let­ting the reader know what hap­pened with those indi­vid­u­als they just read about after the war. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that Mr. Shaara uses real peo­ple, even those we have never heard about, how­ever are the back­bone of our country.

So tell me, do you think the atomic bomb ended World War II early?

Syn­op­sis:
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 drop­ping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima mostly through the eyes of Pres­i­dent Tru­man and pilot Paul Tibbets.

Buy & Save on“The Final Storm" through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on:
Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.

About:
“The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific” by Jeff Shaara (web­site) 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!

Thoughts:
“The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific” by Jeff Shaara picks up where his World War II tril­ogy ended. The war in Europe is all but over; how­ever Japan is stub­born as ever despite mas­sive loses.

True to form, each chap­ter in the book intro­duces the war from a per­spec­tive of a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure. Most of the story is told through the eyes of Marine pri­vate Clay Adams and his fight on Oki­nawa. The bat­tle is also told through the eyes of Japan­ese gen­eral Mit­suru Ushi­jima, com­man­der of the forces on Oki­nawa. Both men are true sol­diers who will do their duty or die try­ing to.

The last sec­tion of the book focuses on the atomic bomb, mostly seen through the eyes of Pres­i­dent Tru­man and pilot Paul Tib­bets. Mr. Shaara tries to bring in a few oppos­ing points of view to the bomb, how­ever he makes his posi­tion per­fectly clear: the bomb helped save Amer­i­can lives, Japan­ese lives and ended World War II.

By con­trast­ing the hor­rors of fac­ing the sol­diers on Oki­nawa and mak­ing sure the reader under­stands that the Amer­i­can sol­diers will face these same hor­rors in every ham­let in Japan.

This is a mov­ing and riv­et­ing book – one of Shaara’s best (and I thought most of them were very good). Mr. Shaara man­ages to show how oth­er­wise decent peo­ple some­times descended to atro­cious acts when faced with the hor­rors of war.
A les­son we are still learn­ing today.

As is done in all his books, the “After­ward” sec­tion is inter­est­ing and enlight­en­ing, let­ting the reader know what hap­pened with those indi­vid­u­als they just read about after the war. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that Mr. Shaara uses real peo­ple, even those we have never heard about, how­ever are the back­bone of our country.

So tell me, do you think the atomic bomb ended World War II early?

Syn­op­sis:
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 drop­ping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima mostly through the eyes of Pres­i­dent Tru­man and pilot Paul Tibbets.

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