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5.0 out of 5 stars an intense, beautiful novel
When former prize fighter Tom McClain comes home from the Korean War in 1953, he carries the scars of the physical wounds that almost killed him and a Silver Star for what he did. In a novel as well written as his better-known "The Killer Angels," author Michael Shaara follows McClain's attempts to integrate himself back into the civilian world.

McClain returns...
Published on May 19, 2008 by Malcolm R. Campbell

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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
I think I had too high of an expectation for this book. The writing was too flowery too often. The beginning was difficult to follow and was just not what I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an intense, beautiful novel, May 19, 2008
This review is from: The broken place (Hardcover)
When former prize fighter Tom McClain comes home from the Korean War in 1953, he carries the scars of the physical wounds that almost killed him and a Silver Star for what he did. In a novel as well written as his better-known "The Killer Angels," author Michael Shaara follows McClain's attempts to integrate himself back into the civilian world.

McClain returns to college, but he knows he will be moving on, for something within him is broken, there's an anger there growing out of old family issues and the war. He drinks a lot, considers returning to prize fighting, the only thing he felt he was good at, was made for, other than soldiering. He meets Lise, there's a strange and wonderful chemistry there, and he doesn't understand it--she's drawn to him from a world he doesn't know.

During the summer of 1954, he meets up with Wilson, an old army buddy, and they travel through Asia, a hard trip with good and bad in it, but the broken place remains. McClain returns home, lives in a mountain cabin and returns to prize fighting. He wins fights, he's good at it, feels whole and natural while he's in the ring, but wonders whether it will help him make peace with himself and whatever created his broken places.

In his posthumously published 1991 novel "For Love of the Game," Shaara lives in perfect harmony inside the head of a pitcher, capturing the thoughts, feelings and motions of a man standing on the mound in a game he loves. With a similar skill, but greater power, he steps into McClain's consciousness in "The Broken Place." A former boxer himself, Shaara becomes the main character, heart and soul, in some of the best and most honest boxing scenes ever written.

While Shaara will always be remembered for "The Killer Angels," "The Broken Place" is, in some ways, a more powerful book. In spare dialogue, magical description, and intense interior monologue, Shaara has created a dangerously beautiful and personal novel.

Several years before the novel was published, those of us enrolled in Shaara's creative writing class at Florida State University were privileged to see excerpts of "The Broken Place" in manuscript form. The story made an indelible impression then that continues to be an inspiration. Let's hope the book doesn't remain out of print.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay., December 19, 2013
This review is from: The Broken Place (Kindle Edition)
I think I had too high of an expectation for this book. The writing was too flowery too often. The beginning was difficult to follow and was just not what I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Husband's Favorite Author, November 24, 2012
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This review is from: The Broken Place (Hardcover)
I bought this book for my husband, who loves Michael Shaara and his father Jeff--has read all of their books. Glad we found this one.
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