- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition
- ISBN-10: 0345526430
- ISBN-13: 978-0345526434
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
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The Final Storm: A Novel of The War in the Pacific (World War II: 1939-1945, #4) Hardcover
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After his trilogy covering the war in North Africa and Europe, Shaara was asked by many, especially Marines, if he planned to write about the Pacific theater as well. He tells briefly of the island-hopping, the fierce battles with their terrible toll in lives lost, and the strategy to bring the battle finally to the shores of Japan. Then he tells in depth of the fight for Okinawa, the last island before Japan, and of the decision to use the atomic bomb to end the war.
The use of the bomb is debated still, and this book will help put in perspective the situation that led to the final decision.
Shaara's focus is on the Marines on Okinawa while he acknowledges that an infantry unit also fought valiantly to overcome fierce Japanese resistance. He follows a Marine private and the Japanese commander as well as the U.S. Pacific commanders, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz. For the most part he stays with the Marines.
To tell more would lessen the impact of the book, but it is as fine a portrayal of men at war as I have ever read. I highly recommend it .
In a brief introductory note to "The Final Storm," Shaara writes that he didn't really intend to write a novel about America's war in the Pacific, but in large part due to the letters from indignant WWII vets who fought there he and his publisher relented. We're lucky he did.
Picking up where Shaara's European WWII trilogy left off, America's war against Japan rages on even as Germany and Italy surrender. The Marines and the Navy have turned back the Japanese offensive but face stiffening resistance as they island-hop toward the Japanese homeland. Iwo Jima has fallen , and the Marines (bolstered by Army infantry and the Navy) have turned their sights to the massive Japanese force on Okinawa. Shaara, true to form, tells this story through the eyes of a specific character for each chapter, and we see the vast majority of the Okinawa fight through the eyes of Marine Private Clay Adams, whose successes in the unit boxing matches has not erased the shame brought on by his long stretch in a hospital and cushy recovery duty following a vicious infection.
Adams wants to fight, and heads into one of the biggest nightmares ever faced by a soldier.
The Japanese side of the battle for Okinawa comes from General Ushijima, the Japanese commander on Okinawa. A true soldier, Ushijima suffers no illusions about his ability to defeat the Americans with their mighty fleet, commanding air superiority, and limitless war materiel. But Ushijima is samurai, and he will die doing his duty. A brilliant tactician, Ushijima combines a masterful defensive network with the fanatical devotion of his soldiers to create a nightmare for the invading U.S. troops.Read more ›
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, Admiral Nimitz, and also from the viewpoint of the Japanese soldier. I don't know how he does it, but Shaara makes you feel as if you are there and relate to the different "main" character of each sub-story line - even to respecting and feeling a part of the enemy commanders, this time the Japanese. Your heart goes out to some of the characters: you feel bad when they feel bad, feel pain when they feel pain, etc.
In addition to having you feel a part of the character, I think the best thing I like about this and other books by Jeff Shaara are taking one small piece of the historical timeline, thoroughly researching the good and the bad of the characters and the events surrounding them, and developing a realistic and fact-based account of what happened: in addition to reading a great story you also learn something about historical events.
If you couldn't tell, I thought this book was outstanding and highly recommend it, and I am looking forward to more!
The book tells the story from the point of view of several historical characters as the battle for Okinawa is waged and the atomic bombs are dropped on Japan. As much as any book I've read, it really displays the brutality of the Pacific war, the impact that it had on the men who fought it, and what was going on in their heads. Mr. Shaara nailed the characters, especially the Marines on the ground, and I felt echoes of their fear, anger, rage, depression, etc. This is not a book that I was able to put down and pick up again a few days later, I wanted to find out what happened to Private Adams and his team-mates and I dreaded the deaths of those around him.
It's just a great book. Involving, well written, with some great characters that drew me in. If you're interested in the Pacific War or really fine historical fiction, this book is a perfect fit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this to be a pretty in depth novel about the men fighting (both sides which made it more interesting) on Okinawa and what it took to end World War II with Japan - good read.Published 25 days ago by Elias David Vuicich
If you like non-fiction history but from a "novel" perspective, Jeff Shaara is the best. The overall story is true but Jeff adds "conversations" and thoughts from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ship Kicker
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of some modern devices, cell phones being at the top of my personal (we hates them) list, so I’m slow to adopt a lot of the newest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John McKenna
If you are new to Jeff's style of writing or if you embrace his work completely--either way you won't be disappointed in this thrilling book, THE FINAL STORM.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Greg
I liked the book, but I think that it covered too mcu too fast. It took Shaara 3 books to do Africa, and Europe and only one for the Pacific. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the perspective of the foot soldiers from both sides of the battle.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer