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The Triumph And The Glory Mass Market Paperback – January 8, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (January 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157566397X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575663975
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,483,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The problem: You're an obscure first-time author hawking a completely undistinguished and cliche-ridden hack-job about World War II. The only publisher willing to print your book is a no-name mass-market paperback house known for its insipid romances ("For the sake of family honor, Nicolas Delaney agreed to wed a wronged lady. In truth, such chivalry ran counter to his carefully wrought image of a carousing, dissolute rogue-the guise so vital to his secret political mission. He hoped to keep his new wife in the background until a spy was trapped, but Eleanor's beauty and fighting wit were impossible to ignore. In fact, she presented quite a challenge to his prowess with women-and a test of his formidable will!"). How can you trick otherwise intelligent readers into thinking (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Buy.Com) with hundreds of fake glowing customer reviews. Make sure a lot of them compare the book to Hemingway, Michener, etc. -- real books for real he-men. Abuse the trust of real veterans by pretending to be various ex-military personages who thought the book was "stirring". Slip mentions of your book into fake customer comments on the web pages for totally unrelated but high-profile books (Harry Potter, John Grisham, etc.) And hope that no one notices that all these fake reviews sound as if they were written by the same person.
If by chance someone does actually post a bad review, no problem. Submit ten more five-star fakes and push that troublemaker out of sight.
Will your plan work? You'd better hope so. You're planning five more of these turkeys.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jerome A. Schroeder on December 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first chapter or two of this tome are cleverly written in that the reader is promised rich characters, intriguing plots, and exciting adventure. Unfortunately these promises go no where. I know. I wasted my time finishing it.
"Triumph & Glory" might be a promising effort for a Community College writing class, but in the big leagues it just can't make it. Consider W.E.B. Griffin's work in a similar genre. Griffin is not a great writer, but compared to Rustad, he is Shakespeare.
The plot is weak, characters wooden, and the action uninspired. Just as porno flicks tend to make sex dull, this work manages to make WWII a hoo hum event.
Its been suggested that the author, publisher and their minions primed the Amazon pump by flooding this site with lauditory views on "Triumph." That seems likely. I can't see anyone who reads more than one or two books a year liking this turkey. That includes comic books.
If you are a football jock or a business major, this might be a painless way to be introduced to WWII. For that reason I'll give it one star.
As Dorthy Parker once said about a work of similar quality: "This is not a work to be put down lightly, but hurled with great force."
J.A.Schroeder
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading about ten or so reviews of "The Triumph and the Glory" I was stoked. Reviewers compared it to everything from Hemingway (!) to Joyce. I bought the book, settled in to my favorite reading chair, and dove in.
A few hundred pages in and I was still waiting for the Hemingway-like quality to set in. All I had read so far was tripe - Danielle Steel goes to war. The "bad guys" (read: Soviets, Germans) in power were all piggy, fat, paranoid slobs. The "good guys" (read: Americans, English) were all filled with steely resolve and pure intentions. Factual mistakes abounded. Sure, it was written in a spare style, but else could you expect from a book that details all of World War II in about four hundred pages?
OK, here's a sample of one of the cliche-ridden plot points - a downed US pilot is pulled from the wreckage of his plane by a French farmer, and is then approached by the farmer's daughter as he convalesces - she wants to make love to the "capitan". I kid you not.
The plot - predicatable. The characters - stereotypes. The dialogue - inane and unbelievable. The book - not even remotely comparable to the hype.
Which leads me to believe that either the author or his publisher is "stuffing the ballot box", so to speak, here at Amazon. People can not *possibly* beleive that this book is on par with anything Hemingway did. To have *so* many reviewers speak with such conviction about the fantastic quality of this mediocre book is dubious at best. Hence, it is my belief that someone would like to see this book do well and is taking steps to ensure that it does.
In parting - DO NOT TRUST THE REVIEWS YOU SEE BELOW! Check with someone you trust on their opinion before buying this novel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a bore - please ignore the false reviews below. It is cliched, hackneyed tripe. It's full of historical inaccuracies and purple prose. It's quite obvious that the author or his publisher is writing false reviews to bolster sales of the book. Please don't be taken like I was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
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After reading through reviews for this book that compared it's author to Hemingway, I thought I had found a real winner. Sadly, I was mistaken. It's obvious to me that someone is writing false reviews for this book. No one in their right mind would compare this guy to Danielle Steele, let alone Hemingway. What a disappointment.
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