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Killing Rommel: A Novel Paperback – June 2, 2009
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I am particularly fond of historical novels because I consider them a painless way to learn history. Mr. Pressfield has never failed to teach his readers all the details within the historical context in which he writes, in this case, about the little known Long Range Desert Group, the LRDG, the predecessor to Special Forces as we know them in the modern era.
The story is simple: the memoir of a LRDG lieutenant who is part of a mission to kill Field Marshall Rommel and thereby disrupt the Axis control of North Africa and its hold on oil assets in the Middle East during World War II. The characters are noteworthy: average men with simple vocations who rise above their commonality in extraordinary circumstances by committing themselves to a mission simply because it was their job. The prose is crisp and fast and the story moves quickly and with intensity.
That is the short of it: great story with great characters that is impossible to put down until you've finished the final page. Scrupulously researched like all Pressfield books and packed with the type of action that would draw viewers to the big screen in droves.Read more ›
The authoritative chronicle of military history is Pressfield's forte. In this book, he brings his considerable research and facile presentation style to the story of an unsung secret unit of the British Army, the Long Range Desert Group, whose mission is simple: find and kill the legendary commander of the German Afrika Korps, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. The story takes place in 1942, when Rommel and his Panzers have defeated the British Eighth Army and stand ready to capture Egypt, Suez, and the oilfields of Arabia.
The LRDG is sent to decapitate the Afrika Korps by killing its leader, a desperate bid to turn the tide of the war. The story is based on actual ops, but told from the point of view of a young Lieutenant, "Chap" Chapman, who has recently married his sweetheart before shipping out for the desert. His attempts to communicate with her and meet their new-born child provide welcome human interest relief from the unending tales of desert warfare.
Pressfield goes to great length to show the reader what combat is like, with extensive descriptions of tactics, weapons, and the skills necessary to survive in the brutal desert environment.Read more ›
Upon first hearing about the book, two things concerned me. First was the mission, assassinating Rommel, second was Rose, Chapman's wife.
I was aware, as are many people familiar with the desert war, that the British had indeed planned a mission to capture or kill Rommel but the mission came to naught. As the book was a work of fiction, I could accept that the LRDG would assist in such a mission.
Rose is Chapman's wife. I was worried that somehow Pressfield was going to have this signal expert be part of the patrol. If this thought has crossed your mind, you can breathe easy. Rose is simply the wife of the protagonist and is stationed in Egypt. This actually happened with some regularity during World War II. While Rose, is central to the development of Chapman's character she is not central to the mission. Her character is used to advance the story, principally through Chapman writing to and thinking about her.
The story itself is relayed to us through an unpublished memoir of a British officer (Chapman) who was attached ever so briefly to the LRDG in late 1942. If you are expecting a book similar to The Eagle as Landed, by Jack Higgins, you will be disappointed. Despite the title, the book`s central focus is not the mission to kill Rommel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent read from Mr. Pressfield. Right up there with Gates of Fire. He certainly knows the inner workings of men at war.Published 2 days ago by Shawn
Thoroughly enjoyable novel. You really get an insight of desert warfare and in particular of the brave men of the long range desert units.Published 1 month ago by Joy Hood
Like some other readers have stated in their reviews, I enjoy Pressfield's writing immensely, but this book took a bit to get started for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles J. Kader
Overall it was this is a good read if you want a first hand look of WWII's Africans campaign, specifically from the British Desert Rat's perspective. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ryan
Always admired the "Desert Fox" had no idea that he was forced to take his life, history well written.Published 5 months ago by Gratk
I really enjoy Pressfield's attention to detail and incredible research. This story was no exception. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Barazzuol
Have read the paperback and Kindle versions and I love the story and most of Pressfield's books and I agree with some reviews that the title is somewhat disingenuous. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve