The Final Storm

The Final Storm

A Novel of the War in the Pacific

Book - 2011
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The Final Storm opens a new front in Jeff Shaara's gripping chronicle of World War II as soldiers, sailors, and marines sacrifice all for one final push toward decisive victory in the fierce maelstrom of the Pacific theater.

As the war in Europe winds down in the wake of the Normandy invasion, the United States has turned its vast military resources toward an all-out effort against the Japanese. In the spring of 1945, Japan's empire has been pressed slowly back toward its home islands, and the Americans mount a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan itself--the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire war, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender.

With a narrative dexterity befitting his status as a master storyteller, Shaara relates the story of the struggle for Okinawa through the eyes of combatants on both sides: Private Clay Adams, a young marine whose brother Jesse has already earned his share of glory as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in Europe; Admiral Chester Nimitz, who must unite rival army and marine commanders into a cooperative effort; General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., the American ground commander trying to live up to the legacy of his father, who led Confederate troops during the Civil War; and General Mitsura Ushijima, the Japanese general in charge of defending the island, who understands what Tokyo will not believe: that his own fight to the death will only delay the inevitable--as the Americans continue their advance toward the home islands and ultimate victory.

With the fights raging across the Pacific, a different kind of campaign is being waged in extraordinary secrecy: the development of a weapon so powerful, not even the scientists who build it know just what they are about to unleash. Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of the finest bomber pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps, is selected to lead the mission to drop the horrific new weapon on a Japanese city. As the new president, Harry S Truman, mulls his options, and a Japanese physician named Okiro Hamishita cares for patients at a clinic near the city of Hiroshima, citizens on the home front await the day of reckoning that everyone knows is coming.

A fitting conclusion to one of the most riveting sagas in military fiction, The Final Storm illuminates the heroism and sacrifice that defined the war in the Pacific, bringing the conflict to life as only Jeff Shaara can.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345497949
Branch Call Number: SHAA
Characteristics: xxix, 446 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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rp3276
Jul 10, 2017

A great Novel of Historical fiction of the Second World War.

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erfar
Jan 26, 2016

Perhaps the weakest of this tour de force trilogy, but it continues Shaara's unparalleled ability to tell the historical tale from the experiences of a selected few protagonists. A wonderful series.

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KGerryH
Jul 09, 2012

I'm a big fan of Shaara, but this one felt like he mailed it in. It took way too many pages to cover a short segment of the war in the Pacific.

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lukeooo2
Aug 29, 2011

great fictional historic book about war I recomend for war book lovers

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Keogh
Aug 08, 2011

Shaara finishes his series of World War Two books on a high note, writing about the Battle of Okinawa and the sheer horrors of that time, and ending with the Hiroshima bombing and the conclusion of the war. He has a vivid, powerful way of writing that really draws the reader in, using multiple points of view, from Marines on the ground to Japanese commanders and doctors to the American President, high commanders, and the crew of the Enola Gay. A moving, magnificent novel.

debwalker May 10, 2011

"Jeff Shaara's novel, The Final Storm, is about destruction on an almost unfathomable scale. The Final Storm chronicles the Pacific campaign during World War II; it's the fourth in Shaara's series about the war and works both as a standalone novel and as the conclusion to that series. There are no post-modern literary tricks here; instead, Shaara is a master — in the Herman Wouk, Kenneth Roberts mode — of the kind of character-driven, plot-heavy page-turner that most of us think of when we think "historical novel."

In his introduction, Shaara reminds us of some of the staggering numbers of the Pacific Campaign: the two-week assault on Saipan resulted in 14,000 American deaths; Iwo Jima, 26,000 American casualties and only 300 Japanese prisoners taken alive out of the 20,000 defending the island. The Final Storm is a vivid literary addition to films like Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers — all of which underscore the peculiar brutalities and sometimes under-recognized sacrifices of the War in the Pacific"
Maureen Corrigan
NPR

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lukeooo2 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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