The Final Storm

The Final Storm

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011-05-17
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York: Books on Tape, 2011-05-17.
ISBN: 9780307912138
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook Overdrive

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Apr 17, 2019

This book on tape is one my favorite novels by Jeff Shaara. His portrayal of the Second World War in the Pacific is very close in depth of detail as his father's (Michael Shaara) portrayal of the American Civil War in the "Killer Angels." Jeff Shaara's novel is only enhanced by the interviews with living veterans and the in-depth research he did on the atomic bomb and the Battle of Okinawa. I would recommend this book for a range of people, from the average casual historian to the history buff. I found it particularly touching as it shown a light on my grandfather's own war experiences, and sometimes I feel that the Pacific Theater is neglected in the media. Shaara does a good job of showing the battle from both perspectives, mainly from the point of view on the Japanese side of Colonel Hiromichi Yahara, the IJA's chief strategic office on the island. Colonel Yahara was also responsible for penning his own recollections of the battle in the 1970s and is cited as a primary source for the novel. I would warn the more sensitive readers in the way that I warned them on Shaara's Korean War Novel "The Frozen Hours" in that Shaara keeps close to the parlance of the time, which includes the use of racially charged language to describe the enemy.


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