The Rising Tide
Exciting History told by a Master Storyteller!
This novel of the Second World War by Jeff Shaara follows in the train of his other historical novels. It is exciting and gripping - definite page-turner! Shaara excels in endeavouring to be historically accurate in all his novels and this book is
This novel of the Second World War by Jeff Shaara follows in the train of his other historical novels. It is exciting and gripping - definite page-turner! Shaara excels in endeavouring to be historically accurate in all his novels and this book is no exception though, of course, he weaves into the story all the drama of the battlefield and the clashes between the competing personalities. We see Rommel, after many victories, whilst suffering from debilitating sickness refusing to admit defeat though drivien back by the Allies; we follow Eisenhower as he endeavours to placate the various military commanders such as George Patton, Mark Clark, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, and at the same time respond to the demands of both Churchill and Roosevelt for immediate action. We move with the allied tanks as they battle it out with Germany's new tanks and their dreaded 'eighty-eights' in their effort to drive into Tunisia and eliminate Hitler's hold in North Africa. The swirling dust and the broken and burning bodies and machines bring to life the battles not only for victory but survival.
We journey with the paratroopers as they are dropped in the dark into Sicily, and not only feel the emotion and apprehensions experienced by these men dropping from the skies into the unknown but note their total dedication and utter bravery. In many ways the drop is not a success. The men are widely scattered. With only small groups and insufficient arms they are unable to achieve their targets. They face annihilation and are saved only by the guns of the navy. Sicily is taken and the armies move into Italy.
Shaara has a wonderful skill in presenting the major and minor characters in this drama. No man is perfect and many opportunities are lost by a man's weakness, yet Shaara deals with these episodes of weakness as part of the evolution of a man's growth and experience in warfare. Patton was a brilliant commander yet like the other commanders he had his faults and foibles. He judged others too much by his own standards so that when he came across a sick soldier in hospital, who had no physical injuries, he lost his temper, slapped him, drew his pistol and threatened to shoot him. We are left wondering what might have happened if Patton had not been restrained. It was one fault that could not be forgotten: Patton suffered for this throughout the rest of his career.
A wonderfully satisfying novel.