It is Autumn,1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe and France has fallen. On the Eastern Front, Soviet Russia reels under the German onslaught. Across the channel, a beleaguered Britain struggles on in near-isolation. And in North Africa, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and his unstoppable Panzers have routed the Eighth Army and now ...Read MoreIt is Autumn,1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe and France has fallen. On the Eastern Front, Soviet Russia reels under the German onslaught. Across the channel, a beleaguered Britain struggles on in near-isolation. And in North Africa, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and his unstoppable Panzers have routed the Eighth Army and now threatens the vital oil fields of the Middle East. With the outcome of the war hanging in the balance, the British hatch a desperate plan - to send a small, heavily armed yet highly mobile force behind enemy lines to strike a blow that will stop the Afrika Korps in its tracks. It is to be called the Long Range Desert Group and its exploits will become the stuff of legend.Narrated by a young lieutenant, Steven Pressfield's bold new novel brings to life the ingenuity, agility and daring of this maverick commando unit. Describing in detail the tactics, the weaponry and the specialized skills needed for combat under extreme desert conditions, he captures too the camaraderie and courage of a disparate, dedicated 'band of brothers' who sacrificed so much for the sake of freedom. Combining historical authenticity with thrilling, explosive action, "Killing Rommel" confirms that we are in the company of a great storyteller - a master chronicler of the fighting man, whether amidst the mountain passes of ancient Greece or the scorching Saharan sands of a more recent world at war...Read Less
Pressfield again demonstrates his gifts as a historian with this military account of the Long Range Desert Groups. He shines as a novelist too with his gripping narrative.
Apr 12, 2008
I have read for enjoyment every single night for as long as I can remember. I am 58-years-old. I have read the classics as well as current fiction and non-fiction. I 'discovered' Steven Pressfield in 1998 with "Gates of Fire." Ten years later, I say with conviction that Mr. Pressfield is the master of historical fiction. That is saying a lot with the number of talented and critically acclaimed writers who offer us their work in this genre. I almost hate to admit it, but "Killing Rommel" is better than "Gates of Fire" and firmly establishes Mr. Pressfield at the top of the class. "Killing Rommel" is a fast-paced, page-turning adventure of the Long Range Desert Group LRDG and its mission to cut off the head of the snake, to kill Field Marshall Erwin Rommel the genius behind the German success in North Africa during WWII. You will not find a better tale of heroism during this critical engagement upon which the outcome of WWII potentially revolved. The characters are ordinary men who volunteer for extraordinary duty and rise to the challenge. You will not forget them, nor will you forget the LRDG. This is the stuff that legends are born from. Steven Pressfield has scored another triumph. Your time will be well spent with "Killing Rommel." If you are a Pressfield fan, you'll love this; if you are new to the Pressfield 'histories,' this will hook you and encourage you to read them all.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-04 After five novels about conflict in ancient times (Gates of War, etc.), Pressfield effortlessly gives fresh life to wartime romance and the rigors of combat in a superior WWII thriller. Framed as the memoir of a British officer, the book is based on an actual British plot to assassinate the "Desert Fox," German field marshal Erwin Rommel, during late 1942 and early 1943 in North Africa. The author painstakingly sets the stage for later fireworks by charting the prewar career of R. Lawrence "Chap" Chapman, especially his relationship with the brilliant but doomed Zachary Stein, Chap's tutor and mentor at Oxford. Chap also falls in love with sexy Rose McCall, whose brains and brass later get her posted to naval intelligence in Egypt. As a young lieutenant, Chap joins the team assembled to go after Rommel. Pressfield expertly juxtaposes the personal with the historical, with authentic battle descriptions. Crisp writing carries readers through success, failure and a final face-to-face encounter with Rommel that's no less exciting for knowing the outcome. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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