Search Results: "Jeff Shaara"


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THE FROZEN HOURS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Brilliant, thoroughly readable historical fiction."
In the bitter cold winter of 1950, in the middle of the Korean War, hell froze over for Gen. O.P. Smith as his 1st Marine Division led MacArthur's push to the Yalu River at the China-Korea border. Read full book review >

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GODS AND GENERALS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Still, Sharra's wonderful command of detail and his generally shrewd depiction of character make for an impressive debut. (Author tour)"
First-time author Sharra comes of a distinguished lineage: His father, Michael (who died in 1988), wrote the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Killer Angels (1974) about the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. Read full book review >

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A CHAIN OF THUNDER by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013

"A sesquicentennial series volume worth a Civil War buff's attention."
Shaara (A Blaze of Glory, 2012, etc.) continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War, offering here an account of the siege of Vicksburg. Read full book review >

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A BLAZE OF GLORY by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2012

"The particulars of the battle have been meticulously researched and rendered; what's missing is a vision that would transcend them."
War novelist Shaara returns with this first of a projected trilogy about the Civil War west of the Appalachians. Read full book review >

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GONE FOR SOLDIERS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Another fine historical novel from a new master of the genre."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Shaara's son (who followed his late father's classic The Killer Angels with his own Civil War-set Gods and Generals, 1996, and The Last Full Measure, 1998) moves into new historical territory with this impressive fictional account of the comparatively lesser-known Mexican War (1846-48). Read full book review >

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THE GLORIOUS CAUSE by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"What could have been a good, readable history fails through poor fictionalization."
Not so much glorious as tedious, even with all the shooting going on. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Shaara's admittedly impressive command of the details serves less to illuminate a titanic struggle than to keep readers comfortably at a distance."
Military novelist turns to WWI and fits its sprawling destruction into his usual flat template. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Likely to appeal to younger readers, but World War II buffs and adult fans of historical fiction will expect more."
The first in a World War II trilogy forms a weak foundation for the series. Read full book review >

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

Concluding volume of the Shaara family's lightly fictionalized chronicle of the Civil War, one of the more unusual (and successful) recent projects in publishing. Read full book review >

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RISE TO REBELLION by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"The first of two volumes. One hopes Shaara will take more time with its successor, and produce a novel that compares more favorably with the best of its predecessors."
A disappointing chronicle of the beginnings (1770-76) of the American Revolutionary War: the fourth blockbuster historical in only five years from the hard-working author of Gods and Generals (1996), The Last Full Measure (1998), and Gone for Soldiers (2000). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 6, 1974

"A strong, spirited, bloody book, equal to its subject."
A gripping novel about the four days of the battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels is alive with noble figures and moves through its fated courses in a prose both simple and epic. Read full book review >

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THE HERALD by Michael Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1981

"Smoothly written—but stuck in a no-man's-land somewhere between science fiction (or disaster-thriller) and serious fable."
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Killer Angels: a sort of doomsday fairy tale—occasionally poetic but mostly just implausible and stereotype-bound. Read full book review >