Search Results: "Michael Shaara"


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THE BROKEN PLACE by Michael Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 1968

"One can appreciate Shaara's effort but the execution of his work is decidedly amateurish."
In several places in this first novel three of the major characters remark on the "unreality" of their circumstances. 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 >

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FOR LOVE OF THE GAME by Michael Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Shaara (the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels, 1974) writes in the morally uncluttered spare style of the genre: it's not The Natural or Shoeless Joe, but it stands above most staples on the sports-fiction racks."
An aging Rocky faces a midlife crisis—in a tightly crafted baseball novel about a great pitcher who ends his career while brooding about the woman he might lose. 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 FORTUNE TELLER’S DAUGHTER by Lila Shaara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2008

"Fortune favors this entertaining read."
Gripping fiction about a professor, a family of fortunetellers and a secret academic history. Read full book review >