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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Shaara, Jeffrey M. Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randall | 2/8/2014

    " I have been led to expect little from Jeff Shaara, especially in comparison with his father's masterful "the Killer Angels". Having said that, I have read nearly all of his books because his approach to history is so accessible and it's a nice break from "real" history. I read Eugene Sledge's book and have some relatives who fought in the Pacific theater of WWII and so have some familiarity with that foul conflict. This book does the reality of the conflict great justice as it portrays a young Marine as he fights his way across Okinawa, losing his friends and, at one point, his sanity along the way. This accurate portrayal of conditions on the ground in Okinawa helps to understand the ethos of the Japanese defenders, the determination of the Marines, and underscores the massive differences in the value systems of both warrior systems. Neither side understood the cultural underpinnings of the other, and the brutality of the battle is the most basic distillation of the result. Jeff Shaara's best book, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harry | 1/1/2014

    " Jeff Shaara's recent novel The Final Storm (A Novel of the War in The Pacific) is more then just an Historical Novel, it is a Novel of History. A Novel of History being a story that centers around a real event that might include real life characters. While I haven't read the first three books of this series of World War II, I found this the final book in the series, to provide an immersing understanding of these world changing events. This book tells the story of the taking of Okinawa and the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Japan. Mr. Shaara does this wonderfully by giving the reader several vantage points of these historical moments. For example, he takes you into the minds and hearts of the commanders and leaders who must wrestle with the most difficult of decisions in conducting the war. His story also allows you to feel and touch the horrendous moments of a US Marine engaged in combat. Several haunting scenes crafted by the narrative will stay with me forever. A engaging story with memorable characters, that touched me and increased my appreciation, of all who have made incredible sacrifices in the defense of their country. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, especially military history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt Butler | 12/8/2013

    " Love this author and this was a great version of the Pacific. Some of the stuff those guys went through is un-real. The way Shaara writes gets you personally involved with the characters some are real and some he creates. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joefraz | 11/30/2013

    " Very boring in many respects. I wanted to reach through the pages and smack the main guy in the face. He was annoying as written. "

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