Killing Rommel: A Novel
Doubleday, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
teven Pressfield, the author of five historical novels of war, again presents his myriad of fans with another gripping account of military action, this time the African campaign during World War II.
ield Marshall Erwin Rommel was an elusive adversary for the allied forces to pin down, spending almost every night in a different post. A British contingent, given the task of killing the
, endured inhuman conditions and deprivations that seem impossible for anyone – on either side – to survive. The desert itself proved to be an enemy with little mercy for the men (and their equipment) struggling to achieve this challenging goal.
ressfield has taken the facts of this campaign and created personalities of the men engaged in a fight for their very lives. He chronicles their bonding over extreme conditions that tested their very mettle. Their concern for each other grew to make them operate almost as one entity. Several encounters with the enemy showed a mercy that I would like to think exists in any war. To give succor to someone you have been trying to kill and who is trying to kill you is beyond the bounds of understanding - and yet shows hope for the world in general.
to the historical warfare buff as a
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