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Killing Rommel: A Novel    by Steven Pressfield Amazon.com order for
Killing Rommel
by Steven Pressfield
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Doubleday, 2008 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Steven 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.

Field 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 Desert Fox, 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.

Pressfield 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.

I highly recommend Killing Rommel to the historical warfare buff as a must read.

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