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The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

May 28, 2009

Author: Shaara, Jeff

Title: The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 493 p.

Geographical Setting: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France

Time Period: January through October of 1944

Plot Summary: The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II is an account of the D-Day, the Allied invasion of Northern France. This is the second book in Shaara’s World War II compelling historical fiction trilogy. Laced with historical figures and invented dialogue, this work of fiction is well researched and gripping. There are various points of view; starting from political leaders all the way down to soldiers risking their lives on the battlefield. These political figures include Dwight Eisenhower, Erwin Rommel, and Winston Churchill. Shaara especially makes the encounters of the soldiers on the battleground feel genuine and first hand. He delves into the details of the uncertainness of war and the various plans which went wrong. Confusion governed most of what occurred on the battlefield and the reader has a true sense of the experience. This novel reads quickly and is packed with intense action and conflict.

Subject Headings: World War II, Nazis, Military History, Politics, Historical Fiction, United States – History, France – History, Germany – History, Military Life, Adolf Hitler, Dwight Eisenhower, Erwin Rommel, Invasion of Normandy

Appeal: engrossing, compelling, characters are closely observed, multiple points of view, characters are well developed, historical details, political, issue oriented, complex, dramatic, layered, engaging

Three Words to Best Describe the Book: historical, engrossing, and complex

Similar Authors and Works:

Bernard Cornwell, Battle Flag, a work of historical fiction taking the reader into the Civil War. It is a compelling military story with a character driven plot; the third book in the Starbuck Chronicles.

Ross Leckie’s Hannibal, presents a fictional account of ancient military history. It presents the story of Hannibal and his attempt to take over Rome. It is written as memoir.

Mary Renault’s Fire From Heaven is a fictional work on the early life of Alexander the Great. This historical novel is biographical and is a tale of development and betrayal.

Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors:

Adolf Galland’s The First and the Last: The German Fighter Force in World War II. This is an autobiography from the point of view of a German general.

Marianna Torgovnick’s The war complex: World War II in Our Time, examines how the events of World War II became ingrained in American’s cultural memories. Taken from a psychological and sociological point of view, discussed how American are affected by wars.

Thomas Childers’ Soldier From the War returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming From World War II. Childers addresses the aftermath of soldiers returning home from World War II particularly focusing on the hardships which were faced upon return.

Marta Siuba