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Pearl Harbor
     

Pearl Harbor

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by Randall Wallace
 

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Pearl Harbor is a beautifully written and suspenseful epic saga of love and war. Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are two daring young pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who have grown up like brothers and first learned to fly in crop-dusting planes. Rafe has fallen in love with Evelyn Stewart, a beautiful and courageous nurse serving in the U.S. Navy. But they are soon

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Pearl Harbor is a beautifully written and suspenseful epic saga of love and war. Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are two daring young pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who have grown up like brothers and first learned to fly in crop-dusting planes. Rafe has fallen in love with Evelyn Stewart, a beautiful and courageous nurse serving in the U.S. Navy. But they are soon separated by war when Rafe volunteers for the Eagle Squadron, a group of Americans fighting alongside the English during the Battle of Britain. With the solemn promise that he will return, Rafe heads off for the deadly skies above the English Channel, while both Evelyn and Danny are transferred to the paradise of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. Their Eden is shattered, however, when word reaches them in the Pacific that Rafe has been killed in combat. Grief-stricken, they hold fast to each other for support, and ultimately fall in love. Then Rafe returns....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786890057
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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Pearl Harbor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Harbor is about two men in the Navy, during the time of World War II, December 7, 1941. The guys¿ names are Danny Walker and Rafe McCawley, they grew up together like brothers in Tennessee. During the time of their service to the United States they are pilots in the Air Corps. Rafe falls love with Evelyn Stewart, which is a little hott U.S. Navy nurse. When bloods shed across seas begins, Rafe decides that he should leave his new love and his best friend to going Europe¿s fight. Promising to Evelyn and Danny that he will return. While Rafe is fighting in airplanes over the English Channel, Danny and Evelyn are transferred to Hawaii for Duties in the force. After being based camp in Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor is attacked and bombed by the ¿Japs.¿ Pearl Harbor is a tale of surprise, defeat, heroic victory, and love. I would recommend this book to any and everybody that asks or thinks about reading it. If I enjoyed this book I think anybody would because I despise reading a lot. This book not only is a story about surprise, defeat, victory, and love, it also tells a great deal on how tragic and devastating the bombing of Pearl Harbor actually was. It also gives us a good feeling on how life was during the time in the Navy at the times of World War II.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book, and the movie matches it perfectly. (Not just because my hottie and Going-to-be-husband Josh is in it!) You will love it, cover-to-cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believed that this was a great book. It had both history and romance. It has the history of Pearl Harbor and the horrific things that happened. It includes detailed writing of the fighting, the bombing, the airflying etc; furthermore, it had a romance between two bestfriends and a woman. It's a romance that almost breaks up a friendship but in the end brings everyone together. I also liked this book because you went through a emotional rollercoaster. You were happy with the actions that were happening, then you became mad, and lastly a very tragic thing happens that makes you feel sad. This book is great because you can't have a favorite character, they all have something about them that makes you like them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big WW2 history fanatic, and I've seen the movie Pearl Harbor many times. (Not JUST because Josh Harnett, my future husband, is in it!) This book gave details in words, and really made me feel that I was with them in 1941. This book is about friendship, love, and tragedy, and definately one of the best books I've read. READ THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the book A million times and never get tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Pearl Harbor was a great book!! I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in 1 week! I finish it so fast that I didn't remeber exactly what happened in the begining of the book so I read most of it again. Honestly I can't decide if the book or the movie was better. I would recomend the book to everybody who is, or isn't, into history. I wasn't into histroy untill I read this book. The book describes, more in detail, what the movie shows. This is a book that I think everyone should read. There are many good books about Pearl Harbor out in stores, but I think that this is one of the best ones because it is what the movie is based off of and it tells true stories about World War 2. I would give the movie 5 stars too! This book includes a relationship with two best friends, a relationship between two guys and a nurse that works for the Navy, and World War 2. I really liked the book and I hope that after reading my review that you will want to buy the book and the movie like I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It has everything! heroic victory, unfailing love, action. So does the movie. The movie downplays the book. The movie is great. I got it for christmas last year, and, it's great. Seen it 5 times since the orginal release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested about the events at Pearl Harbor or would like to read a really amazing story about friendship and love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Harbor is historically written as a history foretelling story about the innocence of Rafe's and Danny's young childhood lives. Also, they both dreamt of becoming wing pilots. When Rafe and Danny are older, they decided to assign in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. The Infamy began when Japanese pilots attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Commander Jimmy Doolittle along with the young Pilots Rafe, Danny and other U.S. Navy pilots flew their B-25 planes over Japan and Tokyo to conquer and defeat. Rafe, Danny and the pilots achieved victory as heroes. Danny gave a love poem that he wrote to Evelyn. And she read it. It says: I soared above the song birds. And never heard them sing. I lived my life in winter. And then you brought the spring. This is an Unfailing Love Shining Through Poem. Pearl Harbor is about innocence, catastropic infamy, invincibility and unforgettable love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book filled with thrill, romance, sadness, and friendship. The way they mixed the friendship of Danny and Rafe with the love of Rafe and Evelyn to the real life story of Pearl Harbor was amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly advise readers to sit dow and read this awsome incredible story of two young pilots in the air corps when bombs drop at Pearl Harbor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a screenplay of Pearl Harbor in novel form. It varies from the movie slightly, but I still loved it. i read it three times in 5 days. It lests you imagination run wild, even after you've seen the movie. This book gets 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rafe McCawly and Danny Walker grew up together as brothers during the GREAT DEPRESSION, dreaming of being fighter pilots in World War 1. 12 years later...1942 they are the best in their squadron, and incredibly cocky. Rafe is being sent to an airforce quarters for Americans in Great Britian. Danny can't believe it, and neither can Evelyn, a nurse and Rafe's love. He goes away promising his return. In one second everything changes for the worst and another twist comes about & things get complicated. If I say more than that, I would give away the whole story. All I can say is that these changes will forever alter the lives of Rafe, Danny, and Evelyn. I loved the movie and enjoyed the book. Rafe and Danny's connection is heartbreaking and so is the connection that the three of them share. I totally recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I also saw the film and enjoyed it (the reason I bought the book!) Ok, the facts may be a little shy, but when I read a book or watch a film, I want to be ENTERTAINED and both the book and the film certainly did that! My mother was stationed on an air base in England during the war and the story of the two young pilots made her weep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book, I'd definately recommend it. The plot is decent and it is rather entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was amazing! It brought me in and made me feel as though I was actually there and wouldn't let go until I was completely finished! It was amazing! I couldn't put it down! I definately recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting, and I thought it was excellent. I also watched the movie, which was the reason I went to buy the book. The action part of the book, where the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, was heartbreaking; it felt so real while I read it. I could picture everything that happened. I thought the romance that the author weaved throughout the book made it more real in my mind. It allowed me to really care about the characters and feel what they were going through just by being there with them. I do not blame Evelyn at all for what happened. Under the circumstances, it was so right. Danny and Rafe were wonderful people and I thought she handled herself well with them. Of course I always cry at the end. I hope you pick up this book whether you have seen the movie or not. It was truly an inspirational insight to what really happened at Pearl Harbor almost 80 years ago, and guarantees that it will never be forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I found the historical aspects of Pearl Harbor interesting, the fictional love story was boring and predictable. I felt the characters were not true to life, not believable, not like anyone you would ever encounter in real life; that almost ruined the book for me. The book's salvation, however, was the dipiction of the attack, the war intelligence, the Japanese feelings towards war, etc., which was really the only thing that kept me reading. I would not recommend this book to adults over the age of 30.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I finished it within a week and I would've been able to finish it in a day. But I wanted to keep the action going on in my mind. I saw the movie as well and I think that the book was better. Of course, in most cases, events that occur in the book don't show up in the movie. Wallace writes about this historic event and the love story intertwined with excellence. Definitely read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attacked this book in two waves (Days) and enjoyed the story because I've been a complete fanatic about World War 2 since playing with my army men as a small child. The early forties was a very interesting era to live in, not that I have (I'm only 31), but have learned as much from movies and books I've read. It was a time of innocense. The attack on Pearl Harbor jolted America and left us stunned. The book is actually a very easy read and flows quickly as the upcoming movie tie-in. The characters, Rafe, Danny, and Evelyn find themselves entangled in a lovers triangle while war breaks out, throwing all of them in conflict. Wallace's descriptions of the attack were very detailed and stayed true to historic form. The reader will get an idea of what truly happened that tragic day on Dec. 7 of 1941. The Japanese were ruthless as they destroyed the American battleships and their crews, laying waste to everything in their sights. This entire scene will be displayed even better in the movie - a complete success for Director Jerry Bruckheimer. While I liked this book, and had great fun reading about this infamous event, I was bothered by some of the actions by the main characters. Without ruining the story for anyone, I can just say this: Evelyn, you could have handled yourself better when falling in love with two men who were best friends. You acted like a pro in the hospital after the attack but turned to jelly when trying to explain your feelings to Rafe and Danny. Plus, you were going to marry Rafe but latched onto Danny just after 3 months? Out with the old, in with the new. Therefore, I was a bit disappointed with the book's ending, although the part about Doolittle's Raid was awesome. I think Rafe should have left Evelyn once he returned from his mission. Anyway, like I mentioned above, I truly enjoyed this book for the historic reasons, not for the romantic twist the author used. I think Ben Afflec will portray Rafe perfectly. I'd like to see a lot of teens read this book because they should know what happened at Pearl Harbor and why America was thrust into World War Two. History is important!