"No one writes better historical fiction than Steven Pressfield." — Vince Flynn
"The finest military writer alive, bar none." — Stephen Coonts
Praise for Steven Pressfield:
The Afghan Campaign
“Pressfield has done it again. The Afghan Campaign is gripping . . . an intense, fun, and thought-provoking read.” —Marine Corps Gazette
Tides of War
“Pressfield’s battlefield scenes rank with the most convincing ever written—you can almost feel the slash of sword on skin and sense the shattering mix of panic, bravery, blood lust, and despair." —USA Today
Gates of Fire
“Vivid and exciting . . . Pressfield gives the read a perspective no ancient historian offers, a soldier’s-eye view . . . remarkable.” —New York Times Book Review
In his first novel about modern times, Steven Pressfield spins a compelling fiction around legendary German field marshal Erwin Rommel and his would-be assassins. Targeting the famed"Desert Fox" is a British intelligence team that seeks to end his dominance of the North African desert battleground. Against the backdrop of this major war theater, "Chap" Chapman and brainy sexpot Rose McCall search for ways to terminate the masterful tank commander.
By thus combining the true history of the war with his novelistic imagination, Pressfield has produced a splendid tour de force, one that brings to life the heroism, sacrifice, tragedy, frustration, fear andyesthrill of war. It should not be missed by military-history buffs or by anyone who wants a moving reminder of the bravery, ingenuity and sacrifice that ordinary men are capable of when given a cause they believe in.
The Washington Post
After five novels about conflict in ancient times (Gates of War, etc.), Pressfield effortlessly gives fresh life to wartime romance and the rigors of combat in a superior WWII thriller. Framed as the memoir of a British officer, the book is based on an actual British plot to assassinate the "Desert Fox," German field marshal Erwin Rommel, during late 1942 and early 1943 in North Africa. The author painstakingly sets the stage for later fireworks by charting the prewar career of R. Lawrence "Chap" Chapman, especially his relationship with the brilliant but doomed Zachary Stein, Chap's tutor and mentor at Oxford. Chap also falls in love with sexy Rose McCall, whose brains and brass later get her posted to naval intelligence in Egypt. As a young lieutenant, Chap joins the team assembled to go after Rommel. Pressfield expertly juxtaposes the personal with the historical, with authentic battle descriptions. Crisp writing carries readers through success, failure and a final face-to-face encounter with Rommel that's no less exciting for knowing the outcome. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling author Pressfield (Gates of Fire) returns with this extremely well-researched and gripping work of historical fiction that takes the form of a British officer's memoir and tells of the plot by British special forces to assassinate German field marshal Erwin Rommel in World War II North Africa. Legendary stage and screen star Alfred Molina's superb narration will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. Highly recommended for any library.
Scott R. DiMarco
Based on real-life events, Pressfield's moving novel concerns the daring British and Commonwealth soldiers who challenged German General Erwin Rommel's desert forces. The story is narrated by R. Lawrence "Chap" Chapman, a minor player in the dramatic African action of World War II. As a very young British officer, barely out of his teens, the Oxford-educated Chapman was assigned to the Long Range Desert Group (LDRG), a glamorous and much sought-after posting in an outfit prizing resourcefulness and improvisation, qualities essential to surviving LDRG's ridiculously dangerous assignments. Rommel's forces in 1942 dominated Northern Africa west of Egypt. The brilliant general had the willing participation of troops, who were in awe both of his tactics and of his almost knightly approach to warfare. His success in Africa was a major obstacle to the Allied Forces who saw the coastline there as the first step to an invasion of Southern Europe. Even more dangerous, were he to take Egypt from the Brits, he would hand the Arabian oil fields to the fuel-starved Axis armies. To save Egypt, the oil fields and prevent an invasion, the Brits, under future Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, send the units of the LDRG, including the very green Chapman, on a wild mission to kill Rommel and, with him, the German esprit de guerre. The story Pressfield (The Afghan Campaign, 2007, etc.) tells is so rich in details that it is difficult to read without good maps at the elbow, and, given the conceit of a modest man telling the whopping story, it is sometimes slow going. But it's absolutely worth sticking with for the high-definition picture of a low tech (trucks get repaired in the middle of the dunes) butvicious war, and for the breathtaking gallantry of unpretentious young men and General Rommel. There is, as a lagniappe thrown in at the end, one of the best apologies ever written on behalf of novels as a necessary art form. Brilliant, but not for the Tom Clancy set.