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The Eagle's Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway (2021. Auflage)

von Jeff Shaara (Autor)

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Titel:The Eagle's Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway
Autoren:Jeff Shaara (Autor)
Info:Ballantine Books (2021), 352 pages
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A short novel about the events just before and during the Battle of Midway. Included a characters are Admiral Nagumo and Admiral Yamamoto from the Japanese Navy, a US military sergeant,a pilot, and an intelligence analyst. An unusual cast for a Midway novel, so we get a different perspective. It is great to get these different perspectives though, and told in novel form, it was an enjoyable read. It felt a little incomplete. As the author is telling us the story of the people, he deliberately goes light on technical details and historical facts, a little too much so, in my opinion. Definitely intended for people not already familiar with the Battle of Midway. ( )
  Karlstar | Sep 24, 2021 |
Jerr Shaara takes the facts of a complex battle and fills them in with narration and dialog that brings the Battle of Midway to life in The Eagle's Claw. I enjoyed the read and appreciate the additional follow-up factual information provided in the after-word.
  RonWelton | Jun 19, 2021 |
Shaara, Jeff. The Eagle’s Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway. Ballantine, 2021.
The Eagle’s Claw is Jeff Shaara’s latest historical novel on the major events of World War II. In many historical novels, fictional characters are placed on a historical stage to act out private dramas. The Eagle’s Claw is more a novelization of history than fiction in a historical setting. Most of his major characters are historical figures and fictional characters play a very minor role. Shaara creates imagined dialogue but does not stray, as far as I can tell, from actions in the historical record. The pace is quick and the action exciting and clearly described. We get a good sense of the conflict between the admirals in the field and their Washington bosses and of the difficulty a nonconforming code breaker had in selling his discoveries to all his superiors but Halsey and Nimitz. We also get a big picture of the Japanese strategy. The idea was to lure American aircraft carriers out from the relative safety of Pearl Harbor and take Midway as a forward operating base. But communication problems, exacerbated by Yamamoto’s imposition of radio silence on his fleet, let the American Navy out maneuver him. His decision to divide his forces in the name of security also proved disastrous. The Japanese Zero was a faster, more maneuverable plane than anything Americans had at the time, but superior American combat tactics prevailed. The most moving story in novel is of the sinking of the aircraft carrier Yorktown. If you like historical fiction, this one makes a quick beach read. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 17, 2021 |
Another out-of-the-park homerun for Shaara! The ultimate writer of readable war histories, the author adds another great book to his resume.
This time it's the WWII Battle of Midway. Told through the voices of people like the Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, to an American fighter pilot, from the American code-breakers to a salty Sergeant on Midway, Shaara uses a great cast of characters. Each one adds a piece to the whole, resulting in an epic story.
The action is fast-moving, non-stop, exciting, and compelling. I could not put this book down (as it seems with all of the author's books). It goes by way too quick.
I have now read books by the author on the Mexican War, the Civil War, WW2, and the Korean War. All were first-rate reads. I'm hoping that he lends his talents soon to the Vietnam War. There's a subject that he could really tell through various viewpoints. Fingers crossed!
Excellent, excellent book!
Thanks to the author and NetGalley for an advance reading copy of this great book! ( )
  1Randal | Mar 10, 2021 |
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