The Steel Wave

  • by Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jeff Shaara, America's premier author of military historical fiction, brings us the centerpiece of his epic trilogy of the Second World War.General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe. On the coast of France, German commander Erwin Rommel fortifies and prepares for the coming invasion, acutely aware that he must bring all his skills to bear on a fight his side must win. But Rommel's greatest challenge is to strike the Allies on his front, while struggling behind the lines with the growing insanity of Adolf Hitler, who thwarts the strategies Rommel knows will succeed. Meanwhile, Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate - Omaha Beach.From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the war's most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and, ultimately, changed history.

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Refreshing personal look at Operation Overlord

What did you like most about The Steel Wave?

Once again I loved the relationship between Patton, Eisenhower, Monty and Churchill with fantastic performances of all four. The novel format makes the events of D-Day really accessible.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Steel Wave?

Probably the moment when Patton tried to help out by speaking at a voluntary group and put his put in it in the most disastrous way.


What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Again, I'd have to say to performances of the top four commanders so different in character, particularly Monty and Patton who are so so different.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the young American soldier in the amphibious assault was upsetting and thought provoking.


Any additional comments?

Am looking forward to listening to the final novel in the series.

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- Geoff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-08-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape