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Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe, France has fallen, Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East. With the outcome of the war hanging in the balance, the British hatch a desperate plan: send a small, highly mobile, and heavily armed force behind German lines to strike the blow that will stop the Afrika Korps in its tracks.Steven Pressfield brings to life the flair, agility, and daring of this extraordinary historical commando unit, the Long Range Desert Group. He describes in detail the tactics, weaponry, and specialized skills needed for combat under extreme desert conditions. He captures, too, the camaraderie of this "band of brothers" as they perform the acts of courage and cunning crucial to the Allies' victory in North Africa. As in his acclaimed earlier novels, Pressfield combines historical accuracy and edge-of-your-seat battle scenes to create riveting fiction.
©2008 Steven Pressfield; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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"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." (Publishers Weekly)
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By James on 07-09-08

Killing Rommel

I have never read/listened to this author. I decided to give it a try and would like to say it was an excellent book. I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like WWII action type of stories. I thought the ending was super.

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By Mark Patterson on 11-19-08

Humble Hero

"Killing Rommel" presents a straightforward personal account of one limited-scale special operations campaign in North Africa during WWII, written in the style of a memoir. Mr. Pressfield presents the unassuming courage and emotional conflicts of one man in a way that enlightens without seeming overbearing. He also portrays perfectly the true randomness of armed conflict. The pacing was just right and the Kiwi, British and German characters were believable. This is a great listen if you are looking for inspiration in the face of trying circumstances.

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By Paul on 05-31-11

Should be called "Oh Look It's Rommel"

I am not going to be negative about this book. It is an excellent tale, but the title is a little confusing.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this is about killing Rommel. It really isn't, Rommel is merely a side issue in this book.
It is however a cracking yarn of endurance in the desert and the mentality of those involved in the North Africa campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I was waiting for a showdown with Rommel.... and in that regard I was disappointed.

Molina initially seemed an odd choice for narration of this book. But his English accent is brilliant, he pulls it off where American actors normally can't.

A good book, excellently narrated, but badly titled. It would be like the 'Wizard of Oz' being renamed 'Housebuilding in Kansas'.

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By Ben on 02-20-10

Gripping and profound

This is an exceptional work. A strong favourite of mine, I?m not prone to my emotions but this work was deeply affecting. It is a reminder of the courage of my grandparent's generation. With little exception the actions of the characters described in this book are true and put a lump in my throat even now.

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By Attila on 10-14-16

Ok wwii action driven story

This was ok, nothing amazing but it passed the time.. Something small and petty but the reader gets the New Zealand voices wrong and he does just Australian instead. At times this got very annoying due to the largely New Zealand cast incorrectly represented as they sound like a mix of Crocodile Dundee and the Crocodile Hunter. However if you enjoy the North African theatre of wwii you will get some enjoyment from this. People with hardly an interest may get board as the story gets into the desert.

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