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Publisher's Summary

Jeff Shaara has enthralled readers and listeners with his New York Times best-selling novels set during the Civil War and the American Revolution. Here the acclaimed author turns to World War I, bringing to life the sweeping, emotional story of the war that devastated a generation and established America as a world power.
Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war.
In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace. Soaring high above the chaos on the ground, these solitary knights duel in the splendor and terror of the skies, their courage and steel tested with every flight.
As the conflict stretches into its third year, a neutral America is goaded into war, its reluctant president, Woodrow Wilson, finally accepting the repeated challenges to his stance of nonalignment. Yet the Americans are woefully unprepared and ill equipped to enter a war that has become worldwide in scope. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John "Blackjack" Pershing, and by mid-1917 the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force arrives in Europe. Encouraged by the bold spirit and strength of the untested Americans, the world waits to see if the tide of war can finally be turned.
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©2004 Jeffrey M. Shaara (P)2004 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"[Shaara] again displays his gift for portraying the intensely human side of warriors.... Shaara is at his best in describing scenes of battle.... First-rate storytelling." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By John E. Kelso on 09-19-08

A Solid Jeff Shaara effort

Seems to concentrate on the emergence of the airplane as a major weapon of war, but that could be a strength for folks who like stories which include the technology of warfare. Generally solidly written, and it is narrated with top-notch superb skill, so the book is well worth its price.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne on 01-22-09

To the Last Man

This Author is truly great. World War I is a period in history that many students of Baby Boomer age never covered fully in American History. This book was full of new information to me. I have since become much more interested in this period in our history.

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1 out of 5 stars
By DAMON on 11-27-12

Interesting Novel spoiled by basic continuity mist

As I have a great interest in the First World War I thought this novel was an interesting concept of storytelling using actual hisotircal characters, whilst the novel was bitty and disjointed in parts and missed out huge and pivotal historical events the main issue I have is the silly basic continuity mistakes that littered the book, the same lines of spoken text being repeated, this is unacceptable and should have been edited out. Given what each novel costs the listener it is a shabby way of presenting the novel.

This is becoming an increasing irritation with Audible books and greater care must be taken with editing.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By amanda on 06-14-11

now now now.

The book follows servral different people during WW1 and these people seem unconnected other than the fact they are fighting in the same war. Giving the book the feel of 3 seperate books. The writer has a brisk kind of sawn off style of writing, in which the sentances are made as short as possible, i quess to give a sence of urgency to the text, i felt however that made it sound like i was listerning to somebody reading a list. The author also finishes almost every second sentence with the word 'now' which is really really grating. Story, (stories) isnt bad though, the book looks at mainly the American's view of the war, which was mainly the last year of ww1. Sorry about my bad spelling.

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