Book Review: The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately and decided to try something different. Not sure how I settled on historical fiction, but I’m glad I did and was able to discover The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara.

While the book is a novel, it is an historically accurate portrayal of events during World War II in the European and North African Theaters. The only license the author takes is some dialogue and internal dialogue within some of the characters. In his note to the readers at the front of the book, Shaara explains his approach to this and his previous historical novels. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview or detailed exploration of events, Shaara looks at them through the eyes of some of the key participants, both large and small. Main characters include General Dwight Eisenhower, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Omar Bradley, General George Patton, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler, Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, and several others, including enlisted men and lower level officers in the U.S. Army.

The Rising Tide is a fascinating read and it has sparked my interest to read more about “The Great War,” and the characters who participated in the defining events of the 20th century. Five Stars.