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Pearl Harbor Movie Tie-In [Mass Market Paperback]

Randall Wallace
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May 1 2001
Pearl Harbor is a beautifully written and suspenseful epic saga of love and war. Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are two daring young pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps who have grown up like brothers and first learned to fly in crop-dusting planes. Rafe has fallen in love with Evelyn Stewart, a beautiful and courageous nurse serving in the U.S. Navy. But they are soon separated by war when Rafe volunteers for the Eagle Squadron, a group of Americans fighting alongside the English during the Battle of Britain. With the solemn promise that he will return, Rafe heads off for the deadly skies above the English Channel, while both Evelyn and Danny are transferred to the paradise of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. Their Eden is shattered, however, when word reaches them in the Pacific that Rafe has been killed in combat. Grief-stricken, they hold fast to each other for support, and ultimately fall in love. Then Rafe returns....

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This is another instance when the book (this time the audiobook) is superior to the movie. That's because even though the book is obviously devoid of the multimillion-dollar visuals found in the movie, Barrett Whitener's performance is marked by explicit imagery. (Still, having seen the movie first, one can't help picturing Ben Affleck in the starring role.) Here is the whole Pearl Harbor attack story with a love triangle as a backdrop. Whitener delivers a professional and exciting performance as we follow two friends through boyhood, flight training, the attack, and finally, the famous Doolittle raid on Tokyo. Come to think of it, it's better to have seen the movie first because Whitener's clear and precise reading makes the audio a pleasant surprise. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great screen-play! June 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most people don't know this, but the book, "Pearl Harbor," by Randall Wallace was the original screen-play of the motion picture. Needless to say, it's not just any old novelization--It's the original! If you liked the movie, you owe it to yourself to sit down with this book and read it. Wallace's writing style makes the story very rivetting and keeps the reader in constant anticipation.
Some people say the love story was a bit excessive and far-fetched. I agree. However, it does not take away from the extravagancy of the story of the bombing of Pearl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peal Harbor May 29 2003
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The book Peal Harbor is a great Inspirational and meaningful story that I've ever read in which the story touched me deeply. It is a story that follows Rafe and Danny from their child hood in Tennessee through there courageous battles. The suspense of the story is unbelievable. Rafe has trouble reading and spelling but the bond between the tows of them prevails over all. Later in the story Rafe goes to war will he make it out alive or will the battle over seas take his life? This book is also an action filled story, from the battles over sea, to the dreadful battle in our very own Pearl Harbor, and the bombing over Japan. This is a great book that teaches you how war can effect you and what it does to people in war or some how connected to it. This is the best historical fiction book that I've ever read.
By: Chris M.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmm.. May 26 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed the movie, Pearl Harbor, and expected to find the book just as entertaining. Randall Wallace's imagination is amazing, but way the words were written and formed brought down my overall liking for the book. Pearl Harbor had a wonderful plot and story, but would've been far better if not for the lack of vocabulary and word usage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Man May 7 2002
By Robert
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i have just finished reading this book it was awesome alot more detaled then the movie. if your are interested in history with a little "KICK" then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Man May 7 2002
By Robert
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i have just finished reading this book it was awesome alot more detaled then the movie. if your are interested in history with a little "KICK" then this is the book for you.
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By denton
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on the war at Pearl Harbor during the Second World War, the author set the scene of two childhood best friends, Rafe and Danny, who share the same interest and both have a dream of becoming an American Army Air Corps pilot. Their dream does come true and they both join the air force, and that is when Rafe falls in love with a nurse, and so does Danny. Due to his loyalty towards his friend, Danny never expresses his feeling. However, when Rafe signs up for a mission and get lost somehow, since he is asked to take care of the nurse for Rafe, Danny and the nurse, Evelyn, finally they get together. Everything seems fine, until the return of Rafe, which brings out the problems between the three of them. It is interesting to read and know how they deal with the fact that the two best friends falls in love with the same woman. At this time the author leads in the war which kind of cool down the tension between the three of them but while they both volunteer to join the mission to fight back, it is definitely risking their life. This decision had forever changed the fate of the three of them.
By the involvement of the war, the author skillfully provides a gap when it actually reach the climax, which is the dilemma of the love between the three of characters, but by that the author leads the reader into another climax. With lots of description and the use of simple language, the author did a great job on publishing a book with no age limit. With a great entry and a surprising ending, this book, overall, is a well-written novel, and a good script for movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!!!!!! Feb. 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I Think it was i great movie and i bet the book is better because the book is always better then the movie!!!!
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PEARL HARBOR is a truly remarkable novel! It makes you feel the pains, the emotions, and the sadness of that terrible day when our nation went from peace time to war time. It is also more historically accurate than the film version, even though the film is still the best film of 2001. An exceptional read! Almost ranks up there with the Shaaras' Civil War Novels (THE KILLER ANGELS, GODS AND GENERALS, THE LAST FULL MEASURE, and GONE FOR SOLDIERS). You won't be disappointed! Grade: A+
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