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Pearl Harbor Movie Tie-In Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786890053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,062,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Danny Walker could still smell the sweet scent of the pine wood where Rafe McCawley had bored two holes through the nail keg and run a rope between them, to tie around their waists like a seat belt. Read the first page
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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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OK, I just finished listening to the audio version, and I will say this: "Pearl Harbor" is not bad. But there's nothing great about it either.
It is a love story set, obviously, at the dawn of America's entry into WW II. But it also the story of two best friends who get separated when one volunteers to help the British fight the Germans. The remaining friend and the girlfriend then strike up their own friendship, which becomes complicated when the volunteer returns to the US. When he finds out what's gone on, well...let's just say the war isn't the only fighting that occurs! And, oh yeah, right about this time the Japanese decide to attack the US, further complicating matters for the trio!
Overall, this was a decent book. However, I have read a few other historical fiction works recently ("The Gates of Fire," "Rise to Rebellion"), and there is a definite drop-off in quality between those works and this one. Again, "Pearl Harbor" isn't bad, but I was left with the feeling that it could have been much better.
Three stars.
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By A Customer on June 1 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To put it bluntly, this is NOT a good book. With such a shattering event for a centerpiece, I would think that any writer worth his salt would strive to create a story that would honor the sacrifices made on that day. Such is not the case here. This is sophomoric drivel at its worst - one gets more story out of the ingredient list on a box of "Froot Loops!"
Yes, I know that this is a "work" of fiction (certainly the wonky history in there qualified as "fiction"), but it is most certainly BAD fiction. Plot development? None. Character development? None. This reads as if it were written by a hormonally-imbalanced high school student. Any story so infested with so many instances of deus ex machina is poorly conceived, poorly constructed and poorly written. (What editor let this one get out the door?) When Rafe suddenly returns from a watery grave only to find that his best girl has finally fallen for his blood brother, with the highly improbable (and under-explored) story of his rescue, the contrivance had me laughing out loud! This "love triangle" is obtuse, indeed.
The dialogue here is stilted, artificial and shallow. I suppose that since the characters are so one-dimensional, this droning is to be expected. These are not characters, they are caricatures. They are cartoon buffoons spouting cliches.
Forget, for a moment, the historical inaccuracies. This book fails even to offer a good fictionalized account of the events in the early stages of the war. (I will give credit to Wallace for the story of the mess steward, though. Most of that was true - and I suggest that you read the details of his story if you want something with substance.) It isn't even a decent "love" story.
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By BarbaraLyn on May 28 2001
Format: Audio CD
TITLE: Pearl Harbor AUTHOR: Randall Wallace PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
BOOK REVIEW: The story was well-written and related to people growing up in the depression who were scarred by the events of World War I. The main characters were young boys when the story opened. They were the best of pals – like brothers. Each grew up to become aviators in the United States Army Air Corps. They always helped and watched over each other as the events of their lives led up to Pearl Harbor where they fell in love with the same woman.
Mr. Wallace’s story was historically incorrect in two areas. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, remained on his Flag Ship in the Sea of Japan rather than with the fleet attacking Pearl Harbor. The other incorrect historical reference was that the United States did NOT declare war on the Third Reich at the same time as Japan but rather this event occurred three days later.
I would recommend this book for people who enjoy historical love stories. Jay O. Sanders was an excellent reader who held my interest and I finished the book in two days.
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