NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In a “riveting” (Booklist) tale that picks up where To Wake the Giant left off, Jeff Shaara transports us to the Battle of Midway in another masterpiece of military historical fiction.
Spring 1942. The United States is reeling from the blow the Japanese inflicted at Pearl Harbor. But the Americans are determined to turn the tide. The key comes from Commander Joe Rochefort, a little known “code breaker” who cracks the Japanese military encryption. With Rochefort’s astonishing discovery, Admiral Chester Nimitz will know precisely what the Japanese are planning.
But the battle to counter those plans must still be fought.
From the American side, the shocking conflict is seen through the eyes of Rochefort and Admiral Nimitz, as well as fighter pilot Lieutenant Percy “Perk” Baker and Marine Gunnery Sergeant Doug Ackroyd.
On the Japanese side, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is the mastermind. His key subordinates are Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, aging and infirm, and Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, a firebrand who has no patience for Nagumo’s hesitation. Together, these two men must play out the chess game designed by Yamamoto, without any idea that the Americans are anticipating their every move on the sea and in the air.
Jeff Shaara recounts in electrifying detail what happens when these two sides finally meet, in what will be known ever after as one of the most definitive and heroic examples of combat ever seen. In The Eagle’s Claw, he recounts, with his trademark you-are-there immediacy and signature depth of research, one single battle that changed not only the outcome of a war but the course of our entire global history.
The story of Midway has been told many times, but never before like this.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jeff Shaara’s gripping historical novel about the Battle of Midway might as well come packaged with the scent of gunpowder and sea air. U.S. Admiral Chester Nimitz and his Japanese counterpart, Isoroku Yamamoto, each have a plan for the fierce naval battle commencing in the Pacific—and Shaara’s story revolves around the people involved on land and sea and up in the air. As this pivotal World War II conflict plays out, the action ping-pongs between perspectives on both sides of the fight, drawing us into intense moments of strategy, exertion, and panic. Like Shaara’s previous novels set during the American Revolution and the Civil War, The Eagle’s Claw is as historically accurate as possible. (The author’s fascinating introduction explains some of his research and writing process and should not be missed!) This brilliant 360-degree view of the battle minimizes any preconceived notions you might have about the good guys versus the bad. Historical fiction doesn’t get any more exciting, enlightening, and real than this.
Excellent author and great breading experience!
I could not put it down. Shaara is brilliant. After reading this read 4 of his novels on WW2 then WW1 novel To The Last Man. All engrossing.