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Two decades after the Civil War, first-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara, son of a legendary Marine and a force of a man in his own right, finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided. If he can help persuade the Secretary of the Navy that the Marines will be crucial to America's security in years to come — all the while hefting a heavy, secret weight in his heart — he'll save the Corps and make his career.But there's an obstacle in his path that this warrior hadn't planned on. Amanda Blanton Kerr, the daughter of a ruthless industrialist, is on a mission of her own; passionate, obstinate, and whip-smart, she's an heiress poised to blaze a trail for all women.

O'Hara's Choice is the story of the inevitable collision of these two handsome, fighting spirits, in which getting their souls' desires could jeopardize everything they — and their parents before them — scraped and struggled to achieve.

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ISBN-13: 9781402567414
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed novelist Leon Uris ran away from home at age seventeen, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to join the Marine Corps, and he served at Guadalcanal and Tarawa. His first novel, Battle Cry, was based on his own experiences in the Marines, which he revisited in his final novel, O'Hara's Choice. His other novels include the bestsellers Redemption, Trinity, Exodus, QB VII, and Topaz, among others. Leon Uris passed away in June 2003.

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O'Hara's Choice 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. Hard to follow, didn't keep my interest. I am a Uris fan, but this one I set aside without finishing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that you shouldn't kick a man when he's dead, but Leon Uris' last work is a major disappointment. As a military buff, I was really upset with his nearly total disregard for facts. For instance, he twice mentions the opening of Japan by Admiral Dewey(!) in the 1850s. (It was Commodore Perry in 1854.) He mentions an assault on Fort Sumter in in Charleston harbor in 1863 with the Marines landing at the fort only to be repulsed. (No Marines ever got close to Ft. Sumter in 1963.) He mentions naval officers discussing the building of battle-cruisers with 14' guns in the 1880s. (The idea of the battle-cruiser, let alone 14' guns was not realized until about 1910 or so.) Other factual errors are there. His fact checker must have been asleep or had no idea of the subject matter. Finally, at its end, the author has to tie up all the loose ends quickly with a trite, almost predictable ending. Too bad. Uris' final effort is not a good one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story hits on a subject near and dear to me..the Marines. I have read every book Uris has written and this one on very close to the top. Outstanding work and, very sadly, his last. If you loved Battle Cry, you will love this one also. Give it a try!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Uris deserves five stars for this novel. All of the major players were fictitious, but the history was on point as near as I could tell. I did not feel let down at the book's end. The book was not about this great love affair between Zack and Amanda. It was about a person knowing when he is sufficient to the cause whatever the cause may be. I liked the history surrounding the War Between the States and the Marine Corps and how time was linked by generation to generation. Zack's papers and resolutions about world events past, present and future intrigued me. Now, the nasties! The language of the book did not always fit the era of the book. Mr. Uris' use of coarse language has never bothered me until I read this book. Too much 'language!' 'Watch your mouth!' I would say to Mr. Uris if that were possible. There were too many grammatical errors in the book, but my read was never interrupted. As for the other writing mechanics, Mr. Uris is the best in his field and time. Thank you, posthumously, Mr. Uris, for a good read.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I forgot how much I like Uris' writing style in the years since I've read any of his books. I enjoy his kind of history, which is saying a lot because history is very rarely something I want to read about. I have no idea if this story is one-sided or riddled with inaccuracies as some claim about his other books. I know that while I was reading it I was feeling history come alive for me - which was rare and enjoyable.I enjoy his strong and vivid characters, which were as strong in this book as in others. Perhaps stronger than in QB VII and not quite like Ari from Exodus.I will definitely recommend this book even though I haven't included in my must reads.
PointedPundit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Promising Series Cut ShortUris¿ death, three months prior to this book¿s publication, not only cut short the career of a great novelist, but also another sequel.I loved his novels Trinity, Redemption and QBVII. They were great stories spun in the tradition of historical novels. His story-telling ability and character creation communicate the humanity of the age and culture about which he writes.O¿Hara¿s Choice is no exception. Patriotic Duty and family loyalty duel in this tale set in the Gilded Age that followed the U. S. Civil War. Leon Uris was a great writer. He had the ability to create characters who communicate the age and times in which Uris set his novels. The worst part of coming to the end of this book is the nagging awareness that this is the last Uris novel the reader will read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Leon Uris has been one of my favorite authors, but his final one, O'Hara's Choice, was very disappointing. Its a slow-moving story with little action. The characters seem to be inconsistent in their motivations and the ending of the story was not satisfying. I suspect that Mr. Uris died before he could finish the book and that the published work is an edited partial early draft. If I'm correct, then the publisher and Mr. Uris' estate did not do him justice by publishing it.