O'Hara's Choice : a novel

by Leon Uris

Hardcover, 2003

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The son of a legendary Civil War marine, Zachary O'Hara struggles to keep the marines a viable part of the nation's military and falls in love with heiress Amanda Kerr, a relationship that is threatened by a painful secret.

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LibraryThing member fishhook7
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member PointedPundit
A Promising Series Cut Short

Uris’ 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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LibraryThing member aketzle
I think I'm getting much pickier about what fiction is worth my time as I get more interested in non-fiction. This wasn't good enough to keep reading. Too many other good things waiting!
LibraryThing member pratalife
Leon Uris has written some genius books, but this isn't one of them. It starts as a promising historical fiction dealing with the formation of the US marine corp, but soon descends into a turgid and pointless romance novel. At that point I gave up too.
LibraryThing member gypsysmom
Unfortunately, not one of Uris's better works. According to the Publisher's Note at the front of the book "Leon Uris passed away in June 2003, shortly after reviewing his copyedited manuscript." Methinks that the man didn't have enough strength to do a proper job of editing and it shows.

Private Zachary O'Hara is in the Marines where he has found a family of sorts. His father, Paddy, also a Marine died of cancer just as Zach entered the Marines. His mother died of TB just after his birth and his father abandoned him to the care of his aunt Brigid for some years until Brigid became too ill to look after him. Paddy's old mates look after him as a way to repay the debt they owe Paddy for saving their lives. Then the lovely and rich Amanda Kerr comes across Zach and decides she wants him. What started out as a fling becomes a serious love for both of them but they know they can never have a life together. Or can they? That is O'Hara's choice.… (more)
LibraryThing member pratalife
Leon Uris has written some genius books, but this isn't one of them. It starts as a promising historical fiction dealing with the formation of the US marine corp, but soon descends into a turgid and pointless romance novel. At that point I gave up too.

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New York : HarperCollins, c2003.

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Original publication date

2003

Physical description

394 p.; 24 cm

ISBN

0060568739 / 9780060568733
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