Killing Patton is by far the most disappointing of O’Reilly’s “Killing” books. Although the writing style is similar to the other books, the subject has almost nothing to do with the killing. The book almost seems like a novelization of the Oscar-winning 1970 movie starring George C. Scott. While I somewhat enjoyed revisiting the story of the movie (in fact, I was prompted to re-watch some of the movie on Netflix), I was expecting to read more about Patton’s suspicion death. Instead, that information, all four pages of it, was contained in the Afterword, which can be summarized as follows:
- If you have read Killing Kennedy, you know that Martin Dugard and I are not conspiracy theorists. But the death of General George S. Patton presents a disturbing picture if one fully accepts history’s contention that his demise was simply the result of an accident…. The strange death of George S. Patton should be reexamined by American military investigators. Although the trail is ice cold, technological advances could solve some of the puzzles.
Oh really, Bill. Which technological advances could solve which puzzles? Perhaps you should have written a screenplay for the TV show, Cold Cases. Thanks for nothing. But I can’t wait for the next three Killing books that are already sketched out. Not.