Just finished this, King's latest work. Normally I'm a huge fan but somehow I never warmed to this tale. Frankly it bogged down almost right from the start and then just plodded along. Certainly not among his best IMO.
Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers. It has much more detail than the HBO series. I'm half-way through it, and I highly recommend it. The story-telling is good; Ambrose makes the incidents of the war come alive. It is also unapologetically written from the perspective of the troops on the gound, and I think that is the book's greatest virtue.