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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
After a short, explanatory prologue, Mark Scott Smith plunges straight into the action in his amazing historical novel, The Osprey and the Sea Wolf: The Battle of the Atlantic 1942. “Amazing” because he has shown the conflict from both the American and German sides, and his main characters, Ramón, a Mexican-American B-25 pilot, and Kapitänleutnant Rainer Hartmann are so real they step off the pages. Ramón flies the plane he calls Osprey and drops bombs on U-boats, but he also battles with racism; in the nineteen-forties, Mexicans rated below dogs. Rainer has a family, killed by a British Royal Airforce bomb after the London Blitz. The Osprey and the Sea Wolf: The Battle of the Atlantic 1942 is a must-read book that deserves a place in every school and public library worldwide.
Readers in the UK will find a very different story in The Osprey and the Sea Wolf. All of it fits accurately with our Island Story, but it opens readers' eyes to the life of the Allied troops in America and the way they lived and fought. Every chapter carries a quote from a newspaper or pamphlet published at the time and, intriguingly, many are German. One is a quote from Hitler’s speech after Dunkirk – he never doubted his Wolf Pack would be victorious. I was particularly impressed by Mark Scott Smith’s characterization, which is incredibly vivid, and I could believe Major Anderson posted Ramón away from his own sexy wife, Violet. I recommend The Osprey and the Sea Wolf unreservedly.