The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome author Mark Scott Smith on October 13, 2018.
He will discuss his newly released historical novel, “The Osprey and the Sea Wolf."
In 1942 a German U-Boat campaign in the Western Atlantic (Operation Drumbeat) came close to severing the vital artery of war supplies between America and Great Britain.
Unprepared and ill-equipped, America struggled to counter this skilled offensive as U-Boats sent nearly 300 ships and 5000 men to the bottom off the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
This history-inspired novel is told from the points of view of two protagonists: Rainer, a 32-year-old career Naval officer and highly successful U-Boat commander from the lovely Hanseatic city of Lübeck Germany, and Ramón, a 24-year-old Mexican-American B-25 pilot, who, through academic and athletic prowess, has successfully navigated the racism of his SW Texas home. The story follows these two warriors through the deadly dance of submarine warfare off the east coast of America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Manzanita author Mark Scott Smith spent 40 years as an academic medical writer before he turning to historical fiction.
He was intrigued with WWII events in Oregon and Japan and this led to his first book “Enemy in the Mirror” which was published in 2012.
“The Osprey and the Sea Wolf” is his second novel.