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‘Osprey and the Sea Wolf’

Authors Mark Scott Smith, Christopher Sandford in Seaside

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Published on October 12, 2018 12:01AM

On Saturday, Oct. 13, join the Friends of the Seaside Library host author Mark Scott Smith. He will be speaking about his historical novel “The Osprey and the Sea Wolf” at 1 p.m. in the Community Room.

In 1942, a German U-Boat campaign in the Western Atlantic 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 Lubeck, Germany, and Ramon, a 24-year-old Mexican-American B-25 pilot, who, through academic and athletic prowess, has successfully navigated the racism of his southwest 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 doing academic medical writing before he turned to historical fiction. He was intrigued with World War II 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.

‘The Man Who Would Be Sherlock’

Join the Seaside Library on Oct. 18 as author Christopher Sandford tells the story of “The Who Would Be Sherlock.” The event will take place in the Community Room at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of the Seaside Library.

When Arthur Conan Doyle was a lonely 7-year old schoolboy at pre-prep Newington Academy in Edinburgh, a French emigre’ named Eugene Chantrelle was engaged there to teach Modern Languages. A few years later, Chantrelle would be hanged for murder. Thus, began Conan Doyle’s own association with some of th e most gruesome crimes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

This early link between actual crime and the greatest detective story writer of all time is one of many. Conan Doyle would also go on to play a leading role in the notorious case of the Staffordshire “mad ripper,” as well as the chilling story of Oscar Slater and the Glasgow murders.

Using freshly available evidence and eyewitness testimony, Christopher Sandford follows these links and draws out the association between Conan Doyle’s literary output and factual criminality. This pattern proves to be very interesting to the legion of Sherlock Holmes fans who may not have known of this connection.

Christopher Sandford is the author of 19 books and has written for a variety of publications including the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone. His biographies of Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain and Sting have been best sellers. Born in London, Sandford splits his time between Seattle and England.

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