Title: The Last of the Seven
Author: Steven Hartov
Genre: historical fiction
A lone soldier wearing a German uniform stumbles into a British military camp in the North African desert with an incredible story to tell. He is the only survivor of an undercover operation meant to infiltrate a Nazi base, trading on the soldiers’ perfect fluency in German. For this man is not British born but instead a German Jew seeking revenge for the deaths of his family back home in Berlin.
As the Allies advance into Europe, the young lieutenant is brought to recover in Sicily, where he’s recruited by a British major to join the newly formed “X Troop,” a commando unit composed of German and Austrian Jews that’s training for a top secret mission at a nearby camp in the Sicilian hills. They are all “lost boys,” driven not by patriotism but by vengeance.
This DNF was all me: solid writing and characterization, I just wasn’t in the right headspace to read this at this time. I was intrigued by the subject, as this was something I’d never heard of in my WWII historical reading, but it just wasn’t a good choice for me right now.
Steven Hartov was born in Connecticut. The Last of the Seven is his newest book.
(Galley courtesy of Harlequin/Hanover Square Press in exchange for an honest review.)