The Last of the Seven by Steven Hartov [7/10]

The Last of the Seven” is a historical WWII war adventure, that, despite inheriting the deathly tag of “based on a true story,” provides rattling action and Middle East/Italy atmosphere, while dabbling in lyricism that only occasionally misfires. The tale of a German-born Jew who thirsts for revenge against the Nazis, recruited to head up a band of similarly rage-consumed soldiers asked to exfiltrate a scientist from a missile base, is not afraid to dwell on the gaps of time between the horrific wartime action. The author is no Ondaatje (I was reminded of The English Patient) but is often a captivating stylist. As befits such a boy’s-own story, I read The Last of the Seven in a single sitting and can commend it.

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