The Emerald Ace
By David Falash
Black Leaf Publishing, 2013
Price: $15.99 paperback, $2.00 eBook
Publishers Synopsis: Carrying a deep hatred of the British Empire since losing his father in the 1916 Easter Rising, 15 year-old Mick Gallagher has dedicated his life t a free and independent Ireland. Now, after rescuing a fallen German fighter pilot and nursing him back to health, a series of incredible events will bring Mick into clandestine service with the Red Baron’s Flying Circus squadron. Dogfighting with Sopwith Camels and S.P.A.D. XIII’s in his all green Albatros D.V, he must keep his identity as the “Emerald Ace” hidden from the world. With peril surrounding him, Mick will learn that even love can be dangerous. Emerald Ace is the first in a series of novels that will detail the adventures of Mick Gallagher, starting at WW1 and spanning all the way through WWII and the Cold War. This first book highlights the suicidal courage of those brave WW1 fighter pilots whose average life expectancy was only a few weeks. Anyone who loves rousing military fiction will find Emerald Ace a thrilling read.
My Take: From the first page I was engrossed in the story, drawn to characters who were clear and well crafted. However, I felt off center enjoying a book I couldn’t philosophically agree with – one where Germany was the good guy and Britain the bad. I cannot speak for Lake Hazel Middle School history teacher, David Falash, but imagine my reaction was a part of his goal for book – to demonstrate that we have a lot more in common with our enemies than we would first assume. Although, I enjoyed it from the first page, it may not attract middle-school readers who seem preoccupied with futuristic YA books.
The “Emerald Ace” is the first of three books in this series.
My Rating: 4 out of 5