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Shooting an Albatross: 02/09/10
Albatross is another term for a double eagle. The derivation of the name is one of many interesting pieces of golfing lore tucked away in the WWII historical fiction, Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin.
It's 1943 and the PGA tour has been canceled for the year. The The 170th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army have taken over a golf course in Los Angeles while they're waiting to ship out. In their spare time the Army General and a Navy Admiral have decided to go head to head on a round of golf. There's just one problem: neither one of them plays. No problem; they'll train up their best men to play for them.
In the middle of the golf rivalry there is also a love triangle with a beautiful Angelino who lives with her father at the edge of the course. Although the course if formally closed she still likes to sneak in a round or two in her spare time.
The novel though beings in the present with a man set on revenge. Why he wants revenge is revealed slowly, piece by piece as the tale of this golf rivalry unfolds. I enjoyed the book, finding it a quick and compelling read. It brings together two of my favorite settings for fiction: the golf course and WWII.
I received my copy from the author and have since released it through BookCrossing.