T. Garth Connelly is no stranger to Steel Navy, and he has written several books on smaller combat boats. So, authoring a book on the history of Regia Marina's MAS Boats fits right into his area of specialty. This particular title is new but is a revised
edition of a previous publication. This book covers the history of
MAS Boats, from 1915 to 1945. The various initial concepts and designs are discussed in detail and well as usage during World War I. Interwar developments and designs, Word War II
operations and the post-war era are also covered. The book has 153 pages, with a total of 74 photos and drawings, with eight in color.

While there is a lot of information contained in this book, I found that it was a difficult read due to apparent editing errors that appear to be the result of a not very thorough quality control review. There is a redundancy of information and specifications,
with some information repeated a few pages later and times where I thought I had a moment of déjà vu, but it wasn’t really. There is an instance were a completed section of text that first appears on page 13 is repeated verbatim on page 29. The book
reads almost like a dry college thesis and the editing errors do not help with the flow. Another omission that I found is that the book has a Chapter 5 (Post-War Years), however it is not listed in the table of contents.
The topic is thoroughly researched, and I certainly learned a lot about MAS Boats. I always thought that they were developed prior to World War II but I learned that the genesis for MAS Boats was a lot earlier. It is a shame that the book is marred by
some poor editing and review. My thanks to Connelly Publishing for the review copy.

Felix Bustelo
New York