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T H. Harbinger’s Historical World War II Novel “M.A.D. Scientists: A Love Story

Less than one year after FDR delivered his Day of Infamy speech, two scientists were tasked to create a weapon that could detect U-boats in the North Atlantic. T H. Harbinger details the breathless story in his new historical romance novel.

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy.” A day of sorrow. A day of anger. A day that spurred the genius of two people. December 1941

T H. Harbinger talks about this further in his historical romance novel, “M.A.D. Scientists: A Love Story”.

In it, he writes about the nerve-wracking and breathless romance of Otto and Viola Schmitt as they developed the Magnetic Airborne Detector (MAD), an instrument that would ultimately decide the fate of WW2. MAD was able to detect U-boats, which were German submarines, and allowed U.S. soldiers to quickly neutralize them. This eventually led to Americans winning the Battle of the North Atlantic and paving the way for the invasion of North Africa and, later, D-Day.

The turning point

In 1942, the first full year of World War II, the war is being lost. Despite President Franklin D. Roosevelt declaring earlier that “the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory,” things were not looking well. Harbinger’s story evolves around Otto and Viola receiving a letter from Vannever Bush, President Roosevelt’s leader of the newly formed Office of Scientific Research and Development, on November 26, 1942. The letter discussed the current situation of the war, particularly that over six million tons of shipping had been sunk in the North Atlantic. The United States needed a way to remove hostile water vessels and assigned the Schmitts—two married scientists—to deliver a solution.

Love in the shadow of death

The novel masterfully describes the nuances of marriage between two highly competent and intelligent professionals trying to survive a global conflict. Further, “M.A.D. Scientists: A Love Story” details their struggles and actual brushes with death as they attempt to develop a weapon that could turn the tide of the war.

It is a remarkable love story that is both inspiring and terrifying. Moreover, it is a story that has been largely kept hidden from the public, who only recall the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki but not the event that guided its completion.

Get your copy today

The novel is currently available on Insights on Innovation and Amazon Books in both paperback and e-book formats.

T H. Harbinger is the pseudonym of Jim Lenz, who worked for 40 years in electronics and controls. In his professional life, he has designed and tested thousands of computer-controlled systems on spacecraft and commercial airline systems. He has decided to use his technical and management skills in writing. He is the author of four historical novels, with his most recent one being “M.A.D. Scientists: A Love Story”.

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