Local Author Jack DuArte will sign copies of his book, “Malta” at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Saturday, December 22 at 1:00 pm. Book description: For centuries, the Island of Malta has stood as one of the most sought after places by any nation wishing to control access to the Mediterranean Sea. In early 1942, the Axis powers step up their efforts to secure Malta and thus allow supply efforts to its armies in North Africa. The Luftwaffe begins a horrendous bombing effort that sees the tiny island bombed incessantly, both day and night. The British Admiralty develops a desperate plan to resupply Malta’s depleted air forces with a number of the new Spitfire Mark VI b’s, Britain’s finest fighter. Malta is the personal story of a number of these heroes and a glimpse into horrific conditions they faced on a daily basis. Lack of food, water, petrol and ammunition make their jobs even more difficult. The novel is the much awaited sequel to DuArte’s best-selling Spitfire that chronicled the epic Battle of Britain at the start of World War II.