THE ONE MAN
Written by Andrew Gross
August 23, 2016; 432 Pages
Minotaur Book, St Martin's Press
Genre: historical fiction, WWII, suspense
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
"1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
Nathan Blum works behind a desk at an intelligence office in Washington, DC, but he longs to contribute to the war effort in a more meaningful way, and he has a particular skill set the U.S. suddenly needs. Nathan is fluent in German and Polish, he is Semitic looking, and he proved his scrappiness at a young age when he escaped from the Polish ghetto. Now, the government wants him to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life: Nathan must sneak into Auschwitz, on a mission to find and escape with one man." (From Publisher)
I have read a few books by Andrew Gross and on the whole have enjoyed them. He is a great action writer. When I read his novels I can see it all take place in mind like a movie. In fact, I am sure Goss's novels would make screenplays. The One Man doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed the book but at times I thought it lacked a bit of character warmth. There is so much going on...in different countries and different characters...it feels like I am missing something. I gave this book a three because while I enjoyed the book, I felt like this story had sort of been done before and this book doesn't add to the genre. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed and too pat. It is a good read for what it is.
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