The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man: The Riveting and Intense Bestselling WWII Thriller by [Gross, Andrew]

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books

Expected date of publication: August 23, 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Book synopsis:

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl—a renowned physicist—holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.

Bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines, this historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely new and compelling.

My review:

I am going to start this review with a dedication. I found out that Elie Wiesel died today at the age of 87. He dedicated his whole life to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. I read Night when I was in 9th grade as part of an English assignment and it touched me. So, to say I was (and still am) very interested in the Holocaust in an understatement. I read everything and anything about the Holocaust (from fiction to nonfiction) that I get my hands on. So RIP Elie Wiesel.

This was one of the best books that I have read to date. From the beginning, where there is an old man in a nursing home and he decides to open up to his daughter, it took off. It is a whirlwind ride that left me breathless (and in tears) at the end of the book.

I was taken back in time to Nazi occupied Germany and to Roosevelt era USA. The atrocities committed against the Jewish people in the book were vividly written. Almost too vividly. I had to put my book down at some points because I was crying so hard. Introduced in the book, in no particular order: Nathan Blum, Alfred Mendl, Leo Wolciek, and Greta Ackerman. All their lives become intertwined at Auschwitz.

This book is very fast paced and I did not want to put it down in case I missed something. There are several twists to the plot but the two biggest were saved for the end and they took me by surprise.

3 things I liked about The One Man:

  1. Nathan Blum
  2. The storyline
  3. Leo Wolciek

3 Things I disliked about The One Man:

  1. Auschwitz
  2. Kurt Ackerman
  3. The scene right before the ending

How many stars will I give The One Man: 5

Why? This was a very well written mystery about Nazi Germany and the race to get out a very important physics professor out of Auschwitz. The author did a wonderful job keeping certain identities hidden until the very end of the book!! There is also no lag in the chapters, even when we were switching between characters. This book will make you cry and keep you up all night thinking about what was written.

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Will I reread? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why? There are several scenes of brutal violence and one sex scene.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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