Title : The One Man
Author : Andrew Gross
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published on: August 23, 2016
Genre: Historical And Thriller
Goodreads rating: 4.34
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.
~My Thoughts ~
This is a historical fiction + thriller in which a rescue mission is being planned to get Professor Alfred Mendl from a camp in Auschwitz and bring him to America. Nathan Blum is given this mission, who has a history of escaping from under the nose of the Nazi government.
This book is so so good, it’s fast paced and kept me on the edge throughout. I have read many books set in world War II but this book is so unique and the whole concept is different. Sneaking into a camp which is guarded by nazi government and then getting a man from the camp, is not easy to write about, but the author has done a fantastic job. He made it look so real. I was literally transported to this world , I felt so much for all the characters. The character development was perfect as we see how Alfred Mendl and Nathan Blum find each other and whether or not they will make it out of the prison.
The writing is descriptive but only when it was needed. The chapters are short, ending at cliffhanger sometimes. It also has some scientific formulas and touch to it, which doesn’t seem confusing at all.
The book first starts in the present where there is an old man who is telling a story to his daughter , and then the story is transported to the past when the actual mission occurs. Only in the end do we get to know who this old man is , and all our questions are answered .
The last 100 pages kept me up at night and well , this book broke my heart into tiny little pieces , so obviously I cried . 🙂
All in all, this is a book for historical fiction lovers and for those who love to read thrillers. It will definitely make your heart race. Do give it a try and before you know it, you’ll be halfway through the story.
I gave this book a 5/5 stars. Definitely one of the best books I read this year .
I was given a copy by Pan Macmillan India to give an unbiased review.