Book Review: The One Man by Andrew Gross

Before I start this review, I want to thank NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for allowing me to review this book.

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received The One Man from NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**

Now, onto my review:

Format read in: Kindle

Author: Andrew Gross

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books

Expected date of publication: August 23 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon (Kindle, Hardcover, Audio CD). Please keep in mind that the book will not be published until August 23 and is on preorder until then. Also, the prices can and will change.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, History

How many pages: 432 pages

Book synopsis:

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.

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 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 and making sure that the victims were never, ever forgotten. I read Night when I was in 9th grade as part of an English assignment and it touched me deeply. So, to say I was (and still am) very interested in the Holocaust in an understatement. I read everything and anything (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 and I am not just saying that. From the beginning, where we meet the old man in a nursing home and he decides to open up to his daughter, it just took off. It is a whirlwind ride that leaves you breathless (and in tears) at the end of the book.

You are 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. We meet, in no particular order: Nathan Blum, Alfred Mendl, Leo Wolciek and Greta Ackerman. All of their lives become intertwined at Auschwitz.

This book is very fast paced and you do not want to put it down in case you miss something. There are several twists to the plot but the two biggest were saved for the end and they will take you by surprise.

3 things I liked about The One Man:

  1. Nathan Blum
  2. The story line
  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.

 

 

 

 

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