The One Man

The One Man

The Riveting and Intense Bestselling WWII Thriller

eBook - 2016
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"As moving as it is gripping. A winner on all fronts."—Booklist (starred review) "Heart-pounding...This is Gross's best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)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.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781466892187
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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noltec
Aug 07, 2017

This book is a little different twist on a holocaust story. It is well written and even plausible, although getting into and out of a Nazi concentration camp would be a one-in-a-million chance. The characters are well developed and you find yourself cheering them on as they skirt deadly encounters daily. As hard as it is to read about such horrors, the ending is very satisfying. Highly recommend.

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happycanuck
Jun 04, 2017

Well done with an interesting ending. Good writing style which caotured and kept the reader's interest.

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dmckenziehague
Apr 06, 2017

This story may be a good reminder of WW2 policies by various governments to not take in refugees. We seem to be going thru this same experience again. You know the old saying history repeats itself.
Read this fictional account with a box of tissue next to your side.

Beatricksy Feb 13, 2017

The topic of this book demands it be rough. It's a hard read. Emotionally distressing from start to end. Except for the odd spots where it turns into a long, drawn out, incredibly dreary scientific text, or shivers itself into strange melodrama (Greta, I'm sorry for all you went through at the hands of your male author). I recognize that I'm not the right audience for this book. I also recognize the research that went into it, but you have to suspend your belief a lot--especially considering the size of the camps in real life. It's a touch predictable, I feel, and I'm not sure the framing story is necessary, but that's okay. It's all okay. It's an okay book.

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htliang
Feb 06, 2017

This historical thriller had me riveted from the first chapter. It is suspenseful, disturbing, heart-breaking, and compelling. Reading about the Auschwitz atrocities is emotionally draining; however, I believe it is essential for us to remember these events so that these types of brutal crimes never happen again. I highly recommend this book!

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htliang
Feb 04, 2017

This historical thriller had me riveted from the first chapter. It is suspenseful, disturbing, heart-breaking, and compelling. Reading about the Auschwitz atrocities is emotionally draining; however, I believe it is essential for us to remember these events so that these types of brutal crimes never happen again. I highly recommend this book!

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boudfield58
Jan 21, 2017

A riveting read. Kept me engrossed right to the end. Some events near the end were a little hard to believe but still entertaining. This is a peek into the atrocities that we never want to live through.

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Darcadu
Dec 18, 2016

Excellent, excellent book, I can't praise it enough. Every once in awhile you read a book that really stays with you long after you've finished reading it. For me, this is that book.
Kudos to Mr. Gross for writing such a tremendous book.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 12, 2016

Great book. Very well written description of the atrocities committed by the Hitler Regime before and after World War 2.

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emerge
Nov 06, 2016

With all the high marks this has received, I guess I'm in the minority.
As with many books dealing with the holocaust, descriptions of life in the camps are poignant & terrifying. That is the book's strong point. But the actual story line & characters fare less well.
Because of the prologue, you know the ending before the story begins so there is no element of suspense. The main character is given what is basically a suicide mission...retrieve one man from Auschwitz. But you'll have to suspend all disbelief as he is incredibly lucky a dozen times over as the contrivances pile up. Also, with one exception, all Germans are portrayed as evil one dimensional characters.
In the end, I would classify it as a literary historical romance. If that's your genre, go for it!

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