What I’m Reading: The One Man

I finished the audio book The One Man by  Andrew Gross.  I grabbed it because it was a WWII book and I feel I rarely read on that I don’t like.  I think one of the reasons I am so fascinated with the is that I am in awe of how Jewish people who have such power, strength and frankly luck to have lived through that horrible time in history.


I have to tell you upfront that this is likely in my top five books from the time period.  It was VERY suspenseful.  It kept my interest.  I was always guessing and often time wrongly guessing.  Up until the end, I couldn’t guess the ending.  At one point when I was listening, I had to rewind because I had to make sure I heard it right.  I didn’t guess at all what was happening.

Here’s what Amazon had to say…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.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars.  I would actually give the book 5 stars.  I very much liked the book and if you like this type of literature, it is well worth the read.  I am off to see if this author has written other books.  This one was SO GOOD.

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4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The One Man

  1. Tina in NJ

    Jo, if you like this period, check out “A Man Called Intrepid.” It’s a true biography of Britain’s WW II spy chief. (Although I believe there are doubts about the story where the codebreakers learn of a coming Nazi attack on Coventry.) The movie The Imitation Game and the British TV series The Bletchley Circle were based on the events covered in this book. It’s an old book, so I’m not sure it’s on audio, but I think it’s worth the read.

  2. Vickie

    I read this book about 6 wks ago & I agree. It is a great book. I pick it up from the library & started reading on a Sat. By Sun pm I was finished & tired from trying to “keep up” with all that was going on.

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