The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

The Saboteur

February, 1943. Both the Allies and the Nazis are closing in on attempts to construct the decisive weapon of the war. Kurt Nordstrum, an engineer in Oslo, puts his life aside to take up arms against the Germans as part of the Norwegian resistance. After the loss of his fiancée, his outfit whittled to shreds, he commandeers a coastal steamer and escapes to England to trans...

Title:The Saboteur
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ISBN:1250079519
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:401 pages

The Saboteur Reviews

  • Lindsay

    3 stars.

    I liked this atmospheric WWII historical thriller, but didn’t love it. After reading Andrew Gross’ novel “The One Man” last year, I became a HUGE fan. “The One Man” is another WWII historical thriller and is one of my most favourite books! With that being said, I think I went into this novel with my expectations set a little too high and while reading I couldn’t help but compare the two books along the way (I hate when I do this to myself!). I felt that this one didn’t come close to the

    3 stars.

    I liked this atmospheric WWII historical thriller, but didn’t love it. After reading Andrew Gross’ novel “The One Man” last year, I became a HUGE fan. “The One Man” is another WWII historical thriller and is one of my most favourite books! With that being said, I think I went into this novel with my expectations set a little too high and while reading I couldn’t help but compare the two books along the way (I hate when I do this to myself!). I felt that this one didn’t come close to the energy, action, suspense and addiction I felt while reading “The One Man”.

    I really liked the main character Kurt Nordstrum, a brave and courageous man, who risked his life to lead an extremely high-risk sabotage during WWII. The odds were stacked against this heroic man who fearlessly lead his team to protect his country. His strength and leadership were something to admire. The fact that this story and Kurt’s character were based on real life events was one of the best things about this book for me. I love learning something new while reading!

    With that being said, I felt there was a large disconnect for me throughout the book. I found myself confused between characters more than a couple times. While it was an interesting story and I highly admire these brave men, the story itself lacked the addictive quality I expected and it dragged at times. It was a very atmospheric novel but one that ended up feeling repetitive instead of engrossing. I found I really had to focus and pay attention to get through this book instead of sitting back and being able to simply enjoy it. I really had to work for this one and in the end the payoff just wasn’t fully there for me.

    Overall, I felt that this book was more educational than enjoyable. I am happy that I read it, but would strongly recommend Gross’ previous novel “The One Man” over this one.

    A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Andrew Gross for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

    It was a pleasure to read this along with my amazing Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Diane S., Susanne and JanB!!

    To find this review, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at:

  • Diane S ☔

    When an author can entice one to read a book outside their usual genre likes, not only read but enjoy and appreciate the story, then I think he has definitely found his writing niche. I have read very little of what I call historical/spy thrillers, but loved his last one, so knew I had to read this one. So many books written about different facets of World War Ii, but the material out there is endless. This was another set in a place I have read little of previously. Norway and the Nazi occupati

    When an author can entice one to read a book outside their usual genre likes, not only read but enjoy and appreciate the story, then I think he has definitely found his writing niche. I have read very little of what I call historical/spy thrillers, but loved his last one, so knew I had to read this one. So many books written about different facets of World War Ii, but the material out there is endless. This was another set in a place I have read little of previously. Norway and the Nazi occupation there, but more importantly set in the mountains at what they thought was an impregnable fortress. A fortress that was producing heavy water in large quantities, what the Germans needed to make a bomb and what the rest of the world feared. So a daring plan was set in place, with Norwegian expert skiers, Norwegians and one Yank, who would attempt the impossible.

    Ordinary men who risked all. Loved the relationship, the closeness between these men, men who looked out for each other despite risk. The perilous terrain, the snow storms, the inhospitable conditions, treacherous. Their mission, so suspenseful, was often holding my breath, hoping they would make it through. Even after that more was expected from a few of them. These men, heroes, but wanted men, living in the shadows of the Nazi regime. Some their very own countrymen, Quislings they were called, considered traitors by most Norwegians.

    Based on a true story, names were changed but some of the men were actual people who actually put their lives on hold, to fight in their own way against an invasion of their country and a regime that spawned terror. Of course as fiction, the story was enhanced, elements added, but it all fit together and I felt added additional suspense to the narrative. The open to interpretation ending I also appreciated though I know some readers prefer a solid, thought out one. An authors note is included and the real story can be found on Wiki and other sources. Very well done, tightly plotted, suspenseful and an amazing story about ordinary people who risked everything for something in which they believed.

    My second read with the traveling sisters and enjoyed reading this with them. Thanks, ladies.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Norma

    I didn't love this as much as I did The One Man but it was still a pretty good and worthwhile read!

    THE SABOTEUR by ANDREW GROSS was an interesting, engrossing, tense, and suspenseful Historical Thriller novel with an intriguing storyline that is based on true events of extraordinary bravery and survival from a team of Norwegian saboteurs on a mission to destroy the heavy water project of WWII.

    This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really liked everything that each of them brough

    I didn't love this as much as I did The One Man but it was still a pretty good and worthwhile read!

    THE SABOTEUR by ANDREW GROSS was an interesting, engrossing, tense, and suspenseful Historical Thriller novel with an intriguing storyline that is based on true events of extraordinary bravery and survival from a team of Norwegian saboteurs on a mission to destroy the heavy water project of WWII.

    This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really liked everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. They each had their role to make this an extremely tense, enjoyable and thrilling read. ANDREW GROSS delivers a riveting story with a solid plot that was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved.

    What makes this novel even more special and appreciative is that we learn from the Author's Note & from The Epilogue that the story is based on actual events and real-life men (names were changed) but there were a few things that the author changed or added to intensify this story.

    To sum it all up it was action-packed, suspenseful, and a steady-paced read with an open to your own interpretation ending which I found to be totally satisfying. Would recommend!!!

    It was a pleasure to read this along with my wonderful Traveling Sisters Brenda, Lindsay, Diane S., Susanne and JanB!!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Andrew Gross for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

    All of Brenda’s and my reviews can be found on our Sister Blog:

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