His­tor­i­cal thriller takes read­ers to tur­bu­lent era

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“The Sabo­teur: a Novel” (Mino­taur), by An­drew Gross

An en­gi­neer from Oslo at­tempts to dis­rupt the Nazi war ma­chine at the height of World War II in “The Sabo­teur,” the lat­est his­tor­i­cal thriller by An­drew Gross.

Kurt Nord­strum has lost his fi­ancee, and much of ev­ery­thing else he holds dear. He sneaks back into his home­town and sees the full in­te­gra­tion of Ger­man forces. Nord­strum learns of an iso­lated fac­tory hid­den in­side Nor­way where the Nazis are build­ing a ter­ri­fy­ing weapon. With a few close friends, he hi­jacks a pas­sen­ger ship bound for Ger­many and steers it to­ward Eng­land. With the help of some Bri­tish forces, they ar­rive in Scot­land. With the in­for­ma­tion in hand, they join a team of Nor­we­gian Free­dom Fight­ers with a sui­ci­dal mis­sion to take out the fac­tory.

Nord­strum be­comes the go-to guy for the im­pos­si­ble mis­sions to stop the on­slaught and as­sist the Al­lied forces. If he suc­ceeds, his ef­forts will make the path to vic­tory eas­ier. If he fails, the Ger­mans will have a path to full dom­i­na­tion. Gross takes read­ers back in time to a tur­bu­lent and ter­ri­fy­ing era. As with his pre­vi­ous novel, “The One Man,” he im­merses the reader in the 1940s with sym­pa­thetic char­ac­ters while fo­cus­ing on the lone wolf who faces im­pos­si­ble odds, but has no other choice. He also uses real his­tor­i­cal fig­ures and events with some slight name changes, demon­strat­ing that with a tal­ented writer at the helm, the past can truly come alive.

“The Sabo­teur” is a ter­rific thriller.

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