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 transmit secret evidence of the Nazis’s progress towards an atomic bomb at an ...

Details The Saboteur

TitleThe Saboteur
Release DateAug 22nd, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, War, Suspense

Reviews The Saboteur

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Brenda
    Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Lindsay, Susanne, JanB and Diane.The Saboteur was a heavy, interesting, and suspenseful historical thriller that I read and discussed along with my Traveling Sisters. I really enjoyed the discussion The Saboteur brought on for us. Some of us had read The One Man and others will be soon I am sure after reading this one. Based on real-life events of a team of Norwegian Saboteurs on a mission to destroy the he...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.A team of men sent on a death defying mission to destroy heavy water (the component that was produced by the Nazis’ in World War II to make an atomic bomb) in a impenetrable fortress. It seemed impossible. The first teams that were sent to Norway failed. And then a team of Norwegian men were sent, men who knew the terrain, who could survive the winters, the heavy snow and treacherous conditions. These men are successful. This team inclu...
  • Carol
    "A true man is a man who goes on till he can go no farther, and then goes twice as far."February 1943 - Norway - THE SABOTEUR is a novel based on true events. It is a story about heroic men putting their lives on the line to stop the Germans from producing a devastating weapon of mass destruction....from taking over their homeland.Andrew Gross brings to life historic figures and recreates not one, but two actual military events of the time; one (...
  • Wendy
    The One Man, by Andrew Gross, has to be one of the best WWII books I have read. The Saboteur is a tale of extraordinary bravery and survival and is a close second.Kurt Nordstrum (based on the real-life figure of Kurt Haukelid) was a humble yet courageous man, whose irrepressible will and sense of duty helped pull off the most important and unbelievable sabotage of WWII. The two main military events in this story are the raid on the heavy water fa...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comTightly woven around true events, The Saboteur is the latest historical novel from bestselling author Andrew Gross and it is a thrill ride from start to finish. Gross places his hero, Kurt Nordstrum, who is based on the real-life figure of Kurt Haukelid, at the centre of this extremely risky mission to save Europe from the dangerous grand plan orchestrated by the Nazi regime. To bring down the Nazi’s most d...
  • *Avonna
    Check out all of my reviews at: http://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross is an intense historical fiction based on the true life stories of the Norwegian Freedom Fighters assigned the seemingly impossible task of destroying the Nazis’ supply of heavy water before it could be used to produce an atomic bomb.Kurt Nordstrum was an engineering student in Oslo in 1940 when the Nazis invaded. His whole life changes as he fights wit...
  • Michael
    A moving and thrilling tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Norway to foil the Nazi’s efforts to produce a nuclear bomb. This is a fictionalized version of how a group of Norwegian patriots, with the help of the British special forces pulled off a commando raid that destroyed the heavy water and equipment at the Norsk Hydro’s Vemork plant in remote Rjukan and later, after the plant got into production again, sank a civilian f...
  • abby
    "A true man is a man who goes on till he can go no farther, and then goes twice as far."For Kurt Nordstrum, being Norwegian means having something to prove. A true northman can survive the most punishing storm, navigate the most rugged terrain, and the only feat impossible to him is hurting a countryman-- unless that person has allied themselves with the Nazis and then all bets are off.Since the 1940 occupation of Norway, Nordstrum has lived by t...
  • *TANYA*
    Very engrossing!! This book schooled me on things I was not aware of, the educational aspect of it was great. The writing was on point. It is my second Andrew Gross book and I’m officially a fan!!!
  • Faith
    I was looking forward to this book because I loved the author's prior World War II thriller, "The One Man", but unfortunately my expectations were too high. In large part, this is a suspenseful thriller (I assume very loosely) based on a true story about the resistance movement in Norway. Some Norwegians were recruited by the British to sabotage the production of heavy water to be used by the Nazis in the development of an atomic bomb. However th...
  • JanB
    In 1943, a team of Norwegian saboteurs carried out a dangerous mission that destroyed the Nazis' source of heavy water, a fluid needed to produce nuclear weapons. The race to develop the world's first atomic bomb was on, and it was a race that would alter the course of the war. The heavy water plant was in a heavily guarded, remote mountainous area of Norway. The team knew it was likely to be a suicide mission, with little chance of success or ge...
  • Karen
    The Saboteur - Andrew Gross - 22 Aug“If the Germans get there first, it will lead to some of the nastiest business that can ever be imagined. Not to mention it’ll win them the war.”A spellbinding historical and educational story based on true events involving brave and selfless patriots and the Norwegian heavy water sabotage project of WWII. When I first started reading, I wasn’t sure my mind was in a place to keep up with the meticulous ...
  • Tim
    I was hoping for a better story that was penned here. 4 of 10 stars
  • Thomas
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank You Minotaur Books and Andrew Gross.This historical fiction novel retells the story of 2 actual events: First, the destruction of a supply of heavy water inside a Norsk Hydro plant in Vemork, Norway. Second the sinking of a ferry on a Norwegian lake with a new supply of heavy water, destined for Germany. The heavy water was a crucial component to the nuclear bomb that the Nazis were trying to build. ...
  • Wendy
    The SaboteurI really enjoyed this novel and I was ready to give it four stars until I realized that this was written about true events that took place during WWII. What a wonderful retelling of events during the war. Andrew Gross is a great storyteller.
  • Anna
    I was completely riveted and absorbed by"The One Man", and was excited to begin Andrew Gross's latest novel set during WWII. The story is interesting, but I felt that there was too much emphasis on the scenery and setting up the sabotage of the "heavy water" being produced at a plant high in the mountains in Norway, rather than pulse pounding action making me anxious to know what's going to happen next.Based on an actual story of a group of brave...
  • Tina Panik
    Gripping and intense, this WWII tale is based on real missions from the era. Nordstrum is a charming and confident protagonist, who you'll root for as his successes and sacrifices mount in proportion to the danger within his mission. This would make a fantastic movie!This was an ARC.
  • Skip
    Another excellent WWII historical fiction book by Andrew Gross. Based on real events, the describes a plot by Norweigan nationals to destroy a well-guarded plant, converted by the Nazis to manufacture "hard water" for use in building an atomic bomb. The plant's destruction is deemed essential to the Allies efforts to win the war. Kurt Nordstrum is a true patriot, putting the mission ahead of his own life, creating a unforgettable story: his brain...
  • Jackie Lane
    Wow! I really enjoyed listening to the book and found myself going on extra errands just to get more time in on it.Kurt Nordstrom, after having lost his fiancée has joined the Norwegian resistance. He and his team work endlessly to foil the Nazi's plan to produce a nuclear bomb. In this book you learn about Quislings, Heavy Water and the determination of a group of men who have undergone extensive training in preparation for the grueling terrain...
  • Christa
    This novel is a very good one about WWII. It features character Kurt Nordstrom, who goes behind the scenes and sabotages Nazi plans. He and his team do this at great risk to themselves against overwhelming odds.The Saboteur has a great lead character in Nordstrom, and the storyline is riveting. It is suspenseful and thrilling.
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    This story was billed as a thrilling historical fiction story, but I did not feel that is was really a thriller. I loved "The One Man", but this book does not measure up to that one. The book is a fictionalized version of the blowing up of the Vemork Hydroelectric Plant. The main character Kurt Nordstrum, joined the resistance when the Nazis took over Norway. He lost his family, his life as he knew it, and his fiancee when she was killed in retri...
  • Joan
    I love to read historical fiction that makes me feel I am actually learning what really happened in the past. This is how I felt while reading The Saboteur by Andrew Gross. Before reading I didn't read the back or any plugs telling me what the book was about, rather I went completely on the fact that it was written by Andrew Gross. Of course I knew from the cover it would be WWII historical fiction or even historical thriller. I was surprised whe...
  • Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)
    “A true man goes on until he can go no further, and then he goes twice as far." ~ Andrew Gross (Excerpt from THE SABOTEUR)Were it not for the act of a few brave souls on a top secret mission, Germany might have won the war. A closely guarded secret at the time, was that in the years leading up to 1943, the German's were closer than anyone realized to making the atomic bomb. In England, a secret committee called the SOE (Special Operations Execu...
  • Tom Tischler
    It is 1943 and the Nazi stranglehold over Europe is loosening . In a little town in Norway there is a factory that makes an ingredient the Germans need for an atomic bomb that theyare experimenting with. Kurt Nordstrum is a member of the Norwegian underground. He isa courageous fighter who has lost just about everything already in this war. His fiancee,his unit and his cause. He learns of the Nazis research in his homeland and he joins a groupof ...
  • Mike
    To prevent the Nazis from developing an Atomic bomb, a small team of Norwegians embark on a daring secret mission.An action-packed World War II thriller.
  • Tad
    The Saboteur by Andrew Gross is a World War II historical thriller that is heavy on the history but light on the thrills. It tells the story of the real life Norwegian resistance fighters who helped prevent the Nazis from developing a nuclear bomb by sabotaging the heavy water production facility in a small town in Norway.The book is filled with a lot of buildup to the acts of sabotage but as soon as the tension begins to rise in each action piec...
  • Erin
    Sadly this was a no-go for me. Why is it considered a "novel" any way? I feel like the author should have put a little extra work in to make it a piece of non-fiction.I have strong Norwegian roots and can even speak Norwegian. I have spent a lot of time in and around Rjukan, Vemork, and the Hardangervidda. I know all of the history in the area around this topic and have seen the movie "Heroes of Telemark" as well as the NRK TV series "The Heavy W...