Review published on August 10, 2017.
The Saboteur by Andrew Gross is a well-researched and informative book that was based on a widely unknown mission of World War II.
The story revolves around a group of Norwegian soldiers that are working with the Allies to destroy the German efforts to build the Atomic bomb. In an unknown part of Norway, at the Norsk Hydro’s Vemork plant, the Germans have started to produce heavy water that is an essential part of a nuclear reaction.
We follow the main character, Kurt Nordstrum, as he works with the resistance and flees Norway to work alongside the Allies. At great cost to their families, and their own lives, a group of soldiers work together to plan a raid on the plant and then we follow their mission and see it to the end with them.
However, when production restarts, the second mission to complete the job takes up the second part of the story and we are taken along with the main characters as the plan is built up and then enfolds with all the twists and turns this takes on all concerned.
As this story was based on actual events and operations, I enjoyed learning about a part of history that I was unaware of and did not realise how close we were to having the Germans winning the Atomic race. The author obviously had to change certain parts of the story to increase the interest in the plot but it was done without real detriment to the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in historical fiction as well as those who like a fast paced thriller.
Victoria Furlong 4/4
The Saboteur by Andrew Gross
Macmillan 9781509822287 pbk Aug 2017