Gross takes readers back in time to a turbulent and terrifying era. Like 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.
The Saboteur is more historical than fiction, based strongly on actual raids during World War II in Vemork, Norway … The setting acts as a major supporting character, both antagonist and protagonist. The plant is set atop unscalable cliffs with an impenetrable gorge, connected by a single suspension bridge, and is under constant heavy guard. Both the surrounding terrain and the weather were unforgiving … Awe-inspiring, action-packed, and gripping.
While the account of the saboteur’s mission is real, making the ending known to many readers long before they pick the book up, Gross masterfully develops his characters –providing numerous reasons for readers to hang around for four hundred pages. He also brings the setting to life, plunging readers into the snow-covered Norwegian mountains where the frigid setting meets an equally chilling plot … The Saboteur, which reads like Mission: Impossible set in 1943, is another brilliant, action-packed, emotionally-charged thriller from Andrew Gross.