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| 30 August 2016 | Reply


FICTION: The One Man by Andrew Gross

August 2016
Paperback, $29.99
352 pages



Poland, 1944

Alfred Mendl counts down his final days within the confines of a hell on earth. His family was torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work was burned before his eyes. Now his only joy comes from watching the occasional game of chess. To the guards he is unassuming, but in fact Mendl – a leading physicist – holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. The other person is working hard for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away…

In Washington DC, intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto after the Nazis executed his family; Nathan thinks he has a safer future. But the US government has other ideas. They want to send Nathan back to Europe to rescue one man from a place no one can break in to – or out of.

But even if Nathan does make it in, how on earth will they make it out alive?


About the Author: 

“My father-in-law came to the U.S. from Warsaw in early 1939, only months before the war. He never had any idea what fate befell his parents, or for that matter, any of his extended family. He was the only one in his family to survive the war. For years it’s been like he’s carried a weight of sadness around with him; guilt and loss. A peace that always seemed to elude him, despite his successes [in America].
“To this day he has never spoken a word to my wife or her brother about his family life back in Poland. Like a lot of survivors, the yoke of memory was just too hard to bear. He came to the U.S. as a student, but in 1941, when the U.S. entered the war, he enlisted, and because of his facility with languages, was placed in the Intelligence Corps. He has never divulged what his duties were there. I always wanted to write the story he might tell.”

Before writing his own bestselling thrillers, Andrew Gross co-authored five novels with James Patterson. His first novel The Blue Zone was an instant international bestseller. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Lynn and their three children.

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