Publisher and Publication Date: Minotaur Books. August 23, 2016.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Audience: Readers of historical fiction who love World War II stories.
The story begins with an older gentleman living in a Geriatric wing at the Veterans Administration Hospital near Chicago. He is visited by his daughter who compels him to share his story about war experiences. Then, the story travels back in time to 1944. Dr. Alfred Mendl, a Jewish man, who is an electromagnetic physicist, has been sent to a Nazi concentration camp. His family was torn apart from him at arrival. In America, a young man named Nathan Blum is given a dangerous mission to break into a Nazi concentration camp, and safely bring out a person who the allies believe will help win the war.
The following bullet points are why I loved this story!
•All the characters are at their peak of stress. Some of the characters are under the stress of looking for ways to survive or escape. Some of the characters are looking for ways to hold on to their power. Some of the characters are looking for ways to end the war. Some of the characters are at the point of desperation. Andrew Gross through the use of the general theme, plot, pace, and dialogue compelled me to become immersed in the story.
•The story did not give clues as to who would survive the mission. I loved it that Gross did not give away the surprise ending until the final scenes.
•The power of love and sacrifice is displayed in the story.
•Gross states in the “Author’s Note” that he didn’t go in to details as other books about the brutality of a concentration camp. However, through a Lagerkommandant, I saw the evil in his heart that was displayed in his behavior.