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The One Man : The Riveting and Intense Bestselling WWII Thriller
by Andrew Gross and Edoardo Ballerini


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"Actor Ballerini turns the scene into a fascinating radio drama...These conversational moments, delicately crafted by Gross and splendidly performed by Ballerini, have a profound effect on the novel's equally well-enacted, action-filled, breathless escape sequence." -- Publishers Weekly

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"Actor Ballerini turns the scene into a fascinating radio drama...These conversational moments, delicately crafted by Gross and splendidly performed by Ballerini, have a profound effect on the novel's equally well-enacted, action-filled, breathless escape sequence." -- Publishers Weekly

1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family were trying to flee Paris when they were caught and forced onto a train, along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.

Nathan Blum works behind a desk at an intelligence office in Washington, DC, but he longs to contribute to the war effort in a more meaningful way, and he has a particular skill set the U.S. suddenly needs. Nathan is fluent in German and Polish, and he proved his scrappiness at a young age when he escaped from the Krakow ghetto. Now, the government wants him to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life: Nathan must sneak into Auschwitz, on a mission to find and escape with one man.

This historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely compelling.



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  • ISBN-13: 9781427279866
  • ISBN-10: 1427279861
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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Audio: Mission Impossible

A team of scientists at Los Alamos is in a race with the Nazis to create an atomic bomb and end World War II. If they could find Alfred Mendl, a famed electromagnetic physicist, and enlist his help, it just might give them the winning edge. In 1944, U.S. Army Capt. Peter Strauss discovers that Mendl is in Auschwitz and still alive. Bringing him out means sending someone in—it might be a suicidal mission, but it has to be tried. That’s what we know at the beginning of Andrew Gross’ taut new thriller, The One Man, performed with urgency and all the right accents by Edoardo Ballerini. The man Strauss picks is Nathan Blum, a young Polish Jew who escaped the ghetto, got to the U.S., joined its intelligence agency as a translator and desperately wants to do more to avenge his family’s murder and the Nazi atrocities. Knowing the odds, he agrees to go. Getting into Auschwitz is easy, but getting out with Mendl may be impossible. And Blum has just 72 hours to pull it off. The One Man is a terrifyingly suspenseful, morally nuanced tour de force.

ABSENCE OF LIGHT
A thriller writer par excellence, Michael Koryta brings back P.I. Markus Novak in his latest, Rise the Dark, excellently read by Robert Petkoff. Determined to find out who murdered his wife and why, Novak trails the suspect to Red Lodge, Montana, where the man grew up with his con artist mother, who pretended to be a medium, and his odd, gun-toting family. There in the Montana mountains, he finds himself in a nightmare scenario that, unfortunately, is all too plausible. Eli Pate, a devotee of Nikola Tesla’s more twisted ideas, is launching a plan to plunge America into darkness by destroying the electrical grid, blaming it on radical Islamists and, with the help of right-wing extremists, taking over as chaos reigns. To carry out his evil project, Pate has abducted the wife of Jay Baldwin, an expert lineman, using her life to force Jay to do his bidding. When Novak meets Jay and puts its all together, the tension is palpably electric.

TOP PICK IN AUDIO
John le Carré is an extraordinary novelist, not a “spy who turned to writing,” but a writer who “once happened to be a spy.” His exemplary novels have explored the moral ambiguity of espionage or, more broadly, the moral ambiguity of contemporary life. I, and most of his fans, have wondered if his plots and characters were taken from life. Now, with The Pigeon Tunnel, le Carré’s first book of nonfiction, we have a not-too-ambiguous answer. Not an autobiography but a memoir in short takes, the book recounts his forays to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa to research his settings. He recalls meeting the woman who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener and finding the quintessential Jerry Westerby in a bar in Singapore. He describes a meeting with Yasser Arafat, adventures and misadventures in the movie-making world and, finally, his most imperfect father, an irrepressible con man whom we met in A Perfect Spy. Le Carré, as brilliant a narrator as he is an author, makes this wonderful book an even better audio.

 

This article was originally published in the November 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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