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The SaboteurThe Saboteur by Andrew Gross

Review by Norma

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  August 30 to September 1st, 2017

I didn’t love this as much as I did The One Man but it was still a pretty good and worthwhile read!

THE SABOTEUR by ANDREW GROSS was an interesting, engrossing, tense, and suspenseful Historical Thriller novel with an intriguing storyline that is based on true events of extraordinary bravery and survival from a team of Norwegian saboteurs on a mission to destroy the heavy water project of WWII.

This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really liked everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. They each had their role to make this an extremely tense, enjoyable and thrilling read. ANDREW GROSS delivers a riveting story with a solid plot that was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved.

What makes this novel even more special and appreciative is that we learn from the Author’s Note & from The Epilogue that the story is based on actual events and real-life men (names were changed) but there were a few things that the author changed or added to intensify this story.

To sum it all up it was action-packed, suspenseful, and a steady-paced read with an open to your own interpretation ending which I found to be totally satisfying. Would recommend!!!

It was a pleasure to read this along with my wonderful Traveling Sisters Brenda, Lindsay, Diane S., Susanne and JanB!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Andrew Gross for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!


Review by Brenda

Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Lindsay, Susanne, JanB and Diane.

Rating:  4 stars
The Saboteur was a heavy, interesting, and suspenseful historical thriller that I read and discussed along with my Traveling Sisters. I really enjoyed the discussion The Saboteur brought on for us. Some of us had read The One Man and others will be soon I am sure after reading this one.

Based on real-life events of a team of Norwegian Saboteurs on a mission to destroy the heavy water project of WWII, Andrew Gross does a fantastic job of weaving fact and fiction here with The Saboteur. The first half of the book seemed to read more like a heavy account of events and I had a hard time connecting to the story and the characters at first but soon came to see how cleverly Andrew Gross layered the story. The second half he kept me on the edge of my seat and the story at times read like purely fiction as our brave and skilled main character Nordstrum and his team of Saboteurs are up against the impossible with extraordinary danger and it all seemed unlikely to turn out okay.

Andrew Gross does a good job bringing the characters to life for me in the second half and I started to connect with them more. We start to see a personal side to them and I could see their skill, bravery, loyalty to each other and their causes along with their vulnerability and personal struggles making them more realistic characters.

The descriptions of the setting and harsh weather conditions added to the danger and tension to the story and it was easy to visualize the surroundings and danger.

I highly recommend engaging in this story of these brave and skilled Saboteurs as they take you on their very brave and important mission.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Andrew Gross for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Review by Lindsay

3 stars. 

I liked this atmospheric WWII historical thriller, but didn’t love it.   After reading Andrew Gross’ novel “The One Man” last year, I became a HUGE fan.   “The One Man” is another WWII historical thriller and is one of my most favourite books!  With that being said, I think I went into this novel with my expectations set a little too high and while reading I couldn’t help but compare the two books along the way (I hate when I do this to myself!).  I felt that this one didn’t come close to the energy, action, suspense and addiction I felt while reading “The One Man”. 

I really liked the main character Kurt Nordstrum, a brave and courageous man, who risked his life to lead an extremely high-risk sabotage during WWII.  The odds were stacked against this heroic man who fearlessly lead his team to protect his country.   His strength and leadership were something to admire.  The fact that this story and Kurt’s character were based on real life events was one of the best things about this book for me.  I love learning something new while reading!

With that being said, I felt there was a large disconnect for me throughout the book.  I found myself confused between characters more than a couple times.  While it was an interesting story and I highly admire these brave men, the story itself lacked the addictive quality I expected and it dragged at times.  It was a very atmospheric novel but one that ended up feeling repetitive instead of engrossing.  I found I really had to focus and pay attention to get through this book instead of sitting back and being able to simply enjoy it.  I really had to work for this one and in the end the payoff just wasn’t fully there for me.  

Overall, I felt that this book was more educational than enjoyable.   I am happy that I read it, but would strongly recommend Gross’ previous novel “The One Man” over this one.

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Andrew Gross for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

It was a pleasure to read this along with my amazing Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Diane S., Susanne and JanB!!  



4 thoughts on “Traveling Sisters NetGalley Review: The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

  1. janb37 says:

    Excellent! I love the differing perspectives in your reviews – and I loved reading this with all of you! Thanks so much for inviting me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much, Jan! I loved reading this with you too and discussing it with you along the way! I so enjoy that very much! Looking forward to our next read together! 🙂


  2. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading this with you Norma and Brenda!!! Wish it would have worked out a little better for me, but I still enjoyed the reading experience!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We loved the reading experience too Lindsay!


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