Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
The One Man - One man had enough information to start a war – or end a war
The One Man by Andrew Gross
Macmillan, RRP $34.99, Trade
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
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?
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