Imagine that there is one man who is vital to the development of the nuclear bomb…and he is a prisoner in Auschwitz. What to do…
Mr. Gross writes about just such a scenario in his book The One Man. I suppose it is somewhat plausible historically because Niels Bohr who was a central figure in the Manhattan Project himself barely escaped the Nazis [his mother was a Jew].
With the help of a Polish escapee, the United States concocts a plan to drop him by parachute near to Auschwitz and have him infiltrate the death camp and rescue Ivan Mendl, the scientist crucial to the development of the nuclear bomb. Infiltrating Auschwitz is also plausible because someone actually did during the war.
Mr. Gross does an excellent job of ratcheting up the suspense due to several plot twists, such an excellent job that he kept me up until midnight last night finishing the book. A very good book.