Pidyon shvuyim was how it was phrased in Hebrew. To redeem a captive. It was for this reason that man was first created as one person, to teach you that anyone who destroys a life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed an entire world; and any who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world.
A thriller of historical fiction set during World War II. Nathan Blum has escaped with his life to America to live his family’s dream. If he would have known in hind sight the terror his family endured, he would have never have left. Now working for the Armed Forces in Chicago, he desires to something more for the cause and to redeem what has happened to his family and his country of Poland. His desire becomes a reality when he is hand picked for a secret mission that President Roosevelt has endorsed. He must infiltrate a Jewish Camp of Auschwitz and bring back one man that would change the course of the war. What makes one man so worthy of a suicide mission? With many variables….time, luck and grit. It is leaves a reader at the edge of their seat as Blum must overcome all obstacles to find his man and bring him out alive.
The author made this believable taking facts and giving it heart which when I say heart, I mean your heart is beating a millions miles a second with all the tension. Emotional and the guts to do the right thing. Even when its hard. If you like Saving Private Ryan, it was that kind of tension that kept you at the edge of your seat.
There is not necessarily a feel good but it is looking evil in the eye and not backing down. I highly recommend.
A Special Thank You to Minotaur Books, St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.