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Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarBASCOMB, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb. 5 CDs. 6:13 hrs. Recorded Books. Apr. 2016. $34.99. ISBN 9780545944021. digital download.

sabotageGr 8 Up –This richly detailed nonfiction account of Norwegians who spied for the British and organized resistance against the Nazis unfolds like a spy thriller. Bascomb includes a good deal of science regarding the heavy water and uranium needed to create the atom bomb. Though the narrative is a bit difficult to follow in the beginning, dedicated listeners will be rewarded with astonishing feats of heroism. These commandos faced not only merciless Nazis but also bitter winter, hazardous terrain, and starvation. The harrowing sacrifices necessitated by war are laid bare both in the personal stories and detailed depictions of the sabotage committed at Vemork’s hydroelectric plant and the sinking of a ferry. Narrator Jason Culp smoothly navigates the Norwegian pronunciations and speaks at a steady pace well suited for the information-dense text. VERDICT A strong choice for students of history or science. This title is easy to recommend to those who enjoy nonfiction and to thriller fans interested in true tales of heroism. [“This excellent treatise on a little-known episode of World War II is a first choice”: SLJ 5/16 starred review of the Scholastic book.]–C.A. Fehmel, St. Louis County Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2016 issue.