Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Neal BascombSabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

byNeal Bascomb

Hardcover | May 31, 2016

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The author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters returns with another thrilling true story of WWII espionage!

April 9, 1940.

The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping up a silent fjord. Soon planes full of paratroopers roar over the mountains, and in two months, the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They cripple food supplies to the Norwegian people. And at the Vemork power plant, they gain access to an essential ingredient in the weapon that could end the war: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb.

February 24, 1943.

When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of passionate Norwegian commandos - young men who long to free their country from Nazi rule. Armed with little more than parachutes, skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness and execute two desperately dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.

Neal Bascomb is the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Perfect Mile and Hunting Eichmann, as well as Higher, Red Mutiny, and The New Cool. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please visit his website at and follow him on Twitter at @nealbascomb.
Title:Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic BombFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.55 × 5.82 × 1.09 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545732433

ISBN - 13:9780545732437


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At 8 p.m., white camouflage suits covering their British Army uniforms, the nine men skied away from the Fjøsbudalen cabin in silence. They were armed with five Tommy guns as well as pistols, knives, and hand grenades. In their rucksacks, they carried the explosives for the attack and everything they needed for their retreat into the Vidda: sleeping bags, rations, maps, and other survival gear.Few of them believed that they would have the chance to escape, and there were poison pills hidden in their uniforms, to be taken in the event of their capture. They understood only too well what became of those who were brought into interrogation by the Gestapo.Claus Helberg led the way. Hidden by low cloud, the moon shone dimly, and he had to navigate mostly by memory and a natural feel for the terrain. He kept a steady pace, sweeping around boulders and twisting through the scattering of trees in a way only one born to these hills could. The others followed closely behind, the cut of their skis barely a whisper through the snow. Each man knew what to do once they arrived at the target. Their leader had made it clear that no matter what unfolded, no matter whether he or anyone else on the team was killed or wounded, those able were to "act on their own initiative to carry out the operation." Destroying the heavy-water plant was paramount.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sabotage"This excellent treatise on a little-known episode of World War II is a first choice."-School Library Journal (Stared Review)Praise for The Nazi Hunters" This story has all the hallmarks of a spy novel. Bascomb has a knack for turning complex detail into a suspenseful, heart-pounding narrative." -School Library Journal" Photographs are included throughout the text, adding not just to the evidence of Eichmann's guilt but to the reader's sense of being along on the mission." -The Horn Book Magazine" Tension rises from the pages, thanks to Bascomb's command of pacing, judicious use of quoted material, inclusion of archival photographs and strong descriptions." -Kirkus Reviews