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Saboteur: A Novel of Love and War

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  754 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The year is 1943, and Andy Gledhill's months of training as a paratrooper have culminated in his being assigned to the 89th Airborne. But he soon learns that the government has other plans for him. The newly formed Office of Strategic Services needs soldiers with language talents like Andy's to drop into Europe behind enemy lines and help fight the war from the inside out. ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Shadow Mountain
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Sep 08, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I liked Dean Hughes' others books about WW2 so I picked this one up as well and was not disappointed. I listened to this on Cd and really liked the narrator. Thirteen hours later and I really felt like I knew most of the characters.

I would say of all the LDS fiction authors, I like Dean Hughes the best. He is a great story teller, his characters are well developed and likable, and there isn't the sugary-happiness that often abounds among other LDS authors.
Oct 09, 2016 Peggy added it
Full of history as the story is based on WW II. Excellent and keeps your interest.
Dean Hughes has done an amazing job in writing Saboteur! It is the first book of his that I have read, and I couldn’t put it down! Dean’s descriptions are just amazing when it comes to the scenery and the characters.

Andy is training to be a paratrooper in 1943. The government contacts him and wants him to be a spy in France before the invasion occurs to feed back information on German troops. He takes this job as a boy, and soon learns he must become a man to fulfill it. Andy isn’t allowed to te
Mar 17, 2009 Casey rated it it was ok
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Aug 20, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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3.5 Stars
This is our Book Club Pick for the month of June. I found myself sucked into the story and wanting to read a lot, or it might have just been that I needed a break from my own reality. Either way I enjoyed the story and the time period. I'm looking for some discussion quesitons or ideas so if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.

Andy Gledhill is the supposed golden boy of Delta, Utah. Growing up with a French mother, Andy is fluent in french and is recruited to be a special a
Jun 07, 2010 Maegan rated it it was ok
Well if you've read the Children of the Promise and loved it don't read this book! I love Alex and Wally in Children of the Promise series, don't get me wrong! But if you've read those books you'll know and have pretty much the whole plot before you've even started it. Although Andy's, the main character, experiences are very different in the end the plot mirrors Alex's very closely, even the whole "unworthy" stuff going on and the "I'm not as spiritual as I was when I was five," thing becuase ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Trisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: dean-hughes
I really enjoyed reading this book because it made me think so much about so many different things. Things like war, love, right and wrong, and my gratitude for those men and women that fought in the war and the ones at home who supported and lived for letters and news. It made me really think about what it would've been like to go through something like this. I also like how Dean Hughes shows Utah in the right light. He doesn't make it seem like it is the most wonderful place in the world, it ...more
Sep 17, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of the Children of the Promise series by the same author, which I loved by the way. It is about a family in WWII times and their son who goes to war and the lives of the other family members. The father is a church leader, one of the sisters is rebellious, etc. You can probably see the similarities already if you've read Children of the Promise. Some of the phrasing and character traits of people are also very similar, which bugged me in a way because I felt like I had read ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it
I enjoy Dean Hughes most of the time- I do have one tiny problem with him though. He tends to try to tell too many stories in one novel. I wish he would tie up the loose ends at the end of the book. I am never quite satisfied with how the stories end.

Saboteur was a WW2 novel about a boy from Delta, UT who becomes a spy in France for Allied forces. The novel tells not only Andy's story (the main character), but also tells of life in small town Delta and of the Japanese Internment camp in Topaz,
Jan 25, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-authors
The year is 1943, and Andy Gledhill’s months of training as a paratrooper have culminated in his being assigned to the 89th Airborne. But he soon learns that the government has other plans for him. The newly formed Office of Strategic Services needs soldiers with language talents like Andy’s to drop into Europe behind enemy lines and help fight the war from the inside out. Andy’s new life of deception and sabotage is worlds away from his upbringing in sleepy little Delta, Utah. But even that ...more
Jul 20, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Children of the Promise books so I tried this one. It's the same but more graphic and a different family involved. It's mainly about a small town guy who is on track to marry his high school friend/sweetheart and is called into WWII like most young men of that generation. He is recruited into a secret organization that does recon and sabotage to prepare the way for the Allied troops. He is taught stealth and killing quickly and quietly. It really weighed me down to think of the ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Marciea rated it really liked it
This book does follow the same genre of series that Dean Hughes has written so much about lately, war and the effect that it has on the person in the war and the family back home.
This particular story stands alone, not in a series, and is about a young man who is asked to be a spy for the United States. It talks about the internal conflict he feels constantly as someone who has to lie and kill in order to do his job.
It also weaves in the story of his family back home in a small town in Utah, inc
Jan 31, 2009 Jared rated it liked it
My wife gave me this for Christmas a couple of years ago (I think in a bid to get me away from reading all those thrillers I enjoy so much) and I wondered about it. It seemed like a pretty good plot, but I don't read much LDS fiction and there's a love story incorporated on top of that. I cracked it one day and started reading, and before I knew it I was done with it. I think, like I wrote in my 'Hazardous Duty' review, that this book appealed to me because it has military action in it. Not a ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I did really like this book, but I was looking forward to reading more about the character Andy's perspective. I love reading WWII novels -- fiction or nonfiction, and I found that I was hoping to read more from a soldier in Europe's aspect, rather than a little from him and then a whole lot from his family and girlfriend back home in America. I did find the Japanese-American storyline interesting as well, though. I hadn't learned anything about these camps during this time until the end of my ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
A bit disappointing. I absolutely LOVED Hughes' Children of the Promise series but I just couldn't get into these characters. I'll admit to skimming through many passages along the way & I'd just hoped that it would get better. I couldn't help but see Whisper as anything more than pathetic and kept thinking, "Oh.My.Gosh girl, just leave this town!" Also, if Hughes was trying to make Delta, UT sound like a quaint little farming town out in the country, he totally missed the mark! I ended the ...more
Nov 19, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: LDS, War buffs
Shelves: bookclub
I enjoyed many aspects of this book. I liked seeing the war from the Gledhill family's point of view. I liked how Dean Hughes explored how the US discriminated against the Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor. I also liked reading how the war affected daily life at home such as the gas stamps, sugar rations etc. What I enjoyed most was seeing a part of WWII that isn't often shown, the world of occupied France and how people struggled with the evil of Hitler and the goodness of normal people on ...more
Andy Gledhill's mother is a native French speaker, he spent his summers in France, and is assigned to be an OSS operator in France during WWII. Meanwhile his family and his girl have their own adventures in Delta, Utah learning about prejudice and Japanese internment.

Why I started this book: Spies, World War II, Japanese internment camps and Hughes. Win! Win! Win!

Why I finished it: This could have been so much better but it got bogged down in family drama and the persecution that everyone hates
Jul 21, 2008 Ty rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I picked up this book in desperation when I couldn't find anything else to read. I shy away from 'Mormon' books and it's a mushy love story on top of that. I figured I'd get through a couple of chapters before finding something better. But half the book later I realized that I was thoroughly engaged and seriously enjoying it. It's a well written WWII story, but its heart is in the trials of a pleasant little Mormon family enduring the war in Delta Utah and an emotional, but fulfilling love story ...more
May 25, 2008 Margaret rated it it was ok
I usually like Dean Hughes books, they are easy reads with good character build-up. But I was un-impressed by this novel. Mostly because of the terible ending, it took the author 470 pages to describe relationships and what war can do to a person....then finishes the whole story off in 2 pages. He did not give the ending enough, its like he was sick of writing the story, or was on the last day of his deadline; it ended too abruptly. It is an easy read that kept me turning the pages, but ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I found myself wondering, throughout the day, what was going to happen next. The characters were real and interesting. Dean Hughes is a very good author, his stories are interesting and the character development is superb. Just like his "Children of the Promise" series, this story is set during WWII, which must be a favorite genre of his. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that the ending seemed a little bit abrupt to me. If not for that, I would have ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Small town boy Andy Gledhill joined the 82nd Airborne. His unit is training to parachute behind German lines when the push into Europe begins. He soon learns that the government has other plans for him. Andy, fluent in French, is sent into France as spy and saboteur. His life is dramatically at odds with his upbringing. At home his family deals with the disruptions and changes war brings.
The author includes a sub-plot dealing with the Japanese relocation at the nearby Topaz camp.
Tissue alert!
Jun 19, 2011 Shauna rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
I think that my favorite part about this book was the relationship between Flip and Tom, the Japanese worker his Flip's father hired. Although I definitely wanted Andy to come home to Whisper, I felt like he was a character that I just wasn't all that emotionally attached to. Maybe it is because he spent so much of the novel being emotionally detached from everything that I really couldn't get a feel for him. However, it was an enjoyable story. I did feel like it ended too quickly though and ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
If I could give half star ratings, I'd probably give this one a three and a half. It was a very interesting story about a young man who signed up to be a paratrooper in WWII, and is recruited to be a spy because of his French language background. The story follows him and his family back home. It was hard reading about his kills and the hatred on both sides. There were also difficulties at home for the Japanese that were rounded up in camps. I knew about the camps, but I hadn't thought much ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it
I "read" this book on CD and enjoyed listening to it. It is a good thing I enjoy Dean Hughes because this was very much like the Children of Promise series. Even the characters were much the same. The plot had a little different twist, because it was just about one character and his particular experiences as a "saboteur." It is always interesting to see how Dean Hughes solves the crises of faith in his various characters. For the most part they ring true, because I have seen it happen to people.
Apr 24, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
LDS book about WWII. A young man from UT becomes a spy in France because he speaks French fluently. At the same time, it also tells the story of his family in Delta, UT, and his brother's friend who is in the Japanese internment camp here in UT. It seems that the internment of Japanese Americans at Topaz and in other parts of the country is a side of the war that isn't talked about as much; a shameful part of US history. I liked that this combined both the war in Europe with what was happening ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-group
It was hard for me to read this book in the beginning until I got used to the author. I immediately felt like it was written by an amateur. It sounded like he was trying too hard to use prose and make his writing 'fit' in. I later read that the author basically said that about himself.

But the story kept my interest and I enjoyed it.

It had a happy ending, and you need those once in awhile, as well as the bittersweet ones.
Aug 23, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
The first bit of this book seemed like I was reading his 'Children of the Promise' book again. It has some fun, exciting moments with the boy behind enemy lines in France. I didn't much care for the story line that it kept going back to with the family back home. Like the author needed to add something more to help make the book bigger. I would have rather had more story about the work they were doing in France before D Day.
Sep 02, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: pg-13
My husband and I read this outloud together and it was very good (though a bit long and overly detailed). Hughes is an LDS author we've read before ("Midway to Heaven") and enjoyed, so we wanted to try this one out. I enjoyed the suspense and Flip's comic relief.

I rated it pg-13 because of adult themes (e.g., war, death, torture), but, in my opinion, Hughes never got offensively explicit or violent.
Oct 20, 2010 Myla rated it really liked it
Good book, intriguing story. The ending was a little lacking perhaps. I think it's total crap that people were imprisoned because of their heritage (Japanese "camps"). This country has had some major bumps in its road, I think. I think it would probably be difficult to find a people of any sort that haven't been discriminated against, and that's here in the best country in the world. I liked the journey with the characters, though.
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Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three ...more
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