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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 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 town is changing, as the nearby Topaz relocation camp ignites racial tensions. And Whisper Harris, the girl Andy left behind, is caught in a maelstrom of conflicting emotions brought on by the war. Should she release Andy from the promises they've made, as he seems to have released her? Or should she keep on hoping?
- Published: September 2006
About the Author
Dean Hughes has published books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. Through Cloud and Sunshine is his one-hundredth published book. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. The parents of three children and grandparents of nine, they live in Midway, Utah.
Good idea, but a little lacking
by Customer - reviewed on December 12, 2006
Book lacked depth and development of characters. The plot was a good idea and the questions raised were enlightening to consider, but I after getting 3/4 of the way through the book, I still felt the story was underdeveloped, and the characters lacked something.
A person who loves Patriotism must read this!
by kara - reviewed on June 22, 2007
When I read the book Saboteur, I thought it did NOT lack anything! The way the characters were, it was believable! I LOVED the book! The book Saboteur had so many wonderful Christ-like principles. If someperson thinks it lackes somethings they do not know anything about the feeling of Patriotism!
by Naiah - reviewed on October 23, 2006
In Saboteur, by Dean Hughes, we meet Andy Gledhill, a young Latter-day Saint man serving his country in the second World War who is assigned to the OSS, America's fledgling military espionage devision, where he is trained as a spy, saboteur, and assasin. Such a juxtaposition makes for a fascinating study which plays out compellingly through the novel, as Andy struggles to reconcile the Lord's commandment to love with the atrocities which he finds himself both facing and committing behind enemy lines in France. , Framing his efforts, we have the various trials and struggles of his family and girlfriend back home which unfold every bit as compellingly as the events of the war. , The struggle for Andy is long, and viscerally real to the reader, but in the end Saboteur is a story of redemption. Through the very real fires of affliction fueled by war, love is redeemed, faith is reclaimed, and lives are enriched. , It should be mentioned that there are several scenes in the book that involve somewhat graphic, though not gratuitous, descriptions of violent acts. Hughes is careful to avoid glorifying war, soldiering, or killing, but those things are a part of wartime, and are present in the book. , For those whose sensibilities will allow it to be, it is a desperately addictive read-a real page-turner in the truest sense of the expression.
by Customer - reviewed on February 17, 2009
I like this book because I'm into books that deal with spying and the like. Please tell me that there will be a follow up book to Saboteur so I can find out what happens to the charatcer in this book. thanks TC
Very well written and interesting.
by Customer - reviewed on June 15, 2009
This book is very well written. It holds your interest and does not drag. Very enjoyable story.