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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II - Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur - and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain's Special Operations Executive.

A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucald was raised in magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe's finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucald escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat - cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands - from the officers of Special Operations Executive, the collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with tactics that earned it notoriety as the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare". With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with the Germans' wartime missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucald withstood months of torture without cracking and escaped his own death - not once but twice.

The Saboteur recounts La Rochefoucauld's enthralling adventures, from jumping from a moving truck on his way to his execution to stealing Nazi limos to dressing up in a nun's habit - one of his many disguises and impersonations. Whatever the mission, whatever the dire circumstance, La Rochefoucauld acquitted himself nobly, with the straight-back aplomb of a man of aristocratic breeding: James Bond before Ian Fleming conjured him.

More than just a fast-paced, true thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, telling the untold story of a network of commandos that battled evil, bravely worked to change the course of history, and inspired the creation of America's own Central Intelligence Agency.

©2017 Paul Kix (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Well written. very interesting perspective from the French point of view. Atrocities that didn't seem to make their way to my history classes along with a view from "behind the scenes" and within the fight.

I believe the author did a excellent job of portraying the emotions and character of those involved. He also gave insight as to how certain factions came to hold differing opinions of others, dependant upon their knowledge and experience of their deeds.

Good read.

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Interesting but not Epic

Overall interesting story but can get a bit repetitive over time. If you’re a WWII buff it’s great but if you’re more of a casual reader, may only be OK.

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A Wonderful Surprise!!

What made the experience of listening to The Saboteur the most enjoyable?

I was very skeptical that I would find the subject matter of interest to me. But once I started it, I didn't want to put it down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Saboteur?

His survival and escape from his German captors. Our protagonist was a real life superman and at the same time an everyman.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to the harrowing stories of our protagonist in the French Resistance made it come alive. I felt like I was an actual participant in the drama.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Inside Look at the Life of a Real Life Superhero

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This should be a movie!

This book is a great tribute to a brave man who showed courage throughout his life. How fortunate that his story was not lost! Bravo to his children who were able to record his adventures!

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An inspiring tale of courage, honor, and ingenuity in German occupied France

I found this true story of resistance to the Nazis absolutely riveting. The bravery and resourcefulness of the magnetic central character, a modest young man from a historic aristocratic French , family. are astounding. You just can't believe people can summon such courage and determination. You also can't believe the cruelty and determination of the occupying Germans and French collaborators. The writing and narration are excellent.

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Reads like a thriller and good history together

Must listen! It's also a great history of part of the French resistance through the story of an incredible man.

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Fascinating.

Well done, historic, shares background information. You feel like you are there. Audiobook keeps your interest.

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Interesting book

This was an interesting story. Was in worth a credit? Well I didn’t return it.

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