I have listened to this amazing and utterly chilling book 3 times. Although it is fiction based on fact,it is ever so real and moving. I was a Nuclear,Biological and Chemical Specialist during the Cold War and this book is spot on.Pray to God that this weaponry is never used again. These are the same chemical weapons that have been released on civilians in Syria and the Kurds in Iraq.The United Nations needs to put an end to this once and for all.Thank you Mr Iles for such a poignant and historically accurate telling of a stunning story. Ken Coté',Fombell Pa
I have read several other of his books and this was just as intriguing. The storyteller was amazing!
I have been a fan of Greg Iles work for the last few years. His other books have been enjoyable...but his one, I found to be outstanding. Before making purchases I always read through the reviews and listen to the sample. One of the reviews made a comment that he found it distracting that there wasn't a female voice. I must admit....I never even noticed that while listening. Dick Hill did an outstanding job of narration.
The twists and turns of events and a plot that was both intensely believable and so well expressed made the story flow seamlessly.
As with Spandau Phoenix and True Evil (also Greg Iles works) I found his performances outstanding.
The one took most notice of was Jonah Stearn mostly because I remembered him as a character in another of Greg Iles books at a later period of his (Jonah's) life. This made it even more interesting to me by exposing more of his background.
I've never taken the time to write a review before this...out of some 120 plus books I've enjoyed (and some not) over my years as a member of Audible.
Iles does a magnificent job of weaving a current story line with one of the past. The mystery he begins with hooks you to the very last chapter.
This war was more horrific than any other in my opinion and although some facts are hard to hear and get through it is a rewarding read and history lesson. The Second World War is just getting started and the allies aren't quite up to speed with all the atrocities going on. The main character gets a heavy dose of reality outside a lab he is hiding out in. You don't know who to believe or trust with all the characters Mr. Iles dreams up which only makes it more intriguing.
It's a must read!
This book, by Greg Iles was interesting, but not one of his best. I like the Penn Cage series of books much better. There are lots of characters with last names that are so similar in pronunciation that I had a difficult time keeping them straight - yes, I would figure it out in a few sentences, but it was annoying. Because there are people from different Eastern European countries and Germany, the accents added to the difficulty of understanding. Maybe if I had read the story I would have liked it better - not all books are good for listening too.
I have no idea how this book got the high ratings it did. The first part of the book was like being in endless business meetings where people just talk and bicker about something that could happen; it was painful and didn't really add to the story in my opinion. After listening for 4 hours and still board out of my mind with this book I skipped ahead 6 hours to the halfway mark in the book and found I hadn't missed anything and the book was still painfully boring. I tried listening at a faster speed and while it made it go faster it did little else. This book simply wasn't for me and I will be returning.
I've always been fascinated with WW2 and this book was right up my alley. It did a perfect job of keep you hooked throughout. I also liked the fact that it is somewhat educational. Even though the book is a work of fiction there is a lot of historical facts. I love when a writer has the perfect mix of fact and fiction
Having been a young Officer posted to West Germany post WW2 straight out of West Point, I find myself fully invested in the love expressed between two of our main actors in this account. Mr. Iles gets that part of the story down so exact. Wasn't there behind enemy lines, but sometimes it felt like it!