Linda in Omaha
I didn't give this one 5 stars, not because the writing was flawed, but because it was just so intense and brutal in the descriptions of what happened to Jews and others in concentration camps and on the battlefield. It certainly is a book that will stay with me for awhile, but it's not a pleasant memory. War isn't pretty, but this was a little much for me.
This was a great novel that was adversely affected by flawed narration, to the point where I wanted to give up listening to it--I only stuck it out because the story was compelling. The narrator went from whispering and talking too softly to nearly shouting, and I had to spend so much time adjusting the volume that I was constantly knocked out of the book.
Perhaps this was a function of me listening to it during my daily commute, but I've listened to many books during this commute and this is the only one I've had this problem with.
But to be fair to the narrator, aside from volume level, he did a very good job with tone, voice differences, etc.
The story grabs you and you cannot put the book (or IPad) down.
The plot was perfectly set to keep you wanting to read the next paragraph.
very well performed.
Too many to mention
Best Greg Iles book period.
A good listen
The closing chapters
So believable that it must have truly happened. One of the turning events of the war.
Why didn't Hitler's Nazi Germany use poison gas to stop the Allies? It's a good question but Greg Iles has made a disappointing novel from that fine start.The characters are poorly drawn with stereo types galore including a pacifist American nerve gas expert, a Zionist fighter, an eye-patch wearing soldier, etc., etc. Plot situations are developed with disaster following disaster following coincidence around a really complicated attack on a slave labor camp producing gas deep in Germany.
As a student of World War two, there was little to like; as a lover of action novels, there was even less to enjoy here.
I am really enjoying Connely's Harry Bosch detective series. It's writing and performance is very evocative. Now on book four and there are plenty more.
The Deep South accent of the main character sometimes had me almost siding with the Nazis.
The pacifist American nerve gas expert, the Zionist, the eye-patch wearing German officer, etc., etc.
Don't buy this listen. There are far better choices out there.
Say something about yourself!
It kept me interested and moved along just fine. About what you'd expect from a WW2 thriller, but nothing really amazing. As I think back on it after a few months, the part that stands out to me is the passion of the Jewish agent. I think he was the heart of the book and the authors best character.
I might have made some of the names a bit easier to differentiate. Some of the German names sounded too much alike and I was having a hard time following some of the characters. Maybe it's just me.
I don't know.
Dick Hill does an excellent job.
Learn more about the Jewish people. I don't think when I was in school that we were taught about all the atrocities that they suffered.
hmmmm.... not sure where it ranks. It is a bit different from what I normally read or listen to, but I really did enjoy it.
Rachel. She was so strong and so humble.
Nothing I can pinpoint. Was just a pleasure to listen to.
Life can make you change your beliefs.
I have always been fascinated by this time in history. This book gave such an intimate look at what it might of been like and the decision that had to be made. It shows strength, courgage, love and hope in the face of such horrible oppression. In real life I would of loved to of had people in my life like some of these characters.
Characters are Great!
Yes... great WW2 story.
The narrator is very effective.
I had a hard time putting it down.
I've had some trouble lately getting into historical fiction. Most of what I've tried just didn't maintain my interest. Just when I thought I'd given up on historical fiction, I found "Black Cross." Now my mind has changed.
My main interest in history currently is WW2, so this book caught my attention. I have to say that it kept my interest throughout the whole book, and was quite suspenseful. The narrator did a great job with the accents and style of storytelling.
The main problem I had with the story was that some of the characters had similar sounding names. For instance, a main character is "Stern" and the another is "Schtern" or that's how it sounded. Then, ANOTHER character is named "Schurner" or "Scherner." You get what I'm saying. Although it didn't take long to differentiate who was who, I figured the author would make it a little easier for the listener (reader) to tell characters apart.
Other than the small problem I had referenced above, the book is definitely worth trying out. Especially if you're just trying out historical fiction and like WW2. I'd say yes, give it a shot.