This was a surprise. I have become a big Greg Iles fan, my first book being "Footprints of God". All of his other novels (that I've read) have been set primarily in the South. This one starts there for about a minute, then the rest is WW II England and Germany. Although much of the set up of the novel is a bit improbable, it's a great story and very well told. I was on the edge of the driver's seat for hours. The climax scene took almost half the book! He is so good at grabbing the readers attention and not letting go. One thing I really liked in this WW II novel is the character of Jonas, who represents a strong, capable Jew who strikes back on behalf of the millions of Jews who were victimized. It was nice to see, even if symbolic. I also liked that the message that just being German, just being a Jew, American, Englishman, etc didn't mean you were required to play your part for your team. There are ways to stand up for what is right, even when what is right is so hard to see. I would recommend this.
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I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but this is the first one that had me wanting to drive around in my car (where I listen) just to keep the story going. It's extremely suspenseful; the last couple of hours are almost unbearably intense. Because some of it takes place in a WWII concentration camp, it is at times quite graphic and hard to take, but I don't think he was being sensational, just conveying the depths of horror that some people had to endure in that place and time. The reader is absolutely wonderful, does a great job with all the accents and differentiating between the characters, and I didn't notice a single edit, remarkable in a book of this length. Highly recommended.
Sadly, as a rule, I rarely write a review, I just listen and move on, but after listening to Black Cross, I felt it my duty to let others know just how great this book is. Out of the 250+ Audible books that I have purchased over the years, I would rate this one as one of the best that I have ever listened to. I look forward to listening to the rest of Mr. Iles books, and if they are even half as good as this one was, I'd consider them to be worthy of my credits. I noticed one reviewer being critical of the narrator. I couldn't disagree more. There are a number of character's to keep up with in this complex novel, and Mr. Hill does an absolutely incredible job making them easy for the listener to keep track of and recognize and to me, the accents were spot on.
I just completed this Audiobook and was saddened to see it end. Very few books have kept me as intrigued as this one. I couldn't put my Ipod down and enjoyed every moment of this fascinating story. The plot was suspensful, the pace perfect, and the characters believable. While portions of the story were difficult to listen to, especially the treatment of the Camp prisoners, it was a realistic portrayal of the cruelty suffered by many. Dick Hill did an amazing job a narrator -- his accents varied and perfect. I wholehearted recommend this audiobook and give it 5 stars!
I usually listen to books while I'm doing other things such as cleaning house or running errands. So at times I can be distracted and miss a portion of a book. This was a book that held my attention and was so exciting. Very good and well worth credits or money spent. I am now a big fan of Greg Iles and I'm going to look for other books.
I have listened to over 125 unabridged books, and this is in the top 3, if not THE best. The narration is excellent, especially with the German accents. The characters and vivid, the action intense, and the book has good pace.
I am not usually a fan of WWII books but my husband loved this one and badgered me into reading it. The book grabbed me at the very beginning and didn't let go until the last words! Dick Hill as always did a great job reading. I look forward to more from Greg Iles.
Black Cross by Greg Iles was an excellent book regarding the struggles and deaths of chemical victims by Germany's medical doctors in the surround of World War II. It was very well written and a good read.
This was a great story! Could not stop listening. AND - Dick Hill is the best narrator! He does read the books he tells the story!
This is a book that both genders can and will appreciate hearing. Sometimes is was very difficult to hear what horrible abuses were done to the Jews, Christians and many other refugees in the concentration camps and we will never now how many hero's there was who helped them. It's a very powerful and well written and narrated book.