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Black Cross Audiobook

Black Cross

It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.
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Publisher's Summary

It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force.

To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

©1995 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This stunning, horrifying, mesmerizing novel will keep readers transfixed from beginning to end....From the very first page, Greg Iles takes his readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride, juxtaposing tension-filled action scenes, horrifying depictions of savage cruelty, and heart-stopping descriptions of sacrifice and bravery. A remarkable story from a remarkable writer." (Booklist)
"A thriller that really thrills...on fire with suspense." (Stephen King)

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    Leanne 01-15-13
    Leanne 01-15-13
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was not interesting to me, so I stopped listening. I may continue it at a later date


    What could Greg Iles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more personal


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Sexy, silky, interesting


    Did Black Cross inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    mary winston 01-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "WWII; my favorite genre"
    If you could sum up Black Cross in three words, what would they be?

    Good Guys Win!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel; her will to survive


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! He is quite talented!


    Any additional comments?

    I am shocked at man's inhumanity to man.

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    "5 stars for sure!"

    My second Greg Iles book--what a writer! The story line just flowed and flowed--never bogged down. Dick Hill has always been one of my favorite narrators. He brought this book to life! Lately I have "gotten into" Holocost books---a subject we never should allow to drift away from history. Very powerful book and characters not to be forgotten soon.

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    Magpie Southern California 12-29-12
    Magpie Southern California 12-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding Narrator, Story a Bit Long"

    The narrator delivers an incredible range of accents, for both male and female characters. The plot is very interesting and exciting, but the story really started to drag about two thirds of the way through.

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    Suzanne 12-26-12
    Suzanne 12-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "He combined every suspense storyline."
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    my husband insists that I try one more Iles book before giving up


    Would you recommend Black Cross to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, too long, too many storylines


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Easy to listen to.


    Did Black Cross inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    BH 12-25-12
    BH 12-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good story!"
    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did an excellent job portraying the characters in the story, and handled the various accents well. I had previously listened to a story narrated by Dick Hill and found the narration terrible in accordance with the main character- must have just not found his niche with that one. I must say the narrator has more than redeemed himself with this story and I look forward to listening to another book narrated by Mr. Hill.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think I've ever found a book I would be capable of sitting still for all day.


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    Sandra 12-20-12
    Sandra 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just not my cup of tea"
    What was most disappointing about Greg Iles’s story?

    I read the reviews before I bought this book, and they were good. It could be that it just wasn't my kind of story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was flat and dull, maybe it would have been better with a different narrator.


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    Angela willis 12-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Cross the most enjoyable?

    It took me back into history while engrossing me in an amazingly satisfying tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stern - complex and mysterious


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I thought his reading and accents were great. However several major characters have similar sounding names - that is the one complaint I have about this book. It took awhile to distinguish the similar sounding names. But that's not the narrator's fault.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Engrossing story.


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    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-04-12
    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-04-12
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    "Buildup to satisfying ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the friend enjoys historical fiction, sure!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Since WWII is so well known to me, I think the initial premise was a bit out there, which took a bit away from the beginning, but the ending was great!


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, though I would.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was like a roller coaster. A big buildup, but the exciting part of the ride was pretty short. However, also like roller coasters, this is not a red flag. The ending was very fast paced and exciting, and the book was performed rather well, with only a few questionable acting choices.

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    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 12-03-12
    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Greg Iles once again shows his brilliance"

    It seems to me that every time I read (listen to) a book by Greg Iles I'm struck by his genius. I've read a number of books about World War II and or the holocaust. This one stands out as one of the best. Of course I know that World War II and and the holocaust actually occurred. I don't know if the Nazi's were planning to combat the allied invasion of Europe, but I do know that they did invent nerve gas. I also know that nerve gas is the most toxic of all the chemical weapons available just as it was during World War II. In this book Greg Iles inserts his characters into a historical setting with an imaginative plot. Listening to this book requires more than a little concentration and still I think it will take more than one listen to get everything out of this book so I'll absolutely be listening to this book again.

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