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Black Cross Audiobook

Black Cross

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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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    JACKIE 03-26-13
    JACKIE 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Pleasant Surprise"
    Where does Black Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel. She was so strong and so humble.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Nothing I can pinpoint. Was just a pleasure to listen to.


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

    Life can make you change your beliefs.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Gregory 03-05-13
    Gregory 03-05-13
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    "Great Book!"
    What did you love best about Black Cross?

    Characters are Great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes... great WW2 story.


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

    The narrator is very effective.


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

    I had a hard time putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 03-04-13
    Patrick 03-04-13

    Et tu, Brute?

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    "One of the Better Historical Fiction Reads"

    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.

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    Kimberly Saint Charles, IL, United States 02-04-13
    Kimberly Saint Charles, IL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like WWII stories..."
    What did you love best about Black Cross?

    The blending of facts with fiction. It made for a story that could have very well been real.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really but there was a lot of attention paid to detail that did keep me very interested.


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

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If you like World War II stories this is one you should really give a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DWR Minnesota, USA 01-17-13
    DWR Minnesota, USA 01-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting but predictable."
    Would you listen to Black Cross again? Why?

    Probaily listen to it again after some time has passed, not right away.


    If you’ve listened to books by Greg Iles before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Iles book.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The Nazi characters were all well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Do all German names really start with "S"? Couldn't the author have come up with something else?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne 01-15-13
    Leanne 01-15-13
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    "Lost Interest"
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 12-29-12
    Penny 12-29-12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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