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.
"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)
It took me back into history while engrossing me in an amazingly satisfying tale.
Stern - complex and mysterious
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.
If the friend enjoys historical fiction, sure!
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!
I have not, though I would.
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.
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.
This is truly an amazing story that pushes your emotions in all different directions. Choosing Dick Hill as the narrator was crucial as the story is simply wonderful but he adds a little to it with his voice. It is a very very very good book. It is a little disturbing since it is about the Nazi's but the characters are great and they each stand on their own. You dont know what is going to happen, who is going to survive, who is going to make it and so on. The action sequences are great and on could go on and on about this book. Take a listen and get ready to take a trip.....
The swift pace and descriptions of landscapes and inanimate objects which were all very important to telling this story. The characters are colourful yet not over constructed.
Stern. His past and what motivates him.
Dick Hill is a master narrator. His accents and female voice overs are excellent.
Absolutly. It was the most riveting book I have listened to yet.
He did an excellent job, I thought there was at least three voices.
Gosh, this was a good book, even though I am not a World War II buff. There is no better narrator than Dick Hill. In fact, he is the reason I bought this book at all, I love him so. You get so caught up in his characters, you forget it is just one narrator. This is a story of a rescue of woman and children from a Nazi medical experiment camp. It is so full of twists and turns that it keeps you on your toes. The rescue is very dramatic, and there is an epilogue of surprising plot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense.
This book, and Dick Hill's narration, truly deserve the 5 star reviews. We were completely captivated by the story and Dick Hill's voice. While there is some violence in the story, none of it is too graphic, and violence IS part of the story. It's a war story after all.
Greg Iles develops the characters beautifully...they become real. There are twists and turns to the plot, and throughout you are pulling for the characters to accomplish their mission. We were so wrapped up in the story we sat up into the wee hours of the night listening.
This is now on my list of books that stand out from a field...a field that incoludes many excellent books.
If you like this I recommend trying the following books. In a pack of A- books, these stand out as A+.
The Book Thief
A Brit and an American go behind enemy lines to destroy Hitler's poisonous gas factory before he has a chance to use the gas on them. The factory is located at a concentration camp which becomes a major component in the story.
I would compare it to Ken Follett's Hornet Flight, another WWII novel about a secret mission behind enemy lines.
Rachel was a resilient, remarkable woman to endure what she did and the deep love she had for her two children.
One of the best audio books and performances I've listened to so far!
Loved this book when I first read it years ago. Still love it!
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