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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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    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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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-27-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-27-12
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    "One of the best I have ever heard!!!!"

    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.....

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 10-21-12
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fast paced WW2 Espionage"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Cross the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stern. His past and what motivates him.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is a master narrator. His accents and female voice overs are excellent.


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    Gordon Roseville, CA, United States 08-31-12
    Gordon Roseville, CA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding intrigue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutly. It was the most riveting book I have listened to yet.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job, I thought there was at least three voices.


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    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 08-21-12
    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 08-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Worth Listening To"

    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.

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    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12
    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic"

    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
    11-22-63
    Lonesome Dove

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    Columbia Pete 08-17-12 Member Since 2007

    I'm Pete

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    "A very good WWII story of espionage and daring"
    If you could sum up Black Cross in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Black Cross to and why?

    I would compare it to Ken Follett's Hornet Flight, another WWII novel about a secret mission behind enemy lines.


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

    Rachel was a resilient, remarkable woman to endure what she did and the deep love she had for her two children.


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    ciociosan Lousiburg, NC, United States 08-06-12
    ciociosan Lousiburg, NC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011

    ciociosan

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    "Fantastic"

    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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    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-06-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fantastic story - hard to put down"
    Where does Black Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the top 20


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

    Yes - it was a roller coaster ride almost from the beginning,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When our hero descends into the concentration camp.


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

    James Bond before James Bond!


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I pretty much knew the outcome - the story was fantastically written and had a great sense of anticipation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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