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Black Cross | [Greg Iles]

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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    Peter Sumter, SC, United States 08-17-12
    Peter Sumter, SC, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2007
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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 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Michael Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-12
    Michael Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Cross to be better than the print version?

    I highly recommend this to everyone. Fantastic pace and as stated in the Headline a Great listen.


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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 07-09-12
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A good choice when looking for a change..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Cross to be better than the print version?

    Definitely, I can drive when hearing the story. I have started to tell friends, read a book if and let your imagination bring the story to life, much better than a 120 spliced movie or TV series. However, I listen to my books as I look forward to the narrator bringing the book to life and also allowing my imagination to paint the canvas. A little different, but very enjoyable for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical time period has been done soooo many times, is there a different story line? I have to say yes, I was pleasantly surprised.


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

    Of course, Dick Hill performances are very enjoyable.


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

    Yes, but I did not have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    A different approach to the story that did not displace the listener. Worth the credit.

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    Marianne United States 06-24-12
    Marianne United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "To Difficult To Stay With"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was just to hard to follow and I found it teadious


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Iles again?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't,it just was a boring book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can think of


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    k 06-20-12
    k 06-20-12
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    "OUTSTANDING"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Cross the most enjoyable?

    This is a book of fiction however, chemical warfare and the horrible acts the Nazi did to prisoners is true. Once you understand all the characters this listen keeps you hooked!!


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    Gman 06-13-12
    Gman 06-13-12
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    "Well done, well done indeed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an amazing story, though not a fun one. There is nothing light about the story, or the topic. We slow and can't tear our eyes from a bad car wreck, so it is with this book. It was told in such a way that it could almost pass as non-fiction. This is much like the book Flyboys, as it grasps the depth, intensity, horror, and sheer insanity of the world at war. Riviting like Saving Private Ryan, yet with hope and examples of the best of humanity. The narrator did well with the different voices, though not so well with his attempt of the distressed female. It's a war story, a thriller, a mystery and an intense plot. Well done in the way it weaves into history and believiblity. Books like this should be in our public schools, so we remember as a society how in modern times the world was almost destroyed. At the end the author makes some exceptionally important points, for we all owe more than we can imagine to so many we never knew. Well done Mr. Iles! Thank you for reminding us of that which we can never forget, for to do so would be at great peril.


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    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 06-06-12
    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 06-06-12 Member Since 2015

    I love listening audio books. I listen to between 20 and 25 per year while I work. Sure makes the days go fast.

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    "A Ture Page Turned. Another "Greg Iles"!"
    If you could sum up Black Cross in three words, what would they be?

    Good, Horrible, Terrifying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Cross?

    The activities in the German Concentration Camp. Horrifying and terrible; very eye opening.


    What about Dick Hill???s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill, one of my all time favorites, portrayed the characters, accents and all, to perfection. A master narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read a book about World War II, Germany, the concentration camps and our allies, even though this book is fiction, you should read it.

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    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 05-04-12
    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2014

    Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.

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    "Great World War II Drama - Loved It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they like WWII stories, yes, I would. It had all the right characteristics: clear danger, moral choices, Nazis, Jews, and Allies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realization that this story was being told to the grandchild of the main hero. It is often hard for us to think of our parents as normal people, and seeing him see that was interesting to me.


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

    I don't know, but when I lose track of the narrator, that is a good thing.


    If you could rename Black Cross, what would you call it?

    I can't do any better, sorry.


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