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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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    "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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    Eric Raymond Spanish Fork, UT, United States 09-02-11
    Eric Raymond Spanish Fork, UT, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "All I can say is WOW!"

    Even if you don't love WWII or war stories, you should give this one a try. The storyline is amazing and the characters are superb. The narrator does an impressive job covering all the variety of voices and accents. I was really drawn into the story from the beginning and it only gets better with each chapter. This story will make you appreciate the freedom we have and the sacrifices that were made to derail evil during this dark period of our history. I've only listened to about 8 Audible audiobooks since I joined earlier this year, but this is by far the best book I've listened to both in terms of the story and the narration. I highly recommend this book. Greg Iles is a fabulous author!

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    Yvonne Burnet, TX, United States 08-18-11
    Yvonne Burnet, TX, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Black Cross"

    I'm hooked on Greg Iles books. I really enjoy every book I've read which is all but one or two. He tells great stories and they are all different. What a talent.

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    Peggy Shiloh, IL, United States 04-16-11
    Peggy Shiloh, IL, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG this was great!"

    This was a real nail biter for me. Great read/listen. Lots of twists and turns.

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    Christine 03-16-11
    Christine 03-16-11
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    "very engaging, well-read"

    This is among the most engaging audio novels I have listened to so far--complex and relatable characters, dramatic setting, unexpected plot twists, lots of action. It was well-read--the inflection and pacing were excellent, and accents distinctive and credible.

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    Holli Woodland Hills, CA, United States 02-15-11
    Holli Woodland Hills, CA, United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book from a favorite author"

    This was a surprise. I have become a big Greg Iles fan, my first book being "Footprints of God". All of his other novels (that I've read) have been set primarily in the South. This one starts there for about a minute, then the rest is WW II England and Germany. Although much of the set up of the novel is a bit improbable, it's a great story and very well told. I was on the edge of the driver's seat for hours. The climax scene took almost half the book! He is so good at grabbing the readers attention and not letting go. One thing I really liked in this WW II novel is the character of Jonas, who represents a strong, capable Jew who strikes back on behalf of the millions of Jews who were victimized. It was nice to see, even if symbolic. I also liked that the message that just being German, just being a Jew, American, Englishman, etc didn't mean you were required to play your part for your team. There are ways to stand up for what is right, even when what is right is so hard to see. I would recommend this.

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 02-11-11
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 02-11-11 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "A terrific suspense novel"

    I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but this is the first one that had me wanting to drive around in my car (where I listen) just to keep the story going. It's extremely suspenseful; the last couple of hours are almost unbearably intense. Because some of it takes place in a WWII concentration camp, it is at times quite graphic and hard to take, but I don't think he was being sensational, just conveying the depths of horror that some people had to endure in that place and time. The reader is absolutely wonderful, does a great job with all the accents and differentiating between the characters, and I didn't notice a single edit, remarkable in a book of this length. Highly recommended.

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