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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Kim
  • Saint Charles, IL, United States
  • 02-04-13

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.

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  • DWR
  • Minnesota, USA
  • 01-17-13

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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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Really good story!

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

The narrator did an excellent job portraying the characters in the story, and handled the various accents well. I had previously listened to a story narrated by Dick Hill and found the narration terrible in accordance with the main character- must have just not found his niche with that one. I must say the narrator has more than redeemed himself with this story and I look forward to listening to another book narrated by Mr. Hill.

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

I don't think I've ever found a book I would be capable of sitting still for all day.

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Just not my cup of tea

What was most disappointing about Greg Iles’s story?

I read the reviews before I bought this book, and they were good. It could be that it just wasn't my kind of story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was flat and dull, maybe it would have been better with a different narrator.

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Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to Black Cross the most enjoyable?

It took me back into history while engrossing me in an amazingly satisfying tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stern - complex and mysterious

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Engrossing story.