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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.
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Old Hippy on 04-24-10

Really good WW II yarn

A top secret raid to stop the Nazis from producing a gas WMD, well-written and expertly narrated. Oh, one could quibble about a number of details, and there's the usual bang-bang-blow everything up ending, tailor-made for todays tired formula-driven movie scripts. I suspect the real Nazi SS were not quite as incompetent and they certainly did a far more effective job of running a concentration camp than depicted here. Still, be not afraid - this is a good story, made even better by Hill's reading and voices.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CBDC on 04-05-10

Feels real

While the afterward says BLACK CROSS is a work of fiction (and there are parts of it that clearly are), the depiction of abuse, of cruelty, and of random selection in the Nazi concentration camp central to this story feels real. Greg Iles' research into the reality and history that lie behind his novels and fictions is extraordinary. I learned things about the war and about myself. The book is not depressing, but powerful.

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