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Greg Iles , Dick Hill
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14 Oct 2014
Two Allied agents lead a covert mission into the dark heart of the Third Reich. Their goal is to ensure a D-Day victory for the Allies. They must find an unimaginably terrible weapon and commit an unthinkable act of destruction - all in the name of peace.
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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (14 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491542950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491542958
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 13.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from Ole Miss in 1983. His thirteen New York Times bestselling novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide. He lives in Natchez with his two teenage children.

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Praise for Greg Iles:

‘A scorching read’ John Grisham

‘Iles is a phenomenal thriller writer’ Independent on Sunday

‘An engrossing page-turning ride’ Jeffery Deaver

‘A rarity. A thriller that really thrills’ Stephen King

‘Alarming, believable, and utterly consuming’ Dan Brown

‘Splendidly creepy … compulsive’ Daily Telegraph

‘An incredible web of intrigue and suspense, an avalanche of action from first page to last’ Clive Cussler

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Greg Iles is the author of thirteen international bestselling novels, including Turning Angel, True Evil, Third Degree and the New York Times No.1 bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl.

His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published worldwide in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

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Format:Paperback
I usually avoid schlocky thrillers, but have a weakness for those that are WWII-related, and so I picked this one up. The plot addresses the real-life question of why the Nazis didn't use chemical weapons (notably nerve gas) during D-Day or thereafter. The fictional answer proposed here is a commando raid engineered by British SOE on a German concentration camp/chemical lab with the threefold objective of demonstrating the Allied willingness to use gas themselves, bluffing the amount and effectiveness of the Allied nerve gas supply, and stealing a sample of the Germans' newest and deadliest nerve gas (Soman) in order to reverse-engineer it. As a premise, this is decent enough -- but the execution falls rather flat.

Since the Americans have flatly refused to sanction the commando action, SOE are forced to use non-British agents, namely a Polish Jew Zionist guerilla/terrorist (who apparently appeared in Iles' previous book), and an American pacifist chemical engineer, with the help of some Swedish and Polish partisans. The story alternates between the recruitment and training of the odd-couple commandos, and the drama unfolding within the camp as a beautiful, newly arrived Dutch Jew struggles to protect herself and her children. These separate storylines are stitched together with the clockwork precision one usually encounters in such thrillers.

However one is hard-pressed to become emotionally engaged with any of this since characters entirely one-dimensional. This is probably the largest flaw with the book, though by no means the only one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Period novel with modern day writing 27 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I would probably not have read this book as soon as I learned it was set in WWII as I'm not a fan of historical based fiction. But, assured of a riveting read by herself, I endured. It begins at an average pace, as a tale beign told by an elderly man, and while it describes some unlikely situations (including encounters by our main characters with v senior government personnel), as soon as the plot switches to Nazi occupied Germany, it absolutely takes off. And doesn't let up. I loved how convincingly Iles paints the images of the nazi concentration camp and surrounding areas and creates villains and heroes which you can easily appreciate in your mind's eye. The plot is gripping, well researched and fantastically imagined and you will quickly forget the fact it is set during the 2nd world war as it has the pop and whizz of any modern day thriller. I assure you, you will not put this book down once you begin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING 23 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
This is without doubt one of greg iles finest books,it grips you from the very beginning right up to the very end.Set near the latter part of the second world war you get all your baddies and good guys, and a totally riveting storyline.The characters can be a bit bland but overall its still a good read,hence only four stars.So go out and buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling subject but bogged down 17 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
The subject matter is horrific but written with enough candour and sensitivity to capture the horrors and the minute hope of the Nazi Concentration Camp(s) in WWII.
You felt that much of the historical background was an an accurate portrayal of these horrifying events, which made the story more chilling.
He also did a commendable job in both portraying the different factions (Jew, Nazi, British, American) and captured the story in hand about Nazi Germany in WWII without ever being too gruesome or cloying.
Without giving too much away about the story it is told to us by a Rabbi, who describes the story to the son of the principal character.
The Rabbi tells the son that he must tell him the entire story, otherwise the end would not be believable.
The essence of the plot concerns persuading a German/Jew and an American Doctor/Scientist to join together to stop a Nazi poison gas attack against the D-Day Allied troops.
Their mission is to spread poison gas and kill all the prisoners of a concentration camp where the Germans were getting ready to give their high command, including Himmler no less, a demonstration of how effective nerve gas can be.
If successful and Hitler buys its effectiveness it is believed that he would sanction its use at the D-Day Landings.
You get to "meet" Winston Churchil early on and he intuitively fears the posibility that the Germans will use poison gas on the invasion of Normandy Beach and he mastermands this elite force to combat this threat.
The book details how lethal the nerve gases the Germans have developed such as Soman and Sarin which, BTW, was classsed as a "weapon of mass destruction".
The insidious nature of nerves gases, such as these, which are odourless and fast acting are absolutely horrific.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat confusing - and too coincidental 18 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a well-written book set in the middle of the Second World War and involves Nazi experiments with poison gas and other atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish people. It provides a stark depiction of the horrendous experimentation performed in the name of medical science and the appalling treatment meted out to a nation perceived by the Nazi machine as being sub-human. For that reason alone, the book is worth reading. I've only given it three stars for three reasons. First, because to me the core of the plot didn't really make sense. Second, because of the unbelievable coincidence of the man being sent to kill everyone in the concentration camp suddenly finding that his own father was one of the inmates. And, third, because I got really confused in the final stages, with all sorts of extremely unlikely events taking place and because, despite re-reading some sections more than once, I still had no clear idea about what was supposed to be happening.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at a thriller.
Set in January 1944 Churchill decides on a desperate mission to ensure the Nazi's do not use Poison gas on the D-day beaches and stop the liberation of Western Europe. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chopper
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction meets non-fiction?
This is the first book by Mr Isles that I have picked up and more than likely my last. For a while I thought I was onto a winner but very quickly was disappointed to find that I... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Wibblah
2.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling pace but filled with cliches
I bought this book as I had read and enjoyed Deep Sleep by the same author which is an excellent thriller, unfortunately, this was not a wise choice as I was very disappointed by... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2004 by Elizabeth Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing roller coaster of a book
This book had me hooked from the first page. The story is amazing, heartfelt, heartbreaking. The characters are wonderful and interact beautifully. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2003 by E. Mumford
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-off classic
Authentic and gripping, this is a peerless thriller, exploring the savagery of war, and peering into the horror of the Holocaust. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2003 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down
I bought this as a holiday book, and it ruined the first few days of my holiday because I could not put it down! Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2003 by D. J. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great research and imagination puts this book among the best
I have read this book 5 times and it still manages to take my breath away. The way Greg takes fiction and combines it with true facts is outstanding and makes it a marker for any... Read more
Published on 7 May 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm not a great book reader and often find it difficult to get into a book. I though Black Cross was nailbiting and whenever I put the book down I couldn't wait until the next... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2000
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