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Black Cross (1995)

av Greg Iles

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It is January 1944 a " 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 a " no matter how many lives may be losta ]including their own. a oestunninga ].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.a a " Booklist… (mer)
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If you have a weak stomach, this is not the novel for you. However, if you do decide to pass it over, you will be missing an incredible read.

What characters there are in this book, from real life to fictional, and all are woven together to create people that the reader will either be 100% with throughout, or really want t see them come to a grizzly end. Despite them all been based in the WWII era, and everyone knows the outcome of this war, it doesn’t stop the reader from immediately connecting with anyone of a number of the principal players in this plot. It does take some time to get to know the characters but the wait is well worth it and the journey to the reader learning about them and their motivations adds a great deal to the plot. There really isn’t a great deal more I can say about the characters in this book without beginning to include spoilers in this review; one thing I will say though is that it was very refreshing to read some very strong female characters and to travel their path with them to its conclusion, and many times the ‘who will you choose?’ question raises its ugly head, and they have to make that choice.

This novel is a very solid and well researched piece of historical fiction with, as I mentioned earlier, fact woven seamlessly into the fiction. Some of the facts included actually had me doing research myself into them once I had finished the book and this is always a good thing. Although this could be listed as a holocaust book, the action does not take place entirely in a camp and when it does it is not the usual kind of camp we read about. The descriptions of the horrific things that took place in this camp to not just Jews actually made my stomach turn at some points and I am far from being squeamish. It is not a fast paced book by any stretch of the imagination, but this is good as when the action takes place it leaves the reader breathless and wanting to read on. I loved the ending to this book, in fact I think it was my favourite part; there were no neat ribbon tied packages that gave closure, but a image of hope for the future which epitomised everything those had participated in this war fought for.

I would highly recommend this book to any and all readers.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/09/19/review-black-cross-world-war-two-1-greg-il...




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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
One of my favorite Iles books! ( )
  TiffanyHow | Oct 3, 2017 |
Twists, turns, non-stop suspense. This book has it all. Lies is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. 600 pages of World War II fiction that dwarfs "The Guns of Navarone." ( )
  VashonJim | Sep 5, 2015 |
Reading this it is hard to believe it isn't a real account of actual events so complete is the background detail and the use of real figures such as Churchill and Eisenhower in fictional encounters. A thoroughly gripping, credible story of desperate British attempts to prevent the Nazis from using their considerable poison gas expertise during the forthcoming Allied landings in France and the brave few who helped. Had been reading the denouement up until 1:30 in the morning! Highly recommended. ( )
  edwardsgt | Dec 6, 2014 |
This book is quite an adventure. The author packs in adventures and well-drawn characters into a book that is richly detailed. The book is long, but everything in it has a place. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times, wondering what else could happen to our two main characters. I greatly enjoyed the addition of a strong female character for the final battle of the story. The end seemed realistic and fitting. Not every character gets a happy ending, or even survives at the end. But for a novel set during WWII, it is fitting. ( )
  LISandKL | Jun 1, 2014 |
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It is January 1944 a " 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 a " no matter how many lives may be losta ]including their own. a oestunninga ].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.a a " Booklist

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