Black Cross (World War Two #1)
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 a...more
Gas! Gas! Quick Boys!
My 11th grade history class (Modern Euro) was a pretty lackluster affair. However, it did introduce me to one of the most memorable and powerful reflections on war I ...more
If you like action the action and adventure in a James Rollins Novel, the historical accuracy of Tim Powers and a tightly woven complex plot like in Robert Ludlum's books, you'll love this one. It's strange, the books I like the most, get the shortest reviews? (funny huh?)
The story is set in WWII England and Germany. The main character, a Doctor and Scientist who is also a pacifist, and one of the Allies leading experts on poison gas gets recruited for a risky mission with little chance of ...more
action novels just don't appeal to me from a reading standpoint but I love war movies.
But as you know by now I'm a big fan of Greg Iles so I owed it to myself to read this. It's pretty good. It's about an Allied missio ...more
I didn't want to put the book down and I really didn't want it to be over. Save for two characters, Sturm and Brandt, I felt some affinity to each and every character. I'd never want to be in the places that some of them found themselves, but it was hard not to imagine myself there.
Another fascinating aspect of the book is ...more
This is a slice of life story, about a young American doctor working for Britain during WWII. As a pacifist, he is happy doing research, but his unique background make him a prime cadidate for a "behind the lines" last ditch effort to reverse the potential ou ...more
The book is about two men, a Jewish militant and a American pacifist doctor, who are enlisted to go on a secret mission to Germany. They are to procure samples of prototype poison g ...more
The very last line written in this remarkable novel states
"Finally, I would ask young readers to realize that fifty years is not a long time." With this one line, Mr. Iles nails the important significance of novels such as "Black Cross".
Although a work of fiction, the atrocities and heroism within the pages of this novel are real. So many people, during this dark period, gave more than todays generation can ever know. It is with works such at this, along with other amazing nonfiction ...more
The portions of the story that take place inside the concentration camp are b ...more
Black Cross is the story of two men - one an American medical doctor and chemist; the other a Jewish resistance fighter - who are "convinced" (using rather nefarious means) by a British general (and Churchill) to undertake a 2-man mission to stop t ...more
In 1944 (in our fiction story) Churchill tried to get the US to agree to a show by demonstration to Hitler that we too had the poison gases. The US declined.
The British had stolen a small sample of Sarin; snuck it out of Germany and then re-developed it at Oxford University. Himmler wanted to use their gas to wipe out the ...more
There is latitude taken by ...more
Greg's novels have been translated into various languag ...more