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
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
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
Isles does a great job of taking us inside the horror of the camp and the detainees as well as others who have been sucked into the vortex of the Naxi Jew-hating machine....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
The portions of the story that take place inside the concentration camp are b...more
The characters were completely believable and easy to relate to. An indication of a good book (to me anyway) is being...more
The main plot, however, is a real attention grabber once you get into it a bit. It's historically accurate (I checked) and terrifying as well. Makes you think about what could have happened to our world had the Nazi's won the war. It also made me appreciate how extraordinarily brave those who fought against the Germans were, especial...more
The story is really gripping and feels very plausible. The Characters are very well written especially Stern; Mc Connelly and Schörner. They come across as real people, neither completely good or bad but in the grey zone like most of us. The action sequences are the biggest flaw in the book, th...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
It does get a bit repetitive in the final third, though it does avoid monotony. I suppose both...more
Loved it! A suspe...more
I love the story telling style of a man learning about the heroic deeds of his father, that he was never told of while he was still alive. Jonas Stern (spelling?) was a cool character (who Iles uses again in his next book), and good compliment in this story.
The spin in this book seems to be the battle and importance that poisonous gas played in the outco...more
Greg's novels have been translated into various languag...more