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When a young Atlanta physician attends the funeral of the grandparents who raised him, he is approached by a silver-haired rabbi who claims to have known his grandfather well. Returning together to the family home, they open his grandfather's safe. There they discover four mysterious objects - the relics of a man haunted by something he did one winter night in 1944 - an act that brought him unparalleled honors, but left wounds in his soul that would never heal. As the story of these secret souvenirs unfolds, the ...
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When a young Atlanta physician attends the funeral of the grandparents who raised him, he is approached by a silver-haired rabbi who claims to have known his grandfather well. Returning together to the family home, they open his grandfather's safe. There they discover four mysterious objects - the relics of a man haunted by something he did one winter night in 1944 - an act that brought him unparalleled honors, but left wounds in his soul that would never heal. As the story of these secret souvenirs unfolds, the grandson's concept of honor is stretched to the breaking point and his notion of heroism redefined forever. In January 1944, four people held the fate of the world in their hands. They were not statesmen or generals, but an American doctor, a German nurse, a Zionist killer, and a young Jewish widow. At the command of Winston Churchill, these four strangers are brought together in a place almost beyond imagination. It is a small SS-run concentration camp serving as the incubator for a weapon of staggering lethality - a weapon U.S. General Omar Bradley later admitted could have wiped out the D-day invasion force on Omaha Beach. What they are forced to do in the name of victory - and survival - demonstrates with terrible clarity that in a world where all is at stake, war has no rules.

It is 1944. The world awaits the Allied invasion of Europe. Churchill has learned that Nazi scientists have developed Sarin--a new weapon that could turn the tide for Hitler. Two men--a pacifist American doctor and a fanatical Jewish assassin--must embark on a murderous mission into Germany. Their target--a human hell where Jews fuel Hitler's last hope.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Henceforth, any recommended reading list of thrillers about commando raids behind enemy lines will have to include this second novel by Iles (Spandau Phoenix), who has come up with an action-packed yet thoughtful yarn about a mission to stop the Nazi development of two new poison gases, Sarin and Somin, in a small concentration camp. Mark McConnell, a pacifist American doctor and poison-gas researcher, and Jonas Stern, a Zionist assassin, are chosen by the British to attack the camp. They are instructed to kill all its occupants (including the inmates) by unleashing Britain's own meager supply of Sarin, and to return with information about the manufacture of the gases. The story of McConnell and Stern's training and raid alternates with that of several people interned in the camp, among them Stern's father. The two strands come together in a swift and moving story about mercy, sacrifice and the horrors of war. The mission's purpose is problematic: Would Britain's use of Sarin to kill everyone at the camp really have convinced Himmler to discontinue further research and to persuade Hitler never to use poison gas for fear of Allied retaliation? But Iles builds suspense around the mission itself, not its aftermath, and winds up with an unusually resonant, gripping thriller that's a strong bet for bestsellerdom. Literary Guild alternate; audio rights to Penguin HighBridge; author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal
After Dr. Mark (Mac) McConnell dies, his grandson discovers the American pacifist had served the war effort 50 years ago: D-Day is imminent when British Prime Minister Churchill learns that the Nazis have a ``Black Cross'' class of deadly nerve gases. The British coerce Mac, then a defensive chemical warfare researcher at Oxford, into accompanying a battle-hardened Zionist to execute a plan to convince the Germans that the British also have the gas. Mac and his accomplice must penetrate the German concentration camp where the gases are being developed and tested, then destroy the camp with the Allies' own tiny supply of Black Cross gas. Aided by a German nurse, they pull off the improbable plot. Like Iles's previous book, Spandau Phoenix (LJ, 4/15/93), this is graphically violent and fast paced, but it is more tightly written and better focused than that first novel, which was a New York Times best seller in paperback. A tribute to World War II valor and sacrifice, this suspenseful, above average thriller is recommended for popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/94.].-V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441811417
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Iles
Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany. He founded the band Frankly Scarlet, plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, and is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Blood Memory and 24 Hours. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

Biography

Greg Iles has led a sort of double life as a novelist. His first books, based on extrapolations from real events in World War II, earned him an initial following, but his very modern crime novels are what currently hold his -- and his readers' -- focus. His tight pacing and chilling, innovative concepts have made him especially attractive to Hollywood, which has optioned and/or expressed interest in several of his books.

Iles's first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was about the secret escape of a Nazi soldier and the chilling plot related in his discovered diaries. It was a mixed success critically, earning praise for its premise but low marks on style. Since then, Iles has clearly developed as a novelist, and branched out in themes too.

With his second novel, Black Cross, Iles displayed more of a voice and more streamlined plotting in his story of a conspiracy to use the Nazi's own weapons against them. Those first two titles did become bestsellers; but by the time Iles shifted gears to write crime thrillers set in his native Mississippi, he found himself getting even more attention -- and better reviews. His next two books, Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game, remain his personal favorites. Iles was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy, in 1961. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and played guitar in a rock band for several years before trying his hand at writing novels.

Moving from screenplays to thrillers to speculative historical fiction, Iles continues to stretch as a writer. He also indulges his love for music (he once played guitar in the band Frankly Scarlet) by performing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, an author side project that includes writers Stephen King, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan

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After graduation from college, Iles worked as an x-ray and lab technician for his father, dug ditches, and worked as a professional guitarist and singer.

Iles has the ability to be gloomily prophetic, but not intentionally. In an online chat in 1997, a fan pointed out that some real-life Internet-related murders had followed his Mortal Fear. Iles responded: "A lot of my books have been that way. My World War II thriller about Sarin gas [Black Cross] was published two months before the Sarin attack in the Japanese subway. There are very weird coincidences out there. And I do have one surefire plot I have not and probably never will write, because of my fear someone will carry it out."

Iles's wife is a high-school sweetheart whom he married when he was 29.

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    1. Hometown:
      Natchez, Mississippi
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stuttgart, Germany
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983
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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Iles knows how to keep the pages turning

    A great novel set against the backdrop of WW 2. The story is aptly described in other reviews, so I'll use my review to laud Iles as a unique author who can weave wonderful stories across different genres. Check out The Footprints of God, Blood Memory, Dead Sleep as evidence and Spandau Phoenix to return to the Nazi theme.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great Book

    I enjoy all of Greg's books and this one did not disappoint I would recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. The plot while fiction has a terrifying ring of truth to it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    If you like reading and story telling this is a.....

    MASTERPIECE WORK !!!!! Greg Iles is the best writer I have ever known. No wonder!! He plays in a band with Stephen King and other writers, Ha!
    Just gota read this and all his other books you will just love this author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    amazing!

    I got this book for my husband who loves it. When he finished it he said i HAD to read it. I was pretty skeptical at first, thinking its not my style of reading or whatever. But man was i wrong. This book pulls you in through its amazing story, and continues to pull and pull until your nearing the end and cant put it down. The characters have real feelings and emotions that play out into real people during a time period where many people were emotionless and turned their head the other way. I am now sending this book to my dad to read and recommending it to just about everyone i know. There is a lot of information to take in so it feels like you've been reading forever, but its definitely worth it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2009

    An exercise in inaccuracy and revisionism

    I was initially shocked by the promotion of the Haganah by this book (to the layman: a Zionist terror group of the period dedicated to violence against Arabs and the British), and the anti-Arab sentiments promoted by it. Its amazing that while condemning one form of anti-semitism it actively promotes the other.

    Beyond that the inaccuracies were horrible. Mundane details like uniform colors were wrong. Did they even address why a Waffen SS officer was at a Concentration Camp and not the front?

    Its like the author wrote this novel with research from a cursory glance at wikipedia. Sure he tells a lively story full of drama and characters, but at what expense? The promotion of brutal terrorists and complete inaccuracies of sometimes the most fundamental nature.

    I cannot recommend this book for anyone because to do so is to encourage them to misunderstand history and further deep-rooted misconceptions about the formation of today's conflict between Arabs and Jews.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Decent Story

    I've read several other Greg Iles books and have always previously enjoyed the twists they take.. This book was an good read.. It just didn't have the same suspense level I'd come to expect. Liked very much the opening into the story and expected more back and forth during the story which never happened, so that was a litle disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    A Must Read

    Spandau Phoenix, Black Cross and Blood Memory....absolute must-reads....they're so good, you'll go back and re-read them after several years...I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Black Cross by Greg Isles

    This is an excellent book. It took a bit to read it but was worth the time and effort I spent to get through it. It really made me stop and think all the way through. I had to remember history and then remind myself that it really was a book and then I had to convince myself that it really could be that way! It was hard to put down because of all the details involved. Excellent book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    best ww ii novel

    Perhaps the best ww ii novel I have ever read! A diverse and complex set of characters are made very real. Brings to life the cruelty of the camps like nothing I've ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    good book

    good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    greatest war book i have ever read

    BLACK CROSS, based in 1944, takes you on a journey of a young man trying to get revenge on the germans for killing his brother, and another man who is fighting for vengeance for his fathers death in the concentration camp totenhausen. All this to just find themselves to see the first level of hell on earth, only to see the hidden truth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Another favorite book

    This book was so well written. Great detail and i liked how the author switched from 1st to 3rd person. The book had a great storyline, plot, twists, characters, everything. Everything about this book was fantastic. I strongly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    if you're a wwII buff, this book has your name written all over it.

    great read, started off a bit slow i think, but otherwise very entertaining. some great twists and turns. makes you believe that this actually happend, the details are amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    In the same class as Demille and Ludlum

    I loved this book, I came across it by accident...just noticed it on the shelf while looking for something to read. The first page had me hooked, I had to take it everywhere with me just so I could read a few pages whenever I had the chance! This is the first book I have read by Greg Iles and I am on the way to get another one, Spandau Phoenix....I recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense,action and a little romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    A ROLLER COASTER RIDE OF THRILLS

    Voice performer Jay O. Saunders gives spellbinding reading to this sometimes horrifying always compelling tale of World War II. All eyes were on Europe in January, 1944, waiting for the Allied invasion of Europe. While elsewhere and known only to few a dramatic and life threatening scenario has begun. Winston Churchill has become aware that top Nazi scientists have produced Sarin, a ghastly new weapon, a nerve gas that could kill untold numbers. Obviously, this must be stopped and the one way to do it is chilling and dangerous. An unlikely pair, a pacifist Southern doctor and a Jewish assassin undertake this task. Their mandate is to destroy Sarin, no matter the cost, even the loss of their own lives. From opening words to final tape author and reader take listeners on a roller coaster ride of harrowing escapades and unimaginable terror.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    The Skeptic

    It was before our trip to big bear. i was at the mall and i was searching for book. I found this book in a corner all alone. It wasnt what i expected. The suspense kept me reading and anticipating while the strong emotions and events made me think and realize what kind of a world we live in. It also showed me that sacrifice is not just a word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    I couldn't stop reading it!!!

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I picked it up over Christmas break, and read it in three days. Iles's style is unparalled, and the story grabs you by the pants and forces you to hold on. From the Highlands of Scotland to concentration camps of Germany, 'Black Cross' fascinates the senses and delivers untold suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Great read - time well spent!

    WW II enthusiasts, spy-readers, thriller fans will not be disappointed. Author has a great writing style and gets the reader involved with the characters intimately. If you like books that, during reading, prompt you to think 'how the heck are they gonna get out of this?' many times and then deliver a plausible, interesting, thoughtful resoloution you will enjoy this book (and this Author).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Fascinating, Couldn't put it down

    One of the best war thrillers I've had the pleasure of reading. Style of writing is unique.

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    Posted November 11, 2011

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