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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (March 14 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340836628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340836620
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Drawing upon his rich imagination as well as the stories related to him by his father and five uncles, all of whom served in World War II, Ross debuts with a suspenseful what-might-have-been scenario.

In the days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor American Tom Wall spends his days in a British hospital where he's recovering from wounds and shell shock. What he does know with certainty is that his brother, Earl, is a traitor who turned in information about Tom's unit in Crete to the Nazis. His one desire is to find Earl.

Obviously, he needs to be out of the hospital to do this and his only way of release is to agree to impersonate Earl and find out from Nazi spy, Sondegger, exactly what Sondegger knows about the upcoming Japanese attack and how this information will be sent to the Germans.

Sondegger is not a pushover and soon Tom and Sondegger are matching more than wits.

Stage, television and screen actor Holter Graham offers an exemplary reading of this tale of espionage, as he details the days, the hours prior to the horrendous assault on Pearl Harbor.

- Gail Cooke
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Interesting "What if..." which could have changed history Sept. 17 2005
By Tom Houlihan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting story about spies, intelligence gathering, and casualties of war. It's not overly long, and relatively easy to read. Although I pride myself on a pretty good vocabulary, there were a few times I had to go to the dictionary, as Ross managed to pull out some words that are rarely used!

The story was pretty interesting. Although I hope it's fiction, there was a certain level of plausibility in the plot. Essentially, the Germans found out about the Japanese plans to attack Pearl Harbor. Knowing that the last thing they needed was U.S. entry into the war, the Germans decided on a way to derail the plans of their Allies. What follows is the German effort to convince the Americans that they are threatened, while certain British interests don't want the message to get through.

Initially, the only problem I had was with character development. Some of the characters seemed to be very hollow, or shallow. However, by the time I finished, I felt that the lack of information for the reader was supposed to reflect the confusion and lack of knowledge of the protagonist, Tom Wall.

When reading a thriller like this, there are certain events, or sequences that are expected to happen. It's the nature of the beast, so to speak. However, Ross handles the plot line in a good way. The hurdles and pitfalls don't always happen in the way you would expect.

I enjoyed reading this story. I wouldn't have minded at all if it was a little longer. In that this is the author's first book, he's done a good job. It gives the reader a different kind of "what if," and I'd recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fast-paced WWII Thriller July 15 2005
By Constance - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally go in for books like this, but I found I couldn't put Double Cross Bind down. Yes, it's a World War II thriller, and we all know how WWII turned out, but Ross successfully takes us back to a time when no one knew what dramas were ahead - when the outcome of the war was impossible to predict. The tension, the high stakes, the sense of a life that was so different from ours all come through. The details that give a sense of place and time are all there, but they don't weigh the narrative down. It is a quick, exciting read and I recommend it unreservedly.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An OK read. Feb. 24 2006
By Stephen A. Dennis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book after reading a favorable review. I read the book with mixed emotions. It was an interesting story and a fast read. But I found the protagonist's ablity to be mugged, tortured, cut and generally beat up and then bounce back and zoom all over wartime London subduing the bad guys a bit hard to believe. His resilience makes James Bond look like an amature.

It's a good vacation read as long as you don't take the participants too seriously.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An interesting plot in need of a better writer Sept. 17 2005
By DL Simmons - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An interesting "what if" premise made tedious by less than inspired and very choppy writing. As this is his first book one can forgive the author, but not his editor. The writer is overly fond of evanescence in its various forms. Such a distinctive word used several times is annoying and should have caught the attention of an experienced editor. And by the way, the hero can certainly take a licking and keep on ticking...again and again and again. A few less descriptive beatings might have left a little more room for character development which is very much needed. One of the reasons I got the book was the glowing blurb by Daniel Silva. What was he thinking?