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Vicious Circle | [Wilbur Smith]

Vicious Circle

Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy behind the attack. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends and fellow warriors to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones. For he and Hazel have a child, a precious daughter, whom he will go to the ends of the earth to protect.
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Wilbur Smith returns with a heart-racing story of family secrets, greed, and revenge.

Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy behind the attack. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends and fellow warriors to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones. For he and Hazel have a child, a precious daughter, whom he will go to the ends of the earth to protect.

Soon, however, Hector learns that the threat comes not just from his old enemies, but also Hazel's. Brutal figures from her family's past - thought long gone - are returning, with an agenda so sinister that Hector realizes he is facing a new type of adversary. One whose deadly methods and dark secrets will lead Hector to a series of crimes so shocking that he has no choice but to settle the score.

©2013 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    C. Davis 11-22-13
    C. Davis 11-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wilbur Smith goes overboard"

    As a usual fan of all of Wilbur Smith novels I was disappointed. The prequel "Those In Peril" had a good story and a fair share of action without running amuck!

    A couple murders in this book were so sickly graphic as to be disturbing even to an old 70 year old. A good tale that went too far...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "not the best not the worst,"
    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    a. audible stop with your leading questions.
    b. While an ok book, it was extremely gory and not really very entertaining. I was at least able to finish this one, and I have stopped one other Smith book that just drug on.
    The characters are thin, the oration is ok, not great, and the long phase of the "history" re-cap lost me and I fast forwarded through that.
    Unfortunately, my iPhone jumped backwards, yet again, and I had to fast forward all over again. Any whooooo, I really liked one or two other books, but this one seemed stuck in writer re-cap land and it was hard to move on to the new story. When it did the characters jumped back n forth a good bit, which made it hard to keep my attention.
    Wish I wouldn't of wasted a credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    only after i read a lot of reviews.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    his american accents were juvenile and really didn't match the characters personality.
    very disconcerting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vicious Circle?

    the long history recap scenes, the gory murder episodes, his painful to listen to romance/sex scenes, which add nothing to the book IMHO, and his adulation for all british cars on every continent.
    I don't really care about which wine they drink with a spectacular made up meal.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I'll buy another Smith book. When they are bad, they are really bad, when they are mediocre, they are truly mediocre.
    This one is a re-cap that is mediocre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Hatter 05-08-15

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    "Horrid, couldn't get past the first chapter"
    Would you try another book from Wilbur Smith and/or John Lee?

    Based on this book, No I wouldn't. Narrator wasn't bad, but no one could make this writing worth listening to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    Probably not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I found.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first book in this series and while I wouldn't call it great literature it was a good story. I have no idea who wrote this book but it was not the same. Human beings don't talk like the characters did in this story. I couldn't get past it to even get into the story. It was abysmal. I stopped listening and totally regret spending the money. I feel ripped of to be honest. If this was Wilbur Smith than he has reached back to his boyhood and decided to write like a 14 year old boy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Riach 03-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding !"

    I had a hard time putting this book down ! I am looking forward to reading his next novel, I am sure it will be just as exiting .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold Brandt 02-21-15
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    "Who Talks Like This?"

    Tke dialog used by all of the characters in this book is so rediculously contrived and unrealistic that it makes it almost impossible to give any credence to the story. Think a very overdone parody of Downton Abby. A total waste of an interesting plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Thulin Jackson, WY 12-26-13
    E. Thulin Jackson, WY 12-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply the poorest Wilbur Smith I've read"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a sequel to "Those in Peril", the second poorest Wilbur Smith book. The lack of character and storyline development is almost embarrassing from the writer who gave us Tita and the Courtneys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Delta, BC, Canada 10-18-13
    Randall Delta, BC, Canada 10-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wilbur has read too many Bourn Identity books"
    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    It would be nice not to have main characters that have no depth


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have listened to John Lee before. Too bad the story does not justify his performance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Seems to me to be a cash grab releasing two books days apart

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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