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Vicious Circle | [Wilbur Smith]

Vicious Circle

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp. They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones.
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Publisher's Summary

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp.

They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones. For Hazel and Hector have a child, a precious daughter, who he will go to the ends of the earth to protect. And brutal figures from the Bannock family's past - thought long-gone - are returning, with an agenda so sinister that Hector realizes he is facing a new breed of enemy. One whose shifting attack and dark, shocking secrets take Hector to the heart of Africa and to a series of crimes so shocking they demand revenge.

©2013 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    Mickey CENTURION, South Africa 11-19-13
    Mickey CENTURION, South Africa 11-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "SADLY THE WORST OF WILBUR SMITH"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    He could have stick to one story line and not deviate to totally contrasting stories


    What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Having been a fan of Wilbur for more than 30 years and enjoying all his books, I get the sense that he just wanted to finish writing this book for the sake of finishing. Story lines really the worst from him


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Rupert Dugas


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I am really dissapointed

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hugo Midrand, South Africa 10-31-13
    Hugo Midrand, South Africa 10-31-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Bad story, worse performance"

    A bad sick story made worse by a singing narrator swallowing his words. The book was a huge dissapointment for me. If you need graphic descriptions of violence and sex to excite you then this is the book for you. Otherwise give it a pass. The narrator should listen to himself speaking unnaturally. Perhaps if music was added .... A total waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Storm Bertram, Australia 10-30-13
    Storm Bertram, Australia 10-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Vicious Circle?

    Just about everything, A weak story line with shallow unbelievable characters. I dont usually mind the plot being unbelievable, if it is imaginative, but this was very weak.


    What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

    The plot was thin and flawed.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Maybe


    What character would you cut from Vicious Circle?

    Jo


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • robert
    chesterfield, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Awful"

    I love stories by Wilbur Smith, my favourite author. However this book is awful. The story is tedious and very very far fetched. Delete button in action I,m afraid.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer White
    France
    12/12/13
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    "Almost hard-core porn"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story without the graphic(pornographic!) sexual details that littered every chapter might have been better, though as the storyline was weak and implausible, I doubt it.
    I have read many of Wilbur Smith's books, but I will certainly never buy another.


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

    No. The story was far-fetched, the flashback implausible. It rambled and was generally just awful


    Any additional comments?

    Can I return it for refund?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    DONCASTER, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Probably my last Wilbur Smith . . ."

    I have read every Wilbur Smith book over the last couple or three decades and this may well be my last. He was one of my go-to authors, I'd buy his books on spec - no more.

    He seems to have turned dark and his story-telling expertise has been substituted by an over-reliance on gratuitous violence and over-egged sex scenes. What has happened to the Wilbur Smith whose skill was legendary - certainly with me?

    I am so disappointed. The story was well read, but that's no substitute for a convincing storyline that seemed to get lost halfway through, it then becomes predictable in an un-satisfying way.

    He is better than this offering, this smacks of getting the publisher off his back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Belgium
    10/22/13
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    "Wilbur Smith - where have you gone?"
    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    Keeping to adventure and intrigue - cut out the porn.


    Has Vicious Circle put you off other books in this genre?

    Very unlikely to buy Wilbur Smith just because who is - was - methinks he has lost the plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Nothing wrong with the narrator - excellent - shame the story is so sorid.


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

    Disappointment - have been a fan of Wilbur for years but this series is entering in to adult reading only


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. David Vanderplank
    UK
    11/27/13
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    "Gutter trash"

    This was so disappointing. Definitely not Wilbur smith's greatest hour. The story was trash fiction and completely implausible. Absolute thrash

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. P. Clark
    UK
    11/13/13
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    "Disappointing and a bit rambling"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More consistent characters and less of the "he's the best at everything he does" in the main character.

    Faster pace and less on the overly long diversions


    What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less graphic sex elements - they weren't really necessary and would be better suited to another genre
    Picked the pace up on the story and kept it flowing. Way too much time on the background elements.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. He was good for Fall of Giants but didn't suit this.


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

    The overall story was interesting and some interesting action - when it happened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corrado M.
    9/12/14
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    "Depraved, sick, trivial, boring, tediously read"
    What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

    Having listened to the previous Hector Cross novel "Those in Peril" which I enjoyed, I wasn't expecting to find a sick and distasteful detailed description of the worse type of sexual violence in this second book. The plot is extremely poor and needs to be stretched with endless trivial and boring details, the writer seems to enjoy re-inventing numerous times details of the same most perverted sexual and violent actions, the narrator is completely detached from the plot and seems bored himself while reading the book. Overall a very dissappointing waste of time and money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Terrific listen"
    Where does Vicious Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A thoroughly enjoyable, believable but fictional story line, keeps your ears riveted


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vicious Circle?

    The early tragedy and loss of a key character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final chase and retributions


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Its painful to tear your ears away - a real page turner in book terms


    Any additional comments?

    This is another great Wilbur Smith genre, this contemporary story oozes confidence and relevant detail to fully engage your brain and ears!!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Soft
    Yorkshire, UK
    5/25/14
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    "Wilbur at his best"

    Absolutely brilliant, riveting read well researched. I could not put this book away except for a tea break.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AJ
    Nailsea, United Kingdom
    3/14/14
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    "Grit your teeth! You'll need too"

    The story shows the worst side of humanity and is more than a little gruesome for my liking, but essential reading if you read the first book about this wealthy family who appear to have everything, until those less fortunate try to take it away.
    I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy the readers voice, though that may be a personal thing, sorry John Lee.
    The talent of Wilbur Smith in creating and weaving an intricate story seems indisputable, but it was a challenge to stay with it till the end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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