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
He could have stick to one story line and not deviate to totally contrasting stories
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
I am really dissapointed
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.
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.
The plot was thin and flawed.
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.
"Almost hard-core porn"
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.
No. The story was far-fetched, the flashback implausible. It rambled and was generally just awful
Can I return it for refund?
"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.
"Wilbur Smith - where have you gone?"
Keeping to adventure and intrigue - cut out the porn.
Very unlikely to buy Wilbur Smith just because who is - was - methinks he has lost the plot.
Nothing wrong with the narrator - excellent - shame the story is so sorid.
Disappointment - have been a fan of Wilbur for years but this series is entering in to adult reading only
"Depraved, sick, trivial, boring, tediously read"
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.
"Wilbur at his best"
Absolutely brilliant, riveting read well researched. I could not put this book away except for a tea break.
This was so disappointing. Definitely not Wilbur smith's greatest hour. The story was trash fiction and completely implausible. Absolute thrash
"Disappointing and a bit rambling"
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
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.
No. He was good for Fall of Giants but didn't suit this.
The overall story was interesting and some interesting action - when it happened.
"Why So Brutal?"
As a life long fan of Wilbur Smith novels, I was so disappointed to hear this book. The violence and brutality was way over the top. If he can't even be bothered to write his own books any more, why should I bother to listen to/read them?
I would think very carefully and do research before reading any new Wilber Smith books.
No thoughts on the narrator
None that I can think of.
If Wilbur isn't able to continue writing then it's a real shame as he wrote some great novels. However, using ghost writers to write mindlessly violent drivel just to make more money is shameful. People will buy this book because of the author and many will be very disappointed, me included.
"Rushed rubbish and sickly trash!"
I’m not really sure why I even bothered to get through this one – it kept me listening but I don’t know why. Wilbur Smith, I guess, who I would normally rate amongst top writers and yet this story really was a load of tedious clap trap. The story is a continuation of Those in Peril and is a flouncy, sickly romantic tale of vengeance. The characters are all so incredibly wealthy they lend themselves to being targets of the worlds worse criminals. This story incorporates, sick kidnappings, murders, sex, sex and more sex and the hetrosexual romantic sex is the hardest to stomach because it is described in such unbelieveably sickly tones (sounds like something out of a 1950’s black and white romance – “oh darling, I love you, I want you, but I couldn’t possibly stay with you….!!!”). Suffice to say, its rubbish – I hope he doesn’t continue this story. A positive DON’T BUY book.
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