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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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  • SMG
    1/25/15
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    "Why So Brutal?"
    What disappointed you about Vicious Circle?

    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?


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

    I would think very carefully and do research before reading any new Wilber Smith books.


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

    No thoughts on the narrator


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

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/10/14
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    "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.

    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
  • 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
  • MR
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "Ruined"
    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    A better narrator and a less obvious story line.


    If you’ve listened to books by Wilbur Smith before, how does this one compare?

    Compares poorly


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

    Never


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid John Lee narrating - His accents are shocking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david kirkup
    2/18/14
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    "getting more violent"

    as i have all his books this is the 1st i have had in audio form as well as buying the book, i have noticed particular with this current saga, that he is getting more violent and the sex more graphic. which i dont mind, but my sister in law only read 20 or so pages then handed it back. but as i have always loved all his books,i found he has not lost his talent for telling a yarn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    2/2/14
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    "Sadistic and horrible"
    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    The author seems to delight in repeating the scenes of child rape and murder over and over. This is the very last time I will read a Wilbur Smith book. Disgusting. The narrator was pathetic


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    Never


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelagh
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Too graphic for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Enjoyed the story line but too much graphic sex and torture details


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    least interesting the sex and torture scenes


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

    The performance was good


    Was Vicious Circle worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    will think twice before buying another Wilbur Smith book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    12/31/13
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    "Almost spoiled by the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of Wilbur Smith books, but this one was a little tedious. The gore was extreme and the story unlikely. The worst part was the narrator who was dire and made some of the characters nothing more than a charade.


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

    None worth mentioning.


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

    Robert Powell?


    Did Vicious Circle inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to audiobooks for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I could narrate better than John Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Not a good Wilbur"
    What disappointed you about Vicious Circle?

    Pretty abhorrent material about child abuse and rape. No real need for this material. There was none of the historical or geographical context of previous novels. This made the novel lack depth.


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

    Take out the child abuse bits. .


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was ok


    What character would you cut from Vicious Circle?

    Nil


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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