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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A thoroughly enjoyable, believable but fictional story line, keeps your ears riveted
The early tragedy and loss of a key character.
The final chase and retributions
Its painful to tear your ears away - a real page turner in book terms
This is another great Wilbur Smith genre, this contemporary story oozes confidence and relevant detail to fully engage your brain and ears!!.
"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...
A better narrator and a less obvious story line.
Avoid John Lee narrating - His accents are shocking!
"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
"Sadistic and horrible"
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
"Too graphic for me"
Enjoyed the story line but too much graphic sex and torture details
least interesting the sex and torture scenes
The performance was good
will think twice before buying another Wilbur Smith book
"Almost spoiled by the narrator"
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.
None worth mentioning.
Not listen to audiobooks for a while.
I could narrate better than John Lee.
"Not a good Wilbur"
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.
Take out the child abuse bits. .
Narrator was ok
"Average and predictable"
Not to WS expected standard, transparent and sadly predictable story. I hope the next WS release is better.
Conn Iggulden most likely.
JL was fine.
WS is utterly convincing when he's in affrica but less so when elsewhere, more Courtney's required!
"Oh Jolly Bad Bogies, & First Class Good Chappies"
The time spent listening to this book could have been Halved , Wilbur Smith who I rate very highly as an author writing about themes he is knowledgeable about , i.e. S. Africa , seems to be out of his Depth writing action books with heroes with ex-Military backgrounds , e.g. a military man would never give the time as 8.00 am or speak of shooting bogies (Criminals) Although the spoken English is impeccable, Smith seems to avoid the use of profanities just for the sake of not using them ,the wholesome English becomes very annoying, and totally unreal , The hero is a jolly first rate chappie , who is a cross between James Bond and Bruce Wayne (Batman) even having a secret strong room with weapons and disguises in it. The lists of Menus served for Dinner or the expensive wines and drinks are irrelevant to the story , the reader/ Listener is overloaded with irrelevant information that is only given to confirm the character of the Hero as a rich, well educated and of impeccable good taste he is a security expert (for this reason employed by his wife's firm and apparently ex SAS officer who is afraid of being caught by the authorities armed with a weapon in England, and so is unarmed when his pregnant wife ( a beautiful millionaires) is ambushed and killed whilst they were driving in separate cars?? The Bogies (his term , not mine) are totally unreal, meet in Prison where one is on death Rowe but escapes after 10 years when his appeal is turned down, in which the governor and senior warden are involved?? He then becomes king of an African Island although he his wanted by the FBI . The storyline was not too unbelievable, but the characters, the conversations , the situations ,and the reaction to the situations were totally unreal and gave the listener the image of a Fairy-Tale evolving rather than an action packed story.
None I have read ,
Please NO !! The hero Henry Cross , could eventually join MI5 and chase Bogies
If this book is the result of Wilbur smith joining the "super hero " Authors , Please let it be his first and last attempt and let him return to that which he writes best about S. Africa
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