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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Having listened to the previous book in the series I decided to buy this as I have enjoyed his writing for many years. I was disappointed to find that once again one of the best descriptive storytellers has included unneccesarily explicit sex into what would have been a better story if he had left the level of depravity to the imagination rather than detail it.
"wilbur smith. brilliant what more can I say?"
bring on the sequel. I so want to know what happens next. It is vintage smith.
"Part 2 not accessible"
I enjoyed part 1 very much, and were looking forward to enjoy listening to part 2 as well, but with every attempt only part 1 will play - no part 2 at all???
Part 2 would not play???
"Good but predictable"
Good but predictable story always moving along and reader added to overall proformance
none more than any other
"A few hours of your life you will never get back"
This is probably the worst book i have ever read or listened to. I even checked the spelling of the author's name as i did not see how it could be Wilbur Smith. One small note is unfortunately Swahili is not spoken in Zimbabwe and I feel he is insulting Africa by his lack of research. AWFUL
"always... the best story teller ever"
captivating, edgy, passionate. have always enjoyed reading and almost living in the stories Mr Smith so magically weaves.
thank you for the opportunity to escape into make believe
"better than I thought"
was a bit worried after reading other reviews but I thought the story gave an interesting twist to the first book - thought end could've been better.
This is the best novel I have read. alongside Those In Peril I liked the modern touch
"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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