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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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.
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.
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