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Vicious Circle (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by Wilbur Smith (Author), John Lee (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 27 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Oct 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLKR20U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What has happened to Wilbur Smith? 19 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that I have all of the Wilbur Smith books and treasure every one. If I ever had to choose just one author to take to a desert island, it would be him. I eagerly anticipated his latest Vicious Circle and, despite all the negative reviews, I ordered it and started reading as soon as it arrived. I was on page 30 before I reluctantly admitted the reviews were correct. There are glaring mistakes - a van loaded with pallets of concrete blocks -later referred to as brick - each one "several tons" being pushed out of a van by one man. A man with a Leatherman tool removing a vehicle's spark plugs. hard enough with a proper plug spanner and ratchet. And, his language has gone so coarse and uncalled for. I always admired Smith's fine command of language and the fact that there were very few real swear words or coarse sexual references. Not any more. the prose has gone gutter-wards and, for no specific reason. The plot would work just as well without being so cringe worthy. And no, I am not a prude or have any real objection towards the kind of language you hear all over these days. It is nice sometimes to withdraw into a book that doesn't need to be "beefed up". You have to wonder just what has happened to change an author's style so completely and for the worse.
I know he is getting old but that is even more reason why he would be expected to stay true to his previous books.
Much as I hate to say it - and I never thought I would - I was disappointed with this book. It was badly written, lacked any real substance, had unbelievable characters and I felt really cheated.
Maybe this should be his last book or he should get better advisors and stronger editors.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable 14 Oct 2013
By Lockjaw
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately this was very predictable with a cliffhanger end (not). Wilbur has slipped into a comfortable style that is not as enjoyable as his Sunbird type novels.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars retirement money 19 Oct 2013
By Lucamax
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a message to Wilbur.Please retire now.youve earned the right to put your feet up after enthralling us for40 years with such wonderful books.This latest was just not you.Did your new partners write it? If so sack them and enjoy some leisure time.I never thought that I would write these words ,but felt I had to
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wilbur Smith far below par. 8 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story was sadistic, perverted and disjointed. It was the worst Wilbur Smith novel that I have ever read, having read all of his novels.Come on Wilbur I expect much better from you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad about Wilburs decline! 7 Nov 2013
By ashmob
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have every book written by Wilbur Smith, a lot I inherited from my late father. I always looked forward to his next book coming out, but after reading this drivel I wonder if I will in the future. It was badly written, daft plot, and seemed to major on the sex?
I wonder what my father would have thought of it, not a lot I am sure. Wilbur you need to get your act together or retire, I will look at the reviews on his next book before I decide to buy it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's happened to Wilbur? 7 Nov 2013
By William
I have read your books for years & thoroughly enjoyed them, but this is pure garbage.I agree with all the others, if this is the best you can do now, pack up & fade into the sunset.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unworthy content 14 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book degenerates into a style unrecognisable as Wilbut Smith after page 191. It is used as a vehicle for expressing dreadful sexual preferences in graphic detail which should be highlighted on the books cover.

What a pity a great writer has resorted to such sordid rubbish at the end of his career.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the brilliance of When The Lion Feeds to this..... How sad.

If this was a novel from anyone else I'd give it 4 stars, but not as Wilbur Smith novel.

The sex is getting more and more perverted, whilst the plot flaws and inconsistencies are staggering.
I've made over 3 pages of notes on the errors that I've found in the book. I shall write them up and post them soon.
A couple of the more annoying errors are the continued reference to the I-phone S4 and staggering slip ups in the chronology concerning Carls incarceration. By my notes and calculations Wilbur has him (Carl) using an internet connection from his jail cell in what must be around 1993 and using google (which didn't exist then) and scoring thousands of results in seconds.. Didn't have broadband then either! I find the lack of research and silly errors in Wilbur's books over the last 7 years very sad. Either he is loosing his grip or using crappy ghost writers. Why don't proof readers pick this stuff up?

Sad sad sad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicious Circle
What can you say about Wilbur Smith, apart from he is the master.

You will not be disappointed by his latest work, roll on the next book.
Published 13 hours ago by Wickman
3.0 out of 5 stars Excessive sex and violence
I have been reading Wilbur Smith since "When the Lion Feeds" some 40 years ago. His books were originally adventure stories for men with amazing plots. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Edward Cornelius
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
Typical of Wilbur Smith to yet again provide the reader with such a riveting story. It seems obvious that we have not heard the last from Hector Cross
Published 9 days ago by R. Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicious Circle Audio CD
It is a good quality product, the delivery was quick and securely packaged. It does the job I wanted it for and made an excellent gift. Read more
Published 9 days ago by trevor S
1.0 out of 5 stars This book could be your literary obituary
Having read all Wilbur smith books in the past, I am bitterly disappointed. This is the worst Wilbur Smith book I have ever read. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Miss J Rigby
4.0 out of 5 stars vicious circle
Was a bit slow at the start.
Wilbur Smith readers.
As it was slow at start it got a four.
Published 16 days ago by JG
4.0 out of 5 stars Vicious circle
Good story but extremely violent in places
Came to dislike baddies I suppose that's the other side of his descriptive writing
Published 16 days ago by Richard Ley
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is by far the worst novel from Wilbur Smith. Very weak storyline, just full of unnecessary gratuitous sex and violence.
Published 19 days ago by Wendy Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as always
what a cracking good read this one is.It pulls no punches and it is written in an uncomplicated style.Should have been titled THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HESTOR CROSS. Read more
Published 20 days ago by a.spiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Absolutely fabulous as usual, took a while to read it as have so many others to read, but I kept it for a special treat and really enjoyed it. Just waiting for the next one. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Christmas
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