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Vicious Circle [Hardcover]

Wilbur Smith
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)

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8 Oct 2013

When Hector Cross’s 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. Together, they travel to the remotest parts of the 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 secrets take Hector to the heart of Africa and to a series of crimes so shocking they demand revenge.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250000319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000316
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
For all the latest information on Wilbur visit facebook.com/WilburSmith

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'As adventurous, violent and artful as ever.' --Libby Purves, Midweek on BBC Radio 4 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

When Hector Cross’s 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. Together, they travel to the remotest parts of the 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 secrets take Hector to the heart of Africa and to a series of crimes so shocking they demand revenge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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145 of 147 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.

PS: I have been online and the reported facts are these.
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28 of 28 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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42 of 43 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wilbur Smith far below par. 8 Nov 2013
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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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15 of 15 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's happened to Wilbur? 7 Nov 2013
By William
Format:Hardcover
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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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unworthy content 14 Oct 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Vicious circle
Poor.......not up to usual high standard. I agree with others in the opinion that the writing is not the same and the format of story telling has changed.
Published 22 hours ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Wilbur Smith
As always I have enjoyed this book. I've never been disappointed with his books and I've read them all.He never fails to keep me turning the pages. Brilliant
Published 1 day ago by william bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars How can an Author succeed in surpassing his already superior writing...
How can an Author succeed in surpassing his already superior writing skills. Mr Smith does, in spades, with each new tale. Outstanding!
Published 3 days ago by Godfather Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic, Wilbur Smith at his usual high standard.
Published 4 days ago by Graham Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not as good as his other books.
Published 5 days ago by Jean Flynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this unles you like cruel books.
Only because it has Wibur Smith as it 's autor did I read it. I have red all 0f his books and waited eagerly for the next one to come out but I will be careful before I read... Read more
Published 5 days ago by V J T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, cliff hanger ending.....
great novel as usual from W Smith
Published 5 days ago by Whitefern
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It's a novel and therefore, what can be said about it? It was for my wife anyway and I have not read it although she enjoyed the story.
Published 6 days ago by John Mears
1.0 out of 5 stars No QA, no knowledge, not a clue, and the most onedimensional...
I can hardly credit this book is written by Smith himself. He has proved himself to be a fine author, but this book is so full of cliches it would NEVER have been published had not... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ornulf Wang Sandaas
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