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The characters have no depth what soever, the typical Wilbur Smith formula of his protagonists being absolutely perfect in every conceivable way. Hazel Bannock is the most beautiful and most successful business woman in all of America, a pro tennis player who marries a rich and much older man. when this ancient husband of her's dies she wages a legal battle with her step son for control of the company. How is that supposed to endear us to the character? her daughter is also one of the most irritating and grating creations that i have ever encountered, a spoilt rich girl and quite stupid to boot.
Hector Cross is the superb fighter and savvy operator yatayatayata, boring sums him up quite well.
The characters are also completely unbelievable in the sense that they become emotionally attached extremely quick, Hector and Hazel go through the cycle of i hate you, but damn you're fit, everything i hated about you i now love, oh darling this oh darling that. in what seems about five minutes. immensely annoying. and hector begins to think of himself as the girls father almost immediately without even meeting her, and then when they do meet within the space of a few hours they had formed this wonderful father daughter bond, even though the daughter had no idea he was her potential step father at the time, it made me sick.Read more ›
I have read and enjoyed all of Wilbur Smiths books, The early ones whilst sailing on Oil Tankers around Africa though the very waters on the way to the Gulf in which most of the action is set.
Would it not be wonderful if there were some real people such as the hero's of this book who could stage such a covert destruction of terrorist bases and we could wake up one morning to find the coast of Somalia and the approaches to the Gulf safe once more.
I found it exciting to read and could not put it down...It's a story for heaven's sake... it's not supposed to be true!..I await the next book whatever the genre.
I have not read one of his novels for a good few years and decided to give this a go.
This falls solidly between poor and stinker (verging towards stinker).
The plot is not bad, in no way is it original, it's a rehash of several previous plot lines that the author used to much better effect in novels such as 'Wild Justice', 'Dark of the Sun' and 'Hungry as the Sea'.
The characters are stereotypes, the dialogue is stilted and the exchanges between the two main female characters are laughable, containing some of the most unrealistic prose I have ever read, as is most of the dialogue spouted by the villains of the novel.
What is worse is that the technical details used are wrong (since when does a Major command a brigade?) it just makes the 'feel' of the whole novel uneven.
The graphic sex / rape scenes make unpleasant reading - the whole style of the novel is nothing like other books the author has written. I do seriously wonder if this was written in full by the author or just outlined and then completed by some cave dwelling, racist, sex obsessed ghost writer.
This is just not very good. If this is the first Wilbur Smith novel you read, don't let it put you off, some of the earlier books (Wild Justice, Eagle in the Sky, Cry Wolf) are much much better and worth looking up.
I have to say the WS is my favourite author in this genre. I read most of the reviews on Amazon of this book and became a bit concerned about the reviews of it. Yes, Quest was a bit of a stinker when compared to his other novels and unfortunately his Ballantyne and Courtney novels are to sweeping (and too expensive) to be filmed properly.
ToP started well but doubts began to creep in when you read through some of the dialogue. Surprisingly the dialogue grew more syrupy as the story 'progressed'. Yes, there were some issues regarding character credibility, especially the hero and heroine. I would also cancel the contract for 'Cross Bow security' if they didn't realise that the daughter remained a target, if not for terrorists then at least kidnappers then they're not worth hiring. The sexual narrative was a bit embarrassing. There is room for this but some of it was unnecessary. Dennis Wheatley suffered from the same thing in his last few 'Roger Brook' stories. The action was up to Mr.Smith's usual high standard and the end was extremely satisfying.
I hope that the author continues to have total input into his books and not allowing his name to be put to books that frankly could damage his reputation and brand. Needless to say I and his legions of fans will await his next offering and buy it purely for the fact that the cover has his name on it.
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Present for my father which he was thrilled with and arrived quickly.Published 1 month ago by MR C HANNIS
Good pace and a couple of unexpected turns. Some parts a little predictable and a little "with one bound he was free" heroics but a good romp.Published 2 months ago by R Willott
Over the years I have enjoyed being enthralled in Wilbur Smith's books in Egypt,Africa and the South of England in his historic novel's. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cliente Amazon
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