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Summary

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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  • robert
  • chesterfield, United Kingdom
  • 01-12-13

Awful

I love stories by Wilbur Smith, my favourite author. However this book is awful. The story is tedious and very very far fetched. Delete button in action I,m afraid.

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Almost hard-core porn

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story without the graphic(pornographic!) sexual details that littered every chapter might have been better, though as the storyline was weak and implausible, I doubt it.
I have read many of Wilbur Smith's books, but I will certainly never buy another.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. The story was far-fetched, the flashback implausible. It rambled and was generally just awful

Any additional comments?

Can I return it for refund?

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Probably my last Wilbur Smith . . .

I have read every Wilbur Smith book over the last couple or three decades and this may well be my last. He was one of my go-to authors, I'd buy his books on spec - no more.

He seems to have turned dark and his story-telling expertise has been substituted by an over-reliance on gratuitous violence and over-egged sex scenes. What has happened to the Wilbur Smith whose skill was legendary - certainly with me?

I am so disappointed. The story was well read, but that's no substitute for a convincing storyline that seemed to get lost halfway through, it then becomes predictable in an un-satisfying way.

He is better than this offering, this smacks of getting the publisher off his back.

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  • MPB
  • Belgium
  • 22-10-13

Wilbur Smith - where have you gone?

What would have made Vicious Circle better?

Keeping to adventure and intrigue - cut out the porn.

Has Vicious Circle put you off other books in this genre?

Very unlikely to buy Wilbur Smith just because who is - was - methinks he has lost the plot.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Nothing wrong with the narrator - excellent - shame the story is so sorid.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - have been a fan of Wilbur for years but this series is entering in to adult reading only

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed

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Depraved, sick, trivial, boring, tediously read

What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

Having listened to the previous Hector Cross novel "Those in Peril" which I enjoyed, I wasn't expecting to find a sick and distasteful detailed description of the worse type of sexual violence in this second book. The plot is extremely poor and needs to be stretched with endless trivial and boring details, the writer seems to enjoy re-inventing numerous times details of the same most perverted sexual and violent actions, the narrator is completely detached from the plot and seems bored himself while reading the book. Overall a very dissappointing waste of time and money.

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Wilbur at his best

Absolutely brilliant, riveting read well researched. I could not put this book away except for a tea break.

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Gutter trash

This was so disappointing. Definitely not Wilbur smith's greatest hour. The story was trash fiction and completely implausible. Absolute thrash

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Disappointing and a bit rambling

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More consistent characters and less of the "he's the best at everything he does" in the main character.

Faster pace and less on the overly long diversions

What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less graphic sex elements - they weren't really necessary and would be better suited to another genre
Picked the pace up on the story and kept it flowing. Way too much time on the background elements.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No. He was good for Fall of Giants but didn't suit this.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The overall story was interesting and some interesting action - when it happened.

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Finding it tough going

Currently finding it really difficult to warm to a billionaire, sociopath with all the fatherly instincts of a fence post.

I hope he starts doing something more than driving his Bentley and having tea at the ritz shortly otherwise I'm going to have to send the book back.

The narrators breathy and florid delivery isn't helping matters either.

Edit: Halfway through the book a key characters name seems to have changed, O'Quinn becomes O'Brien it's a bit slapdash and not what I'd expect from Wilbur Smith.

Oh and the sex scenes are as excruciating as they are irrelevant. I'd have sent it back if I hadn't listened to the other two in the trilogy.

I hope Hector hangs up his gun and keeps his pants on in future.

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Shocking

So so disappointed in this tripe! I adore all of WS's work but this is abhorrent. I hope he reads this and feels shame. It is miles apart from his usual genius. The book is over the top and in many places plain sick where it needed not be. It's at best a poor cross between a Jack Ryan, cheap romance novel and an extract or two from a crime (rape) thriller. If I had written it; it would never have been printed. I begrudge the royalties he got for this waste of paper!!!

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  • Mickey
  • 19-11-13

SADLY THE WORST OF WILBUR SMITH

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

He could have stick to one story line and not deviate to totally contrasting stories

What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Having been a fan of Wilbur for more than 30 years and enjoying all his books, I get the sense that he just wanted to finish writing this book for the sake of finishing. Story lines really the worst from him

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

Rupert Dugas

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I am really dissapointed

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  • PFHugo Winterbach
  • 31-10-13

Bad story, worse performance

A bad sick story made worse by a singing narrator swallowing his words. The book was a huge dissapointment for me. If you need graphic descriptions of violence and sex to excite you then this is the book for you. Otherwise give it a pass. The narrator should listen to himself speaking unnaturally. Perhaps if music was added .... A total waste of a credit.

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  • Storm Milton
  • 30-10-13

Disappointing

What disappointed you about Vicious Circle?

Just about everything, A weak story line with shallow unbelievable characters. I dont usually mind the plot being unbelievable, if it is imaginative, but this was very weak.

What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

The plot was thin and flawed.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

Maybe

What character would you cut from Vicious Circle?

Jo

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • K.Clarke
  • 08-02-18

Vicious circle by Wilber smith

Overall good story but parts quite viscous depicted I like that it followed the last book I also like the narrator very much

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  • Rustom D Patel
  • 26-01-17

Great story but too graphic

It was a great story line ... but it was just too graphic for my taste... some of it made me sick to my stomach