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Cry Wolf is an exhilarating adventure set in 1930s Africa, from the best-selling author, Wilbur Smith.  

'It was only then that Jake realised that he still carried a full bottle of Scrubbs Ammonia in his hand. The lion came bounding swiftly through the shallow stagnant pool towards him. Despite the wounds, it flowed with lithe and sinuous menace. It was so close that he could see each stuff white whisker in the curled upper lip and hear the rattle of air in its throat. He let it come on, for to turn and run was suicide. At the last moment he reared back like a baseball pitcher and hurled the bottle.'  

Jake Barton is an American engineer, Gareth Swales a stylish Englishman with a nose for a quick deal. Both have always moved from one escapade to another. Now, as Mussolini prepares to annihilate the people of Ethiopia, the two adventurers come up against Vicky Camberwell, the beautiful but fiery reporter bent on espousing their cause. 

Striking a bargain with a beleaguered Ethiopian prince, the trio dares to run gauntlet, guns and a batch of run-down armoured cars in a final, desperate gamble for freedom....

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Excellent

Throughly enjoyed this book, a good change from my normal choices, a little far fetched in places, but Wilbur Smith never disappoints a good read

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Great story, well read

This story is brilliant, fast paced and action packed.
It is really well read by Ben Onwukwe

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Bad day

Love smith’s books but I think he was having a bad day when he wrote this one. Almost binned it several times!

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An exotic Abyssinian tale of war, love and friendship

This is real ear candy! I had just finished A Wilbur Smith bookwhich the narrator read like a sporting event & mispronounced much of the local names so it was a wonderful surprise to hear the rich well paced voice of the narrator Ben Onwukwe. He wrung the most out of every second of the adventure. There is a lot of great humour in this exotic Abyssinian tale of war and friendship. Wilbur as usual gives us female heroines too and I tried hard to slow down towards the end but I couldn’t switch it off!

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Cliches are done to death

I usually enjoy Wilbur Smith's stories of Africa but the clichés in this book were over done. The female main character couldn't concentrate on being shot at in the middle of a war zone because of her lust for the two male characters. Straight talking John Wayne type American, English stiff upper lipped, rascal come gentleman, ignorant savage Africans, cowardly incompetent Italian solders continued throughout the story. I stuck it out to the end and in conclusion a good tale spoilt by lazy writing.

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Cry wolf

Love the book...Couldn't bear Ben onwukwe ,s gravel voice. Narrater should be the cherry on cake for wilbur Smith ..

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Awesome story about a beautiful part of our world

Having spent time in Ethiopia and the Sudan, I must admit, I enjoyed this book. I must admit, Wilbur Smith is at the top of my authors list, so I might be biased. The endings of some of Smith's books are a little too quick, and this fits that category. But, still I enjoyed listening and reading.

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