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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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A story you can't stop and put down. I've read everything by Wilbur Smith, which describe life, animal, plant, and the depiction of the vivid color, smell and sight of Africa. At times very violent. This was exceedingly violent. I sense a lot of anger in the author.
I ...
A story you can't stop and put down. I've read everything by Wilbur Smith, which describe life, animal, plant, and the depiction of the vivid color, smell and sight of Africa. At times very violent. This was exceedingly violent. I sense a lot of anger in the author.
I will continue to read Wilbur Smith.

posted by HeyRon on December 30, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This was probably the most poorly written book I've read in the

This was probably the most poorly written book I've read in the past 10 years or so. The fact that it has Wilbur Smith's name on it makes it infinitely more depressing. It's so bad that I question whether Mr Smith actually wrote it.

The plot takes so many pointless t...
This was probably the most poorly written book I've read in the past 10 years or so. The fact that it has Wilbur Smith's name on it makes it infinitely more depressing. It's so bad that I question whether Mr Smith actually wrote it.

The plot takes so many pointless turns that it does help to distract from the glaring holes and factual errors. The characters are laughably unbelievable and cartoonish. (Think Barbara Cartland writing a Tom Clancy novel.) The dialogue is stilted and dated. (Do all South Africans shun contractions?) The descriptions of Africa are spot on as always, but the scenes set in London seemed mainly designed to produce an income from all of the luxury product placements. What is most jarring are the incredibly graphic scenes (and there are a lot) of depraved sex and violence. I'm a jaded New Yorker, and this stuff is just plain gross. And way beyond gratuitous.

If you're a Wilbur Smith fan, do yourself a favor and remember him for his earlier books. If you aren't, you really should read any and all of his books EXCEPT this one. And if you're Wilbur Smith and reading this, I personally think it's time to retire if this is all you've got left in you.

posted by 2177633 on October 19, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommend

    First time I've read anything by this author and I couldn't put it down So rivoting, it left me on the edge of my seat. I have also ordered one of his other books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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