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I will continue to read Wilbur Smith.
posted by HeyRon on December 30, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This was probably the most poorly written book I've read in the
The plot takes so many pointless t...
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, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2013
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.
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