Vicious Circle
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Vicious Circle

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by Wilbur Smith
     
 

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Vicious Circle is a heart-racing saga of family secrets, greed, and revenge from internationally bestselling author
Wilbur Smith
NEW BEGINNINGS
Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old

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Vicious Circle is a heart-racing saga of family secrets, greed, and revenge from internationally bestselling author
Wilbur Smith
NEW BEGINNINGS
Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old adversary behind the attack. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends and fellow warriors to hunt down those who pursue him, Hazel, and their young daughter whose life Hector will go to the ends of the earth to protect.
OLD DEMONS
Soon Hector learns that the threat comes not just from his own enemies, but Hazel's. A brutal figure from her billionaire family's past--thought long gone--has returned with an agenda so sinister that Hector has no choice but to settle the score…once and for all.
"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --The Washington Post Book World

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
London security expert Hector Cross, now married to Hazel Bannock (“seventh on Forbes magazine’s list of the richest women in the world”), continues his battle with Somali warlord Tippoo Tip in bestseller Smith’s lurid sequel to 2011’s Those in Peril. Early on, a Mercedes van driven by a man wearing a Richard Nixon mask deliberately broadsides the red Ferrari that Hazel is driving on her way home to Brandon Hall, the couple’s 18th-century estate outside Winchester. After extensive sleuthing and a long backstory set in a prison, Hector tracks down the perpetrators of the attack to a hilltop fortress in tiny Kazundu, “the poorest country on the African continent.” Readers, especially new ones, should be prepared for descriptions of death in all its many gory possibilities, as well as scenes of rape (both hetero- and homosexual), child molestation, sexual slavery, and torture. The exciting action scenes and larger-than-life characters, though, will appeal to a broad range of thriller fans. Agent: Kevin Conroy Scott, Tibor Jones & Associates. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Smith (Those in Peril, 2011, etc.) continues the saga of Hector Cross, warrior, rich man. Hector ran Crossbow Security, until he attempted the rescue of Cayla Bannock. Cayla died, but Cross married Cayla's mother, Hazel, widowed Bannock Oil heiress. Now, Hazel's pregnant. After a gynecologist visit, the pair set out in separate vehicles for their English estate. There's an ambush. Hazel is mortally wounded, but baby Catherine Cayla is saved by cesarean. Cross believes the ambush is the "blood feud" work of the "survivors of the family of Hadji Sheikh Mohammed Khan Tippoo Tip," engineers of Cayla's kidnapping. Clan leader Aazim Muktar is in Mecca. Cross secures Catherine in a fortress atop a skyscraper in Abu Zara, fount of Bannock wealth. Cross then slips into Mecca to confront Muktar, only to learn he's a peaceful holy man. Smith simplifies narrative action with a moneyed protagonist able to afford cutting-edge weaponry and technology, and he pads the tale with a hard left turn in midstory to present a novel within a novel about the villain, Carl Peter Bannock, born Karl Pieter Kurtmeyer, spawn of a Gestapo officer adopted by Bannock Oil's founder. Carl's imprisoned for incestuous rape but is still a Bannock Trust beneficiary. He wants the final heir, Catherine, eliminated. In a Texas prison, Carl befriends Johnny Congo, aka King John Tembo Kikuu of Kazundu--refugee African royalty gone bad. Carl's released, engineers Johnny's escape, and the two psychopaths restore Johnny to his African throne. Cross learns this from a former trust lawyer. Smith's narrative is bloated, sometimes fact deficient, reliant on implausibilities, and laced with gratuitous, gut-churning violence inflicted upon innocents. The dialogue is often affectedly old world; action regularly stops to order the right wine or exotic foodstuff or summon obsequious staff. Characters are either flat or over-the-top superhumans and impervious to harm, although a bad guy does survive to populate a sequel. Not for the faint of heart, or stomach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250000316
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
525,294
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

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