Vicious Circle

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Internationally bestselling author Wilbur Smith returns with Vicious Circle—a heart-racing story of family secrets, greed, and revenge.

Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy behind the attack.

            Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his ...

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Overview

Internationally bestselling author Wilbur Smith returns with Vicious Circle—a heart-racing story of family secrets, greed, and revenge.

Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy 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 and his loved ones. For he and Hazel have a child, a precious daughter, whom he will go to the ends of the earth to protect.

Soon, however, Hector learns that the threat comes not just from his old enemies, but also Hazel’s. Brutal figures from her family’s past—thought long gone—are returning, with an agenda so sinister that Hector realizes he is facing a new type of adversary. One whose deadly methods and dark secrets will lead Hector to a series of crimes so shocking that he has no choice but to settle the score.

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Security expert Hector Cross had never been so happy: He had an engaging, beautiful wife and a sweet young daughter. And then the terrorists came calling again. Wilbur Smith's Vicious Circle thriller features wide-ranging action, vicious villains, and a host of compelling characters and family histories. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book, this thriller deserves new readers.

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.)
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Praise for Vicious Circle

“The exciting action scenes and larger-than-life characters … will appeal to a broad range of thriller fans.” —Publishers Weekly

“As adventurous, violent and artful as ever.” —Radio 4 (UK)

Praise for Wilbur Smith

“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World

"Best Historical Novelist—I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August." —Stephen King

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick." —The Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

“A ‘thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (London)

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: 9781250051134
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 111,597
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland, and Malta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    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 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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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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 will continue to read Wilbur Smith.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    I would give it less than one star

    We are a group of readers from Israel who loved Wilbur Smith and read all he published as soon as it was available
    It is with great dissapointment that we say:
    This book should never have been written and certainly published
    Sir: This isthe worst you ever wrote, if it was you who wrote it
    If this was a financial necesity I am sure your faithful readers would have sent you the money not to publish this under your name
    Yitzchakmor@gmail,com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Sorry, not this one

    Too many pages wasted to describe designer clothes and gourmet dishes. Feels like fillers. Disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Page Turner

    Wilbur Smith has done it again. He captivates the reader from the beginning, then you just can't turn the pages fast enough. Terrific novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Bw...

    And now you're gone.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

    Jack Higgins may have written himself out. Nothing left. I am gl

    Jack Higgins may have written himself out. Nothing left. I am glad I got it from the library rather than paying good money for it that could be used for something better. One requirement for a novel is the willing suspension of disbelief. In Vicious Circle there is only disbelief. If locations are a key there should be a modicum of accuracy in describing them. I have usually felt Higgins portrayed Africa fairly accurate ( I have lived in several African countries) but there is no place there that is remotely like his imaginary nation. I think he is still mentally living in 1960.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Not one of his best efforts

    Many well done sections BUT too many manufactured twists that are- to say the least-not up to his usual great running story lines. While still a pretty good read not his best effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    This book is no doubt, a phenomenal sequel. It is a page turner

    This book is no doubt, a phenomenal sequel. It is a page turner in the truest sense. Wilbur is a master story teller, painting a vivid picture that really drops you into each locale. He paints an accurate description of Africa and his meticulous research of all locations he writes about really shows. As usual, this story is full of heart-stopping moments. His stories are difficult to put down and a few times, before I knew it, it was the middle of the night. It is cleverly written and offers the right amount of intrigue and passion. The book pulls you in and it is difficult to put it down. The way the book ends, it really makes you yearn for the next book.

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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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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    The cheapest way to take a trip tp Africa

    I read as much of Wilbur Smith as I can. I have never been to Africa but, Mr Smith has shown me much of it's majesty. Vicious Circle is another great read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Another thriller by Wilbur Smith

    First of all, I hate to rehash books. If you enjoy reading Wilbur Smith, you will enjoy his latest book. I could hardly put it down and read the last chapter twice. Now for the sequel..... I'm impatiently waiting!!!! I read Vicious Circle on my Nook and have all his books except the Seventh Scroll Egyptian series on my Nook. Why can't we get ALL his books in electronic format here in the USA? It's very frustrating to start a series and then find that a book or two has been left out. I understand they are all available in the UK, but not here. WHY? Will someone please do something about that and give us the rest of his stories in electronic format?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Wilbur does it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    A good story but not his best

    I have read all of his 35 books,he is my favorite story teller,,this is a good story but not as exciting or smooth as as his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    I loved Smith's prior books. This story just didn't ring true. H

    I loved Smith's prior books. This story just didn't ring true. Hector falling in love so soon?  Not finishing off a murderer of a family member?  Taking orders from an armature ?  Not what I had been waiting for. Looking forward to the next book though I hope we can give Mr. Cross a break for awhile
    Skip this one

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