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Vicious Circle (Hector Cross #2)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  959 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Vingança de Sangue é a sequela de A Lei do Deserto, obra também publicada pela Presença nesta coleção. Neste segundo volume reconhecemos de imediato a mesma intensidade dramática e o suspense levados a níveis capazes de desafiar o leitor mais intrépido. Aqui, Hector Cross tem encontro marcado com o inimigo, e fica a sabê-lo da pior forma possível, quando este ataca, sedent ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2013)
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Peter Sutton
One of his worst. Characters lack dimension, or on the other hand, are over blown. Plot is ridiculous, taking time out from your heat-of-the-moment, uncontrollable rage because there's no clues to follow. Or renting a ridiculously expensive apartment because of security concerns, only to go jogging on the beach with your baby daughter with two security men. Or meeting someone, then being ready for that next lifetime commitment on the next date. And don't get me started about the sexual exploits, ...more
I did not expect a novel of such low calibre from someone who has written fantastic thrillers in the past. Utterly forgettable. The characters are not well fleshed out at all. The plot is pathetic to say the least.

Please don't bother buying this book.
Paul Fadoju
The book lacked depth, the plots were too basic and Mr Smith glorifies the other side of sexuality that made it fairly repulsive.

Smith has long been one of my favorite writers. His books, while certainly containing violence, always had historical and political significance. His Birds of Prey trilogy helped lift me out of a deep depression several years ago. This book has none of those redeeming factors. This is glitz mixed with shock violence.

I have run out of use for gratuitous sex and violence. Thus no use for this book.

Wilbur Smith still can write extremely good. But the level of human cruelty in this book was too much for me to handle...
Sergio GRANDE films
This book is like driving the scenic route to go watch a Robin Williams movie: The man is talented, you'll enjoy the ride, and when you get to the end he may surprise you with a rare piece of brilliance. But in all likelihood the end will be at best forgettable, probably disappointing. And you knew that before you set off.

If only I had not read all 34 of his novels, I'd skip the next one and the one after that. But I will probably be here next year, writing a similar review. And the following ye
Terrible book. As a matter of fact, I suspect Wilbur Smith did not even write this book but it was written by a ghost. Paper thin plot, fractured story line, incompatible time line and seemingly spur of the moment twists in the development of this book.

Not what I would describe as a classic Wilbur Smith novel. Very disappointing. Either WS has lost his touch or he needs to get himself a new ghost writer.

This book is nothing but vulgar gratuitous violence mixed with copious mixed references to se
Radoslav Vician
Definitely the worst of Wilbur Smith (if it was even written by Wilbur himself). The decline is sad and pitiful.
David Heskett
Oh Wilbur...loved you once but really you should have given it away years ago.
Robert Burnham
I have read everyone of his books, starting back in the mid-1970s with "When the Lion Feeds". This is possibly his worse book yet.
Riki Strydom
What happened to happily ever after? Why is everyone so obsessed with making movies and series so dark and gloomy. Now Wilbur Smith has joined in this unnecessary phase! I finished this book, but I cannot say that I enjoyed it as I always do for Wilbur Smith books. Those in Peril was a fantastic thriller and did not need a follow-up especially not one of this calibre. Vicious Circle continues the story of Hector Cross and Hazel Bannock when it takes a turn for the absolute worse within the first ...more
Stephen King says on the cover of this book "You can get lost in Wilbur Smith." In my opinion Wilbur Smith lost his way sometime in the last fifteen years. I have read one of his novels, Monsoon, published in 1999 and gave it five stars. This is his most recent effort and I very nearly put it down without finishing due to waves of nausea. The title Vicious Circle relates to a never ending blood feud between two families and the telling of the tale is graphically sordid, bloody and unrealistic. T ...more
John Connolly
I interviewed Smith a long time ago and found him to be an interesting, if peculiar, man. He was clearly a product of the nineteenth century who happened to be born in the twentieth, and was set to struggle with the twenty-first. His worldview was essentially colonial and, given what appeared to be his problematical relationship with his daughter, I was kind of glad that he wasn’t my dad.

On the other hand, his novels — the historical ones, at least — had given me enormous entertainment over the
Darren Wiseman
Disappointed. I've been a Wilbur Smith fan for decades, so I know his general style; in my opinion this book just doesn't seem to work, and it's the first that I'll be advising people not to bother with. The protagonist, an ex SAS soldier and very successful businessman who built a huge security company up from scratch in the tough African environment - someone we should be cheering for - comes across in his speech and general actions as a pompous, pampered fool. He, a tough battle-hardened sold ...more
Not worth buying.he should have stopped writing a few books ago.
How he thinks up such revolting human depravity,I surely can't imagine.
The story line is bad and totally unrealistic.
Full of perverted sex,death and revenge.Very little else and certainly none of the wonderful adventure that was in the books that made him so popular.Time to retire,Wilbur !
Bette Dick
Sadly not a book like Where the Lion Feeds!, I used to wait for a new Wilbur book with great anticipation but I doubt I will buy the next book.
Jim Curtin
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge, giant, die-hard fan of Wilbur Smith.

Now that my affection and loyalty are unequivocally stated upfront,this was the most disappointing book of all his books.

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Pieter Hildebrand
Definitely Wilbur's worst book to date..Those at peril being the second worse.. Any book has "love scene's" but in the last two book's by Wilbur "love scene's" are turning pornographic and is getting more and more so. And if this trend continue I will stop reading Wilbur's novel's because it is offending and overstep's that line between decent and indecent. I will not like for my children and grand children to know that I have read them or for them to find these two book's on my bookshelve. I a ...more

If this had been his first written novel he would now be a retired plumber. I'm sad that this is actually a best seller. The plot is awful, the character development is weak and their interactions given the actual storyline become utterly unbelievable. I flicked through it just to get to the end. I shall not read the Hector Cross sequel.
Can I also add, Wilbur, there is no need to disgust your readers with horrific details of rape and murder. Excessive, unnecessary and probably should co
John K
What I would like to know is who actually wrote this book?I have read all of Wilbur smith's books this is the worst by some distance ,I actually stopped reading it mid way through and plan to return it to the shop where I purchased it as a protest.Scenes of gratuitous violence and sexual perversion are not what I expect of Smith,what has happened to the writer of such great books as River God and The Lion Feeds?This book has characters so far fetched that it defies belief I have enjoyed all of W ...more
Tom Elder
Wilbur Smith. Hector Cross Novel.
Viscous Circle
This book follows on from Those In Peril, and features the fantastic Hector Cross.
He is now married to Hazel whom he had saved in those in peril, Hazel is also heavily pregnant. They are staying in England and whilst returning home from a meeting in London with her gynaecologist an attempt is made on her life.
Hector is determined to find the persons responsible for the attack, so he brings together his band of warriors and goes about finding them. T
Mean Drake
This book IMHO could easily classify as the worst from Wilbur Smith. Senseless blood, gore, violence, rape and abnormal behavior. How much can it all be squeezed into one book.
The first Hector Cross book was just about OK and I finished it with mixed emotions. For this book the emotions were not mixed at all. Smith retains his excellent command over the language and the descriptive paragraphs are vintage Wilbur Smith, but the plot is way below his standards.

I will not delve into the plot line,
Whatever happened to the marvellous author who wrote sweeping stories about the Courtneys and Ballentynes and the Egyptian novels? Not that I was crazy about the bodice-ripping parts of those books, but those tales of Africa are vivid and exciting. This book? Just plain bad, awful in fact. Nothing was believable - not the characters, the plot, the settings, the dialogue. The section about Carl the step-son was the worst, full of gruesome and gratuitous violence. Even though I skimmed it through ...more
Brett Sorge
I have read all of Wilbur Smith's books and this was very different. What I loved about his books is the mixture of great characters mixed with history. I always took something away from each book.
This book is nothing more then fast paced adventure with non believable characters. Although the book had entertainment value, it missed badly on substance and history. It appears he is writing for an international audience and not putting the research into his work.
Patti Seidel
Aug 16, 2015 Patti Seidel marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Too gory. I couldn't finish.
The four stars is because the book kept me reading steadily since the moment I picked it up. Wilbur Smith certainly knows how to write a page-turner!

Should do by now, I guess.

On that note, I think he needs an editor to vet his novels before he gets too far into them. There are just too many unbelievable situations to make this book a truly good read.

Larger than life characters, sure, that's what makes a blockbuster. But how come they can be so clever and farsighted in some things and then so bo
Come on Wilbur! I have read every one of Wilbur Smith's books through the years, even the ones re-released under a different title, though I have to admit I find that pretty irritating. I've loved him and I've hated him. I've found the stories hard to read because of the bigotry, racism, cruelty, genocide, misogny, hatred, and savagery of some of his characters. Sometimes all of his characters. That said, it's still always a good escapist story, even if I have to hold my nose during some of thei ...more
Raja Subramanian
The topic of love, loss and revenge has been part of several hundreds of books over hundreds of years. I am a great fan of Wilbur Smith and have enjoyed his awesome books over the years. Vicious Circle is his latest that follows Those in Peril. The location of the story is in England and in Africa, with a short period in the USA.

Hector Cross, the protagonist, is married to Hazel Bannock who is the billionaire heiress and chief honcho of Bannock Oil. Hazel is shot when she is heavily pregnant. Th
Steve Schlutow
This was fantastic. When I was reading up on this book on Goodreads, I was shocked as to how many Wilbur Smith fans hated this book. At about a third the way through the book I learned why so many of his fans hated this book, it made a dramatic turn in a not so expecting fashion (at least to me). This Hector Cross novel became very sadistic in an extremely graphic fashion, also it could happen just next door (not a world away). Thus making readers uncomfortable. I am a new Wilbur Smith reader, s ...more
Edmond Gagnon
I'm not even going to finish this one. It is bad. In the first 70 pages: bad editing like "the van of the cab" instead of "the cab of the van." Bad dialogue. An explicit sex scene in the first 10 pages with a secondary character?
After thinking it was just me I checked the reviews for this book and found that even Wilbur Smith fans thought it sucked.
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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 Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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Hector Cross (2 books)
  • Those in Peril
River God (Ancient Egypt, #1) The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt, #2) Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt, #3) When the Lion Feeds (Courtney, #1) Monsoon (Courtney #10)

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