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Vicious Circle Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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It's with real regret that I have to pan Mr. Smith's latest novel. In fact, if I had to do it over again, I would have stopped reading his books after Monsoon in 1999. A "Vicious Circle" is a story full of characters acting in unbelievable (as in not credible and ridiculous) ways, a plethora of unerotic and painfuly detailed sex scenes, and unreal action scenes.
While I highly recommend readers turn to his earliest books for some engaging yarns, please do yourselves a favor and skip this one.
Vicious Circle is the worst book he has written, and left me totally disappointed and disgusted.
The whole book centers around graphic, sick sexual depravity and violence which is repeated constantly throughout the whole book.
Detailed graphic child incest, repeated rape, people being fed to pigs and crocodiles..........
Sorry - this is not the Wilbur Smith who has given me so much entertainment over many decades.
I dont think I will buy another of his books
Still, it's sad to see an author of Wilbur Smith's reputation, who apparently now finds it necessary to write material that seemingly appeals to only one specific demographic? A group who relishes in reading tawdry and salacious books. Books of a kind that can only be described as degenerate and debauched. Surely Mr Wilbur Smith, with your enormous intellect and literary mastery, you can do far better than this 'Hector Cross' series ?
In this newest book his story seems a weak premise, like an excuse for, extreme prolonged violence and vulgar sexual perversion that goes on and on, to the point of boredom. I'm unlikely to make it to the end of this one. No more Hector Cross series for me.
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This is not the Wilbur Smith I admired for his excellent writing. His books, up to this one, always held me spellboundPublished 1 day ago by bobceast
This novel was written for people who are not expecting Bronte or Hemingway, but who simply want a somewhat outrageous story to take their mind away for a number of hours. Read morePublished 5 days ago by jeh
Never fails to achieve unputdownable tension with an excellent knowledge of African environment as usual, from the master.Published 9 days ago by A Pringle
Love, love, love Wilbur Smith!!! We have ALL of his books. This was the only disappointing offer from a GIFTED Storyteller!!!
Buy EVERYTHING else, please. Read more
Totally loved this second book, wilbur Smith is an excellent writer, keeps you reading until you finish. Read morePublished 18 days ago by carol bamberry
I was so engrossed in this book, I was sorry when I got to the end. Thrilling, brutal, and graphic. Hope there is a follow up book.Published 1 month ago by Jill Scholte
Brutality in any of his books. The pig eating the woman was gross and could have been portrayed differently. Life and death has always been part of his books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael E. Pope