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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 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.
of derring-do, but he recognized and valued the killer instinct in others. He did not need Johnny’s endorsement to see that Sam was a hard man. He gave Johnny a nod of approval and listened as Johnny gave Sam his orders. He was to go into Kazundu in the guise of an itinerant work seeker, and carry out a preliminary reconnaissance. The only feasible way into Kazundu was by lake steamer. Sam flew on Air Zambia from Harare into the port of Kigoma on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. In the
Hector suppressed that last residue of his resentment towards her. ‘Please relay this to Paddy. He is to follow us into the dungeons and try to catch up with us as soon as possible. I might need his support.’ ‘Roger that, Hector!’ ‘Now please give me an update on my own position.’ Hector had a clear plan of this area in his head from studying the architectural drawings that Ronnie Bunter and Jo had obtained from Andrew Moorcroft. However, they were now fifty feet below ground level and there
the brutal physical routine. He slept deeply and dreamlessly. The dreadful aching void left by Hazel began to close. At last he could remember her with joy rather than hopeless despair. He knew that he was going to avenge her death, and that maybe she would be able to rest more peaceably once he had accomplished that. As his body regained its strength so too did his relationship with Tariq strengthen. The two of them were drawn as close as they had been many years ago. They had shared so much
fleetingly. ‘“Of course he will not have it too long,” the old man said, and the smile was gone again. “In a very few years we will all be booted out of here by the former owners from whom we stole it in the first place. Africa always wins in the end.” I was silent. There was no reply I could think of. ‘“But you, young Hector. What shall we do with you?” Again I had no answer, and I kept my mouth shut. I had long ago learned that was the safest option. He went on speaking. “You will always be a
you on the mouth, Bryoni?’ ‘No, sir. Why would I do that?’ ‘Just answer my questions, please, Bryoni. Did you ever put your tongue in Carl’s mouth when he kissed you?’ ‘Objection! Witness has already testified that she never kissed the defendant on the mouth,’ Melody pointed out. ‘Objection sustained,’ Judge Chamberlain said. ‘Counsel will withdraw that question.’ ‘Question withdrawn.’ Martius bowed slightly to the judge, and then turned back to Bryoni. ‘Did you ever enter the bathroom when