25 April 2016

Review #409: Predator (Hector Cross, #3) by Wilbur Smith, Tom Cain (Contributor)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

----Marcus Aurelius

Wilbur Smith, the bestselling author, pens his latest thriller from his Hector Cross series called, Predator that is also contributed by the internationally bestselling author, Tom Cain. This book centers around the ex-SAS warrior and former private security consultant Major Hector Cross who is now on a man-hunt yet one more time to finish off his enemy who murdered his wife as well as to find a new enemy who is creating terrorism and fear in the name of global domination.



Two men are responsible for the death of Hector Cross’ wife and only one is left alive: Johnny Congo – psychopath, extortionist, murderer, and the bane of Cross’s life. He caught him before and let him go. Now, Hector wants him dead. So does the US government.

Congo is locked up on Death Row in the most secure prison in the free world, counting down the days until his execution. He’s got two weeks. He wants out. He’s escaped before and knows he can again, and with whizz kid D’Shonn Brown enlisted, he might just have a chance.

Cross, still licking his wounds from his last bruising encounter with Congo, is back and ready for work. In the middle of the rough Atlantic stands oil supertanker Bannock A.

Terrorist activity in the area has triggered panic and there’s only one person they can trust to protect her.

What is promised as a cakewalk turns out to be much more, a mission that will test Cross to his emotional and physical limits. But a life spent in the SAS and private security has left Cross hard-wired for pain and as he is thrown into the bull pit once more, he will not stop until he has snared his prey.

Hector Cross is Predator.

Hector Cross is now on the move again and this time he has taken the laws on to his own hands to finish off the man who killed his wife- Johnny Congo. As Congo is being shifted to another prison where he will be executed for his crimes, he escapes while leaving a trail of dead bodies. Cross has been requested to take care of some suspected terrorist activities on the freezing Atlantic on an oil supertanker. Both Congo and Cross has become ruthless and will not stop at nothing to kill each other. Who gets to win, only reading this story will tell that and for which you need to pick a copy of this book now.

This is my first time that I read anything written by either Tom Cain or Wilbur Smith so I could not differentiate much who wrote which part of the story. The authors' writing style is fantastic, edgy, laced with tension and gripping suspense. The book is addictive from the first page itself as the authors delve the backstories of the characters with lots of details thus providing the story with a moderate pace. The narrative is engaging and at times is laced with raw-violence that will sometimes become bit too painful enough to digest.

The mystery itself is tightly wrapped under so many layers and confusing twists and turns that are so hard to predict from a reader's POV. The authors help their readers to move smoothly with the flow of the mystery and suspense and with their vividly arresting details, the readers are bound to feel the adrenaline-rushing thrill from the pages of this book. The story itself is not a page turner, although the adventure will keep the readers on their edges pretty much all the time.

The main characters have that psychological hold on to the minds of the readers. From a first time readers of this series, like me, the story does not disappoint with the characters who were already developed in the previous books, as the authors have introduced them yet one more time with their past lives, thus making it easier for the readers to comprehend with the characters. The main character, the hero of the story has lot of similarities with the negative character, the villain of the story. Both Congo and Cross tortured people and showed an inhumane brutality on their way to their goals. Rest of the supporting characters are also quite well-developed.

Overall, this enthralling thrilling adventurous mystery is a must read for those who enjoy a compelling crime-fiction that involves murder, rape, torture, terrorism, scandal as well as adventure.

Verdict: A captivating as well as an intriguing thriller.

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book. 

Author Info:
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 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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