Predator: A Crossbow Novel by Wilbur Smith

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Predator“Predator” is the third book featuring former British soldier Hector Cross. The book opens with the escape of Congo, the man who was responsible for the death of Cross’ wife. Congo seeks revenge against Cross for his incarceration and death sentence. He plans to destroy Cross’ life by destroying Bannock Oil, the source of Cross’ wealth. Congo puts together a complicated plan involving mercenaries, the would-be dictator of an independence-seeking, oil-rich province of an African country and his corrupt attorney. When Cross realizes that Congo has escaped custody, he puts together his own force to stop him once and for all. What follows is ultimately showdown between the two men, only one of which will make it out alive.

Wilbur Smith may be known for his historically based novels but his Crossbow novels with Hector Cross are no less exceptional. I am a huge fan of novels featuring military heroes and after reading just this one novel, I am hooked on Hector Cross. This novel is both informative and riveting, as the countries mentioned in the novel actually do exist and the province mentioned in the novel actually does want to be independent. I am now inclined to seek out Smith’s other books and would give this one 4/5 stars.

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