A very cheeky price but a much better "Smithesque" attempt than the dreadful Hector Cross series. It does lack the intense excitement of an original Smith book (try reading the first bit of "Hungry as the sea" to get an experience of a REAL piece of exciting writing) but there are some very good sections. Characterisation is good, the romance part was good but probably just a little too overdone. The descriptive ability of Wilbur Smith is one of the greatest ever and this book doesn't reach those original heights but it is still good. A very enjoyable read, good characters and a good basis for a future series. If it was a "real" Smith book I would gladly pay the ridiculous price but for what I assume is a franchise written book, it is badly overpriced.