Those in Peril

Those in Peril

Book - 2012
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This is an another outstanding adventure from one of the world's best loved storytellers. Hazel Bannock is the owner of the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen year old daughter Cayla kidnapped. Major Hector Cross is an ex-SAS operative and the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil to provide all their security. His loyalty to the Bannock family goes beyond the call of duty. The pirates demand a crippling ransom for Cayla's release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening. With growing evidence of the horrific torture to which Cayla is being subjected, Hazel calls on Hector to help her rescue her daughter. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Pan MacMillan Paperback Omes, 2012
Edition: Open market ed
ISBN: 9781447208839
1447208838
Branch Call Number: Pbk SMI
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 18 cm

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ritarufus
Oct 31, 2016

Incredibly suspenseful

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Tonybaldock
Feb 22, 2015

Book One before Vicious Circle, a really good book

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stewstealth
Jul 14, 2014

This is the first novel I have read by the author and it is a decent airplane read. The characterizations and love story seem slapped together. The plot moves at a generally fast pace. Graphic description of sex and violence in the novel. Suitable for some.

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daeb
Dec 10, 2013

Smith seems to hve acquired a taste fot graphic descriptions of the rape of young girls. This book is not worth the read. Hector Cross, the cartoon "hero", kills lots of bad guys, lots of good guys die, and he meets his charming wife Hazel in this one. She gets to kill a bad guy too! Her relationship with Cross begins shorttly after she sees video of ten men raping her daughter. Not very realistic, that. Smith's older books are still among my favorites, but his racism and misogyny are glaringly apparent here, as in all his newer work. Disappointing.

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carolecressman
Nov 23, 2013

Well written, of course, but far too violent and brutal

MYRLYN Oct 17, 2013

For the majority of the commenters (who were disappointed and presumably surprised that it was an esteemed "Wilbur Smith" tome they were reading and not another Jack Higgins rag), I have more bad news for you....... His newest (2013) effort "Vicious Circle" is just as embarrassing (for Wilbur of course). I hate to generalize, but could Mr. Smith have fallen into that predictable rut where some authors of advanced age lose their spark of inspiration and fall back on just cashing in on their name and past reputation?? And finally, it is safe to assume that his editor(s) just don't have the heart to tell him the truth of how lackluster his last two or three book were. I grew up reading this man's early works (right up to the Egyptian historical epics) and the light cast from his brilliance then forged my love and obsession with English language novels. Alas but I am one sad and despairing baby booming bibliophile!!

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almond590
Feb 18, 2013

want to pick up at central library

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dannnn
Feb 01, 2013

Not the bst of his but much better than his last work. A real page turner with lots of what he does best.

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seanodea
Feb 13, 2012

Smith has written a lot of very good books, but this is not one of them. The story is predictible, the characters are shallow and the romantic storyline is out of a Harlequin Romance novel. In conclusion it appers to be the work of a lesser author, not up to the quality of Smith many other fine books.

a5a22406 Nov 27, 2011

This is my fifth or sixth read of a Wilbur Smith novel since I 'discovered' him about three years ago. Love his knowledge and history of all parts of Africa. Great read!

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willy03
Aug 11, 2011

Enjoyable book in the Smith mould but is a little light in plot but still gave ie a 4 star rating

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