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Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith

Those in Peril (edition 2012)

by Wilbur Smith

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Title:Those in Peril
Authors:Wilbur Smith
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages

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Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith

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An adventure set in the violent world of modern piracy and terrorism follows the kidnapping of an oil heiress's daughter for a multi-billion-dollar ransom and the efforts of Cross Bow Security head Hector Cross to secure her release.
  ingxangxosi | Oct 5, 2013 |
SUMMARY: Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening. When Hazel is given evidence of the horrific torture which Cayla is being subjected to, she calls on Hector Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the owner and operator of Cross Bow Security, the company which is contracted to Bannock Oil to provide all their security. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I used to really like Wilbur Smith but that was his early pre-1990 writing when he wrote his excellent Courtney series as well as his standalone novels. They were well researched novels with a strong male and female character in each book.

His characters have never really changed over the years though....hard as nails tough guy hero, sexy bitch who eventually shows her soft side....they are in almost every book. However until the 1990's he kept graphic sex out of his novels...lots of innuendo but the scene always changed when it got too hot leaving the rest to your fertile imagination.

In this book, you don't get more than 20-30 pages until you have a pornographic description of a teenager of the heroine lasting several pages....it was totally superfluous to the story...sex is in the book almost every 20 pages thereafter...sometimes reasonable...mostly not...THIS IS THE MAIN REASON for the lower rating from me. There was a token good Arab hero/heroine (she did not last long) but most Arabs were stereotypical bad guys...not much different from his other books with a good black warrior and his trusty bushman ... it seems Wilbur can think of any other characters.

Overall, skipping the sex scenes and most of that dialogue I did like the book. Though the characters are formula the story was reasonable.

This dirty-old-man writing style is the main reason I do not read him much anymore. ( )
  Lynxear | Sep 1, 2013 |
Exciting high seas and desert adventure with kidnapped heiresses, a blood feud, lots of guns and guts, and, of course, a gizzled hero. Hector Cross is the security head of a large oil-based company headed by the attractive widow, Hazel Bannock. When her luxury yacht, the Amorous Dolphin (!), is pirated with daughter, Cayla, aboard, Hazel seeks help from the U.S. and Royal Navy without results. It's up to Hector to save the girl from the brutal Arab pirates. Little does he know that he is up against the Sheikh who has already lost two sons to Heck and has engineered this kidnapping to draw Heck into his sights.

The rescue is one of two climaxes in this story. The first is carried out on land in a fictitious emirate named Abu Zara. The second on board the natural gas carrier called the Golden Goose which is used to lure the evil Arabs into Heck's sights.

Full of stereotypical Arabs, Smith doesn't paint the 'civilized' Americans much more civilized as they end the blood feud bloodily. Lots of action, this book is a real page turner. ( )
  mamzel | Feb 18, 2013 |
I happen to really like most all of Wilbur Smiths books but I really didn’t fancy this one for some reason … until my parents sent the book to me with high praise indeed from both of them…. Having said that, the fact that my parents are in their late seventies reading a book by an author in his late 70s is rarely going to light my fire … and the idea of an immensely wealthy lady mixing it up with an ex SAS operator kind of sums it all up in my mind. This is simply NOT going to be a Wilbur Smith classic but …

I didn’t like the fact that the bad guys were all dangerous Muslim Arabs as that rides the sad but recent tide of negative anti-Islamic press
I didn’t like the fact that the sharia law was shown up sensational, yes people are beheaded but not in the numbers Wilbur Smith implies and certainly not on one day
I didn’t mind the occasional graphic sex because for an old man it was well written … though I question why it was there
The book did stun me with one twist and turn in events that I didn’t see coming and that takes some doing

I kind of hope Wilbur Smith doesn’t write too much more. This feels like a book that has sat on a back burner for some years and the publishers suggested, let’s bring it up to date, make the woman immensely wealthy and the bad guys pirates etc

BUT … if its mind candy you are looking for this is without doubt a seriously good, old-fashioned gripping yarn but that’s all it is; escapism, adventure ( )
  stuartechambers | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling twenty-billion-dollar ransom for her 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 Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil Corporation to provide all their protection. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
            For nearly fifty years, internationally bestselling author Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with novels set during the Egyptian era all the way up through the present day. Now, Those in Peril brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of twenty-first-century piracy.

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An adventure set in the violent world of modern piracy and terrorism follows the kidnapping of an oil heiress's daughter for a multi-billion-dollar ransom and the efforts of Cross Bow Security head Hector Cross to secure her release.

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