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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller

Adam Tipoo Tip and his grandfather Sheik Mohammed Khan Tipoo Tip set in motion a diabolical scheme to obtain blood money. Off of Africa, they send Somali pirates to kidnap nineteen year old Cayla Bannock who is leisurely sailing on her yacht. When her mother Bannock O...
Adam Tipoo Tip and his grandfather Sheik Mohammed Khan Tipoo Tip set in motion a diabolical scheme to obtain blood money. Off of Africa, they send Somali pirates to kidnap nineteen year old Cayla Bannock who is leisurely sailing on her yacht. When her mother Bannock Oil CEO Hazel learns of her daughter's abduction, though powerful she fails to motivate world leaders to intervene.

The Tipoo Tip pair torture Cayla so that the world can see even as they demand ransom for her release. Hazel sends her private security chief Hector Cross to rescue her daughter. The Tipoo Tips expected this move as part two of their plan is to abduct Hazel and demand billions and will torture her to get at Cross as they owe him in a long running family blood feud.

This is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller that is over the top of Mt. Shimbiris with the insane decisions made by the Tipoo Tip duo, the Bannock pair and Cross as logic is a nasty L word. Still the action is non-stop and the locale ideal for a confrontation as fans expect High Noon in Africa.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 1, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Good action, bad characters

I received this book through an early reviewer program. Those in Peril deals with a very topical subject, modern-day piracy. The private yacht of a rich oil baroness, Hazel Bannock, is hijacked by pirates and her daughter held for ransom. When legal means of recovering ...
I received this book through an early reviewer program. Those in Peril deals with a very topical subject, modern-day piracy. The private yacht of a rich oil baroness, Hazel Bannock, is hijacked by pirates and her daughter held for ransom. When legal means of recovering her daughter prove fruitless, she turns to the ex-military head of her private security; a man she doesn't trust or respect, but who will take actions that governments can't or won't. The action sequences in this book are very well written and enjoyable. Those sequences and the leadup to them cover about two-thirds of the book. The other third of the book, dealing with character development and "romance" was simply not credible. The graphicness of the sex scenes didn't bother me, though they may some, but the unbelievability of them did. They seemed straight out a teenage boy's dreams, or a late-night Cinemax movie. Worse though, was the character development. I found myself rooting for one of the "good" characters to get roughed up because she was so thoroughly unlikeable. The two main characters, Hector and Hazel, while likeable enough, had lapses in judgement that were painful to read. The author also felt the need to explain what the characters had done in "thinking to themselves" passages rather than let the action and the dialogue speak for itself. Most of the characters, both "good guys" and "bad guys", made awful and inexplicable decisions seemingly because the plot had nowhere to go if they had just been a little smarter. The pace of the book was generally good, except for a puzzling lull in the middle, and the setting and action of the story was very entertaining. Don't expect to see this book on any list of award nominees, but if you like action and can overlook the lack of believable characters, this book is worth the read.

posted by tottman on March 26, 2011

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Good action, bad characters

    I received this book through an early reviewer program. Those in Peril deals with a very topical subject, modern-day piracy. The private yacht of a rich oil baroness, Hazel Bannock, is hijacked by pirates and her daughter held for ransom. When legal means of recovering her daughter prove fruitless, she turns to the ex-military head of her private security; a man she doesn't trust or respect, but who will take actions that governments can't or won't. The action sequences in this book are very well written and enjoyable. Those sequences and the leadup to them cover about two-thirds of the book. The other third of the book, dealing with character development and "romance" was simply not credible. The graphicness of the sex scenes didn't bother me, though they may some, but the unbelievability of them did. They seemed straight out a teenage boy's dreams, or a late-night Cinemax movie. Worse though, was the character development. I found myself rooting for one of the "good" characters to get roughed up because she was so thoroughly unlikeable. The two main characters, Hector and Hazel, while likeable enough, had lapses in judgement that were painful to read. The author also felt the need to explain what the characters had done in "thinking to themselves" passages rather than let the action and the dialogue speak for itself. Most of the characters, both "good guys" and "bad guys", made awful and inexplicable decisions seemingly because the plot had nowhere to go if they had just been a little smarter. The pace of the book was generally good, except for a puzzling lull in the middle, and the setting and action of the story was very entertaining. Don't expect to see this book on any list of award nominees, but if you like action and can overlook the lack of believable characters, this book is worth the read.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    This is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller

    Adam Tipoo Tip and his grandfather Sheik Mohammed Khan Tipoo Tip set in motion a diabolical scheme to obtain blood money. Off of Africa, they send Somali pirates to kidnap nineteen year old Cayla Bannock who is leisurely sailing on her yacht. When her mother Bannock Oil CEO Hazel learns of her daughter's abduction, though powerful she fails to motivate world leaders to intervene.

    The Tipoo Tip pair torture Cayla so that the world can see even as they demand ransom for her release. Hazel sends her private security chief Hector Cross to rescue her daughter. The Tipoo Tips expected this move as part two of their plan is to abduct Hazel and demand billions and will torture her to get at Cross as they owe him in a long running family blood feud.

    This is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller that is over the top of Mt. Shimbiris with the insane decisions made by the Tipoo Tip duo, the Bannock pair and Cross as logic is a nasty L word. Still the action is non-stop and the locale ideal for a confrontation as fans expect High Noon in Africa.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    not his best

    I have been a Wilbur Smith fan for years and looked forward to this book. The beginning of the book was good until about 150 pages into the middle then either Mr. Smiths' feminine voice came into play or he had a ditzy female writing the thoughts of the two main characters. I was about to give up when the male Smith started writing and the book got exciting again..though not really cretible...not one of the best books he has written..

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Good book wish it was longer

    One of my favorite authors.Read all his books.A little slow in the middle but you know the Somalies aren't finished with Hector.Not as good as his earlier novels but anything by Mr.Smith is highly recommended.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Wilbur finally getting old and loosing it

    This is certainly the worst novel Mr Smith has dreamed up. Not worth your time or finances

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2011

    Contrived; waste of time

    The characters and the dialogue are contrived. I'm finally giving up on Wilbur Smith.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Wilbur needs to retire

    Compared to his early books of the pioneer days in Africa, this was horrible. He has replaced colorful narrative and prose with a pornographic attempt to get a made-for-tv contract. Was a waste of money unless you want some graphic sexual content and blood/guts.

    Too bad - I have great memories of his books from years back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    highly recommended suspenseful historic novel

    I have read most of Wilbur Smith's books as they first came out and have been re-reading the m every 10 yrs. or so. Well conceived and deeply immersed in African, especially southern part history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Those in Peril

    Very good book...Highly Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    I this storey ls one of Mr Smith s better stand alone tales.

    I have read all of Mr. Smith s books, some many times. His stand alone stories are complete by thier selves and this is no exception. As always he leaves you wanting more.
    I hope Mr. Smith is in good and will be around for along time. We have lot to many great arthors and he is one of a kind.
    All his tales are loaded with facts and history that I would not know, he makes knowledge easy.
    Thank you Mr. Smith for the hours of enjoyment.
    AEM horswhip

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Filthy, disgusting, and vulgar. Don't waste your time. This coul

    Filthy, disgusting, and vulgar. Don't waste your time. This could be a great book, but is pulled down to the depths of the gutter by the author's obsession with male genitalia. Terrible.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Wow! One of his best!

    a fast paced, page turner that grabs you and won't let you go.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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