Those in Peril [NOOK Book]

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The unrivaled master of action-adventure fiction delivers one of his best novels yet: an unstoppable contemporary tale of piracy, terrorism, and revenge

In his long career as a bestselling novelist, Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with stories of Africa from the Egyptian era all the way up through the twentieth century. Now, he stakes his claim on new territory with a smashing novel set in the violent world of 21st-century piracy.

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Overview


The unrivaled master of action-adventure fiction delivers one of his best novels yet: an unstoppable contemporary tale of piracy, terrorism, and revenge

In his long career as a bestselling novelist, Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with stories of Africa from the Egyptian era all the way up through the twentieth century. Now, he stakes his claim on new territory with a smashing novel set in the violent world of 21st-century piracy.

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 Muslim pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held for ransom. The pirates demand a crippling multi-billion dollar ransom for her release.

Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the 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 protection. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.

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The hijacked yacht is lavish, but for the Somalian pirates, the real prize was the young woman aboard. Nineteen-year-old Cayla Bannock is the daughter of oil heiress Hazel Bannock. Stoking their greed, the kidnappers demand a dizzying twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Worse yet, world powers seem disinclined to provide any substantive help. Increasingly anxious (for apparently good reason) and with no other options, the mother enlists the help of security company operative Hector Cross to rescue Cayla from the lawless, lascivious monsters. Wilbur Smith (Dark of the Sun; The Sound of Thunder) delivers a high seas, high-risk adventure story.

Tim Flannigan

Publishers Weekly
Hot sex, ultra violence, rich beautiful women, brave handsome men—Smith (The Quest) delivers it all in this over-the-top thriller set largely on the high seas. Hector Cross, security chief for Hazel Bannock, owner and CEO of Bannock Oil, battles Somali pirates led by Adam Tipoo Tip and his grandfather, Sheik Mohammed Khan Tipoo Tip, who have kidnapped Cayla Bannock, Hazel's adored 19-year-old daughter. The Tipoo Tips also plan to capture Hazel and ransom her for several billion dollars as well as torture and murder Cross, with whom they have a longstanding blood feud. Cross isn't going to allow the bad guys to carry out their depredations on the Bannock women, especially after he and Hazel become lovers. The author's vast legions of fans should embrace the lurid action, the larger-than-life characters, and the heated prose with their usual enthusiasm. (May)
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Praise for Those in Peril

"Those in Peril is the thriller of the year."—Daily Express (UK)

"Gun-blazing action."—Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Another outstanding adventure from this popular author."—The French Paper (UK)

"As with most of Smith’s books, this one is a cracker of a read."—The Citizen (New Zealand)

"Those in Peril has much to recommend it...if you like your action plain, graphic and simple yet never entirely predictable, Smith will satisfy."—Sunday Express

"One of the world's most popular adventure writers."—The Washington Post Book World

"Pirates and passion in rip-roaring page-turner...Those in Peril is the thriller of the year.  I defy anyone who has picked it up even in scorn to put it down...Those in Peril consists for the most part of one scalp-cooling set piece after another...If Smith handles action better than any writer since Ian Fleming the same goes doubly for the more steamy part of the book...few novelists have taught so much to so many as Smith."—Daily Express

Praise for Wilbur Smith

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)      

"Best Historical Novelist—I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."—Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."—The Washington Post Book World

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” Daily Express (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."—Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times

 

 

Library Journal
When Cayla, the spoiled and promiscuous daughter of oil tycoon Hazel Bannock, is kidnapped from her yacht by Islamic fundamentalist pirates off the African coast, Hazel is frustrated by the reluctance of the world's powers to intervene. As her daughter's torture becomes public, Hazel turns to Hector Cross, owner of a private security firm that also protects Hazel's oil fields, to rescue the girl and destroy the pirates. VERDICT Smith's (Assegai; Warlock) many fans will enjoy a tale that includes nonstop action, multiple treacheries, vengeance, extreme violence, and explicit sex. The novel, however, is marred by an implausible plot and sometimes ridiculous dialog. The issue of modern piracy is a tale that needs to be told, and someone like a Tom Clancy or a Frederick Forsyth could have done a much better job. [Library marketing.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Smith tackles modern-day pirates in this adventure novel set in Africa.

Hector Cross has a problem. As the head of Cross Bow Security, he is tasked with protecting the assets of Bannock Oil in Abu Zara. When Somalian pirates kidnap heiress Cayla Bannock, her mother, Hazel, insists on accompanying Hector on the rescue mission. Complicating matters is Adam Tippoo Tip, sheikh of Puntland, a ragtag fiefdom of pirates, who has sworn vengeance against Hector for killing both his father and grandfather. Although Hector and Hazel start off loathing one another, their animosity inevitably gives way to passion. There's quite a bit of sex in the book, and it's typically gratuitous or grisly, including a horrifying gang-rape scene. Smith's action sequences are first-rate, but he's not a reflective writer and the story is marked by flat prose and wooden dialogue. (Cayla, for instance, doesn't come remotely close to sounding like a young American girl from Houston.) Vengeance plays a major role here; it's the chief motivating force for both sides. Curiously, those who have been wronged by the pirate king's schemes embrace their tormenter's notion of what constitutes just punishment: a life for a life. The characters mete out revenge with ruthless savagery, engage in torture and carry out executions, making them no better than the enemy. Hector and Hazel ultimately win the day, but at a price so steep only a cynic would call it a victory.

An uneven, ripped-from-the-headlines swashbuckler whose heroes dodge their enemies' bullets and the implications of their own actions, with mixed results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429921169
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 34,212
  • File size: 616 KB

Meet the Author


WILBUR SMITH was born in Central Africa. He has written thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 100 million copies.
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Cayla was not certain what had awakened her. She thought she must have heard something. She sat up sleepily on the rumpled bed and listened with her head on one side. The sound was not repeated but something else had changed. Sleep slowed her mind so it took another few seconds for her to realize that the ship’s engines had stopped, and she was rolling ponderously to the surge of the sea.

‘That’s strange.’ She was unconcerned. ‘We cannot possibly have reached port yet.’ Then she realized that her bladder was uncomfortably full. She threw her legs over the side of the bed and stood up. She braced herself to the unusual motion of the yacht and then staggered to the bathroom. She perched on the toilet and sighed with relief as she emptied her bladder. She stood up and started back towards the bed. Moonlight was pouring in through the porthole that looked out over the owner’s private deck and swimming pool.

She was awake now and she paused at the porthole to look out at the starry sky and the dark sea. There was no wake pouring back behind the stern and she realized that her first impression was correct. The Dolphin had stopped. She thought that she would telephone the bridge and find out from the officer of the watch what was happening, but at that moment a shadow passed the porthole, and she realized that there was somebody out there on the private deck.

Immediately she was angry. That area was strictly out of bounds to the crew. She and her mother used it for nude sunbathing and swimming. Now she would certainly call the bridge and have the trespasser castigated. But before she turned away another figure came into her line of sight. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a black Arab shawl wound around his head to cover his face, leaving only his eyes showing. They glinted as he turned towards her. He paused in front of the porthole and peered in. She shrank back in alarm. The man put his face against the glass and raised one hand to shade his eyes, and she realized that the moonlight was insufficient to enable him to see into the darkened cabin. His demeanour was furtive but at the same time menacing. She held her breath and stood frozen with terror. He seemed to be staring into her eyes, but after a few seconds he stepped back from the porthole. With another pang of fear she saw that he had an automatic rifle slung over his shoulder. He vanished from her view but immediately three more dark figures filed swiftly and silently past the porthole. All of them carried automatic weapons.

Now she realized that it must have been the sound of rifle fire that had woken her. She had to get help. She was terrified and shaking. She ran back into her cabin and snatched the satellite telephone from the bedside table. Frantically she dialled the bridge. There was no reply but she let it ring while she tried to think what to do next. There was only one other person she could appeal to. She dialled her mother’s private line. Hazel’s recorded voice instructed her to leave a message. She rang off and immediately dialled again with the same result.

‘Oh, Mummy! Mummy! Please help me.’ She whimpered and began to compose a text message on her mobile phone, her thumbs flying over the keys as she typed.

Terrible things happening. Strange men with guns . . .

She stopped in mid-sentence. There was somebody at the door of her cabin. Somebody was opening the lock with a pass key. She punched the send button on her mobile phone and threw the device into the drawer of her beside table and slammed it shut. In almost the same movement she sprang from the bed. She rushed to the door and threw her weight against it as it began to open.


From Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith. Copyright © 2011 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

 

 

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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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