Those in Peril (Hector Cross Series #1)

Those in Peril (Hector Cross Series #1)

by Wilbur Smith
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Those in Peril (Hector Cross Series #1) by Wilbur Smith

In Those in Peril, a nail-biting tale of adventure, bestselling author Wilbur Smith brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of twenty-first-century piracy.

While cruising on the family yacht in the Indian Ocean, nineteen-year-old Cayla Bannock is attacked and taken hostage by Somalian pirates. Her kidnappers demand a staggering ransom: twenty billion dollars. And Cayla's not just anyone—she's the daughter of Hazel Bannock, heiress to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the world's foremost oil producers.

The sensitive global political climate means not even the most powerful groups in the world can intervene. Left to handle the problem on her own, Hazel calls on Hector Cross, head of the security agency that protects Bannock Oil. As threats increase and evidence arises of horrific torture, the need to take action becomes more urgent than ever—and soon Hazel and Hector will have no choice but to take the law into their own hands...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250003232
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: Hector Cross Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 139,118
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written more than thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold more than 100 million copies.

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Those in Peril 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
tottman More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
constantreaderGT More than 1 year ago
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.
Patty-P More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Jamal Fakhoury More than 1 year ago
This is certainly the worst novel Mr Smith has dreamed up. Not worth your time or finances
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Roger_Knight More than 1 year ago
When this novel was published in 2011, Wilbur Smith had written thirty three novels. I have read several of his novels and found them well written and entertaining. But not this book. “Those in Peril” suffers from cartoon characters, improbable coincidences and unrealistic action sequences. I don’t know how long it takes to write a 386 page novel when you just phone it in, but Wilbur Smith does.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book...Highly Recommended
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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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