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Those in Peril (Hector Cross #1)

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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: twent
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Paperback, 461 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 10th 2011)
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Nick Brett
Apr 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The great storyteller has, sadly, produced an absolute mess here.

Somalian pirates kidnap the daughter of mega rich oil company boss, Hazel Bannock and she turns to her ex SAS head of security to find and rescue her.

So far so good, and easy premise around which Wilbur Smith could weave his narrative skills but that is where it all goes wrong. It's difficult to know where to start, but long, unnecessary and detailed sex scenes, caricature bad guys, poor characterisations and stilted and painful di
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Debbi
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just heard I won this from First Reads; can't wait to get it and read it. Thank you!

Well, I just finished this book. I have long been a fan of Wilbur Smith, having read all his books, starting with his Ballantyne novels and absolutely adoring his Egypt series. However, I have to admit to being disappointed by this book. Its sort of a cross between a Jack Higgins novel and a romance novel. The protagonist is pretty unbelievable, and his female counterpart goes from being strong woman heading a ma
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Candace
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, thank-you to Goodreads for sending me this book for free! I wish I could write a good review of this, but I can not. While Wilbur Smith's characters generally are stereotypes (think rugged alpha male, and beautiful spirited female) that hasn't bothered me in the past and I've enjoyed the pacing and action sequences of his plots and his realistic portrayal of his settings. This time, I couldn't get past the flatness of the characters and the graphic sexual violence. This book is not as wel ...more
Becky
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have SO many mixed feelings on this book. At times it was over a 4 & then it dropped to a zero(if possible). The relationship between Hazel & Hector was unbelievable. The dialogue was beyond stupid. But then the story line for the first part was interesting & suspenseful.

Who wrote the middle rubbish of this book? It didn't even read like the first part. The story went into trivial areas...I mean hobknobbing with the Queen of England & Prince Philip??? Really, I find that doubtf
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Sam
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am a big Wilbur Smith fan but this is absolutely shocking. I am genuinely surprised that the publisher accepted this given the strength of his previous works. It is singularly the most cliched and poorly written book I've ever read. The dialogue is at best clumsy, at worst embarrassingly unrealistic. The narrative is identical in this respect - the ridiculous nature of Smith's plot devices was summed up for me when the lead characters come across another ship in the middle of the Indian ocean, ...more
Ch
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book Wilbur Smith has written - what should have been a great plot line for him, felt more like a mills and boon - if his name had not been on the cover I would have thought it was ghost written by someone without any experience.
The characters were insipid and plastic with nothing believable about them - they related to each other in utterly inconvincing style and the dialogue should be renamed direlogue!
I feel really saddened that an author who could spin such great stories as the Court
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Scott
May 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish this. If I could score it less than one star, I would. The fact that I was willing to skim it even halfway through is only because Wilbur Smith is one of my favorite authors and has produced a few of the best novels I have ever read. It's hard to believe that the same man who wrote "The Angels Weep" and "The Burning Shore" (among other great novels) produced this book. His stereotypical characters are what finally did it in for me, especially his one-dimensional portrayal ...more
Raylea
Dec 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been with Wilbur smith for many years. From When the Lion Feeds through the Courtney years. Always a fan of his big African vistas. Things started going downhill at the end of the Egyptian series particularly when Taita grew his bits back, oh Wilbur what were you thinking? This novel not only contains every literary cliche known to man, but everyone and everything is drawn in such an over the top way that I have trouble thinking this was actually written to be taken seriously. Yes I stuck ...more
R.C. Bean
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the first novel by Smith that I read, I was stunned with the fandom he seems to have created with his other novels. The web is full of rave reviews and recommendations for many of his works, including the Egyptian series.

“Those in Peril” is an Africa-based novel, and delves into the depths of a topic of burning contentions across the world – Piracy in Somalian waters. Given the absolute relevance of the subject Smith has chosen to handle, you would expect the author to go easy
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Jemma
Mar 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: book-club, 2012, library
'Those in Peril' is the first book I have read by Wilbur Smith. I do not think I will be reading another by this author. This book was read for my book club, and that is the only reason I would ever have picked up this kind of book.

Hazel Bannock is a millionaire by marriage and recently widowed, and has a rather rebellious teenage daughter, Cayla. One day, Cayla is kidnapped by Somalian pirates who bring their 'prize' back to the leader of their tribe, the Sheikh. Desperation ensues, and Mrs Ban
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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