Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith


7 Critic Reviews

An uneven, ripped-from-the-headlines swashbuckler...


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...


About Wilbur Smith

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
Published May 10, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 398 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 4


Above average

An uneven, ripped-from-the-headlines swashbuckler...

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Publishers Weekly

on Mar 21 2011

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.

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Suite 101

on Apr 18 2011

Those in Peril, is positioned off the coast of Africa and showcases 21st century high-tech piracy and terrorism.

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on Mar 25 2011

If Smith handles action better than any writer since Ian Fleming the same goes double for the more steamy parts of the book.

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The American Book Center Blog

Below average
on May 17 2011

Nothing more than action, thrills (and sex) is promised and, like with an action movie, nothing more than face value should be expected.

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When Falls the Coliseum

Below average
on Jan 03 2013

The female characters are terrible...No one addresses their college-age child by saying, “Oh, my darling daughter!” Does. Not. Happen. And the sex scenes? My god, they were painful to read.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

The characters are stereotypes, the plot is predictable and banal, and the story is hard to believe...

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