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Wilbur Smith
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29 Mar 2012 Hector Cross Novels (Book 1)

Hazel Bannock is the owner of the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen year old daughter Cayla kidnapped.

Major Hector Cross is an ex-SAS operative and the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil to provide all their security. His loyalty to the Bannock family goes beyond the call of duty.

The pirates demand a crippling ransom for Cayla’s release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

With growing evidence of the horrific torture to which Cayla is being subjected, Hazel calls on Hector to help her rescue her daughter. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330452509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330452502
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. 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.
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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) OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF WILBUR SMITH ASSEGAI "One thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by fans."--"Publishers Weekly" "There is a reason Smith is a hugely popular writer of historical novels: his remarkable talent for re-creating historical periods and crafting characters we care about is virtually unmatched in the genre. Smith [has] been entertaining readers for nearly five decades, and if this novel is any indication, he is showing no signs of slowing down."--"Booklist" THE TRIUMPH OF THE SUN"Everything [Smith's] fans have come to expect: masterful storytelling and breathtaking adventure...chalk up another winner."--"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) "Espionage, disguise, stabbings in the dark...a story that is--like the Nile itself--swift and powerful." --"Booklist""""Wildly entertaining, compulsively readable."--"Sunday Telegraph" (UK) BLUE HORIZON"The eleventh volume in Smith's saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance."--"Booklist""""Really big retro-fun."--"Kirkus Reviews""""A swashbuckling, brawling, sprawling historical epic. Rich, exciting, and fascinating."--"Library Journal""""Adventure and danger at every turn."--"New York Daily News""""Gripping. The writer's fans will enjoy the ride."--"Publishers Weekly""""Master storyteller Smith takes his story into another generation of adventurers battling on the sea and on land in the settling of South Africa."--"Tulsa World""""Everything Smith's fans have come to expect from his epic adventure novels. H --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Having read every book Wilbur Smith has written, I have always loved his ability to make me feel as if I can see, feel, hear and smell the Africa he writes about, the action sequences so thrilling, the plots well developed and researched, and the lead characters - male and female - so well drawn. With the exception of the truly dire "The Quest" I have enjoyed every book.

Now however I am wondering if he has lost his touch (if he actually wrote this of course, as there are rumours to the contrary). This book - poorly researched with glaring inaccuracies, one-dimensional characters, paper-thin plot developments and very little in the way of true "Wilbur Smith" action, was such a disappointment. The sex scenes were either embarrassing or sickly graphic, the violence so unlike him. And the dialogue ("I feel deeply honoured to have received the gift of her love. It is my armour. With her at my side I shall never again know loneliness") - the hero; ("I must have a baby. I must have a piece of you inside me. That will be the ultimate affirmation of our love") - the heroine. Plus lots of "Oh my darling"s. It felt like a bizarre cross between sado-masochistic porn, a Mills & Boon bodice-ripper, and a poorly written action story.

I truly hope that it gets better than this again. I always look forward to his books - or I used to until this.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THOSE IN PERIL 4 Aug 2011
I have been an avid reader of all Wilbur Smith books since the early days. I was hooked when I first read 'When the Lion Feeds' and have read all the Courtney and Ballantyne novels and I loved the Egyptian Novels where I felt I was transported back in time.

His recent books have not been so captivating, although I enjoyed Assegai, but some of that was a little bit tongue in cheek with some of the exploits.

This book is a huge disappointment. Starts of well but disintegrates into what can only be described as a waste of good paper. It seemed that he ran out of ideas of how to fill the middle section of the book and as consequence filled it with a load of nonsense about the main characters on their extended honeymoon!! I almost gave up on it them but kept going. Its a pity because the piracy topic is highly relevant. As an ex Navy man I found the latter stages of the book quite unrealistic. Hector Cross must be some guy, he didn't seem to need any of the people who were in the book to help him capture the villian(s).
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141 of 146 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but by no means great 6 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Unfortunately dear Wilbur is taking what can only be described as a downward spiral when it comes to his latest novels.

This book is no exception, while highly entertaining and gripping by most novelists standards, it falls short of his great books.
The villains are one dimensional psychopaths, the heroes are stereotypes and the plot is all too predictable.

It pains me to write such a negative review, as Wilbur Smith has been an omnipotent force throughout my life, accompanying me on wonderful holidays, keeping me amused on long flights and getting me through times of worry and stress with that unique ability to transport the reader to another era, another world.

I yearn for a return to the simmering intensity of the earlier books, the sadness of "When The Lion Feeds", the brilliance of "The Burning Shore", the tales which would suck you in from the very first paragraph and keep you gripped until the last.
Wilbur, you are still the best novelist in the world right now, probably ever, take a look at your last four novels, then your first four, and regain the genius that has for the moment left you.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable, but not his usual standard! 13 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been a fan of Wilbur Smith for many years and have read just about every book he has written. It sort of runs in the family I guess you could say! Whilst his books normally manage to get me gripped within the first few pages I very nearly stopped reading this book part way through.
The first problem is the factual inaccuracies. A Major commanding a Brigade? Seriously? Brigadiers command Brigades! Then there's the RPG which could split a tank's armour - well really it depends which tank you're talking about but certainly not a modern main battle tank. Then the NATO standard 5.56mm round which is terrible at penetrating armour (yet they are amongst the very best in the world in penetration tests). Oh and who can forget the Duke of Edinburgh talking about the 3rd Battalion of the SAS... Wilbur Smith should have employed a soldier to check his work before it was published.
The second problem is the way in which the book goes on and on about just how "good" everything related to the main characters are. The richest woman in America, the best wine maker, the largest ship, etc etc. It gets tiring after a while because it is unbelievable that one family is surrounded by so much that is just so perfect in every way and is so successful at everything they put their hand to. The point is laboured far too much, which hints at an attempt to increase the word count, whilst not having to think too much about a story.
Some would probably also say that the book is a bit too violent. This could be true to some extent, but I guess the story is what it is and it is about violence. However if Wilbur is going to write in the modern context then perhaps he should be writing about more modern ways of solving problems.
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