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1.0 out of 5 stars Those in peril of losing faith in Wilbur Smith......., 19 July 2011
This review is from: Those In Peril (Hector Cross) (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 6 Jan 2014 13:20:05 GMT
S. Thompson says:
Wilbur Smith isn't writing these books any more...hasn't done so for years. Just puts his name on the cover and someone else knocks them out. He's a fake.

Posted on 30 Jun 2016 11:45:24 BDT
R. J. Barton says:
I couldn't agree more! Beginning with "Quest", it began to seem Smith's fertile author's brain was beginning to become addled (The eunuch Taita regaining his youth and his penis? What possessed him!). "Those in Peril" is about as prurient (in parts) and gruesome as it can get. I have just about sworn off Wilbur Smith for life! Reading reviews and plot lines for "Vicious Circle" and "Predator" has all but confirmed my determination in that regard. Wilbur, stop, already!
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