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Those In Peril (The Hector Cross Novels) by [Smith, Wilbur]
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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

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Another outstanding adventure from one of the world's best loved storytellers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8RYZA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 652 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think that Wilbur Smith has now lost his way, if like me you are a huge fan of his early works such as the Courtney series or my personal favourite The Sunbird, this book is not for you. Many aspects of Smith's writing do irk me something fierce, and all of them are present in this book.
The characters have no depth what soever, the typical Wilbur Smith formula of his protagonists being absolutely perfect in every conceivable way. Hazel Bannock is the most beautiful and most successful business woman in all of America, a pro tennis player who marries a rich and much older man. when this ancient husband of her's dies she wages a legal battle with her step son for control of the company. How is that supposed to endear us to the character? her daughter is also one of the most irritating and grating creations that i have ever encountered, a spoilt rich girl and quite stupid to boot.
Hector Cross is the superb fighter and savvy operator yatayatayata, boring sums him up quite well.
The characters are also completely unbelievable in the sense that they become emotionally attached extremely quick, Hector and Hazel go through the cycle of i hate you, but damn you're fit, everything i hated about you i now love, oh darling this oh darling that. in what seems about five minutes. immensely annoying. and hector begins to think of himself as the girls father almost immediately without even meeting her, and then when they do meet within the space of a few hours they had formed this wonderful father daughter bond, even though the daughter had no idea he was her potential step father at the time, it made me sick.
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Many reviewers seem to want to compare this book with Wilbur's African adventure series such as the Ballentines & the Courtneys Which I too think were his best.....This cannot be done as they are of a completly different genre, as are his Egyptian stories. This is the joy and skill of an an author like Wilbur Smith who is not not stuck in a particular style rut and is able to write brilliant stories in several different styles/genre.
I have read and enjoyed all of Wilbur Smiths books, The early ones whilst sailing on Oil Tankers around Africa though the very waters on the way to the Gulf in which most of the action is set.
Would it not be wonderful if there were some real people such as the hero's of this book who could stage such a covert destruction of terrorist bases and we could wake up one morning to find the coast of Somalia and the approaches to the Gulf safe once more.
I found it exciting to read and could not put it down...It's a story for heaven's sake... it's not supposed to be true!..I await the next book whatever the genre.
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The first Wilbur Smith novel I read was 'Eye of the Tiger' many many years ago when I around 12 years of age, I became an avid reader of all of his books and enjoyed them all - some of them were very good, some good, some poor and the odd stinker.

I have not read one of his novels for a good few years and decided to give this a go.

This falls solidly between poor and stinker (verging towards stinker).

The plot is not bad, in no way is it original, it's a rehash of several previous plot lines that the author used to much better effect in novels such as 'Wild Justice', 'Dark of the Sun' and 'Hungry as the Sea'.

The characters are stereotypes, the dialogue is stilted and the exchanges between the two main female characters are laughable, containing some of the most unrealistic prose I have ever read, as is most of the dialogue spouted by the villains of the novel.

What is worse is that the technical details used are wrong (since when does a Major command a brigade?) it just makes the 'feel' of the whole novel uneven.

The graphic sex / rape scenes make unpleasant reading - the whole style of the novel is nothing like other books the author has written. I do seriously wonder if this was written in full by the author or just outlined and then completed by some cave dwelling, racist, sex obsessed ghost writer.

This is just not very good. If this is the first Wilbur Smith novel you read, don't let it put you off, some of the earlier books (Wild Justice, Eagle in the Sky, Cry Wolf) are much much better and worth looking up.
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Having read every Wilbur Smith Book several times and since christmas I have re-read all the Ballantyne and Courtney novels in chronological order I looked forward to his next offering. I bought it several weeks ago and kept it on my kindle to read on my summer holiday but eagerness took over and I had to read it. I read it over four or five days.

I have to say the WS is my favourite author in this genre. I read most of the reviews on Amazon of this book and became a bit concerned about the reviews of it. Yes, Quest was a bit of a stinker when compared to his other novels and unfortunately his Ballantyne and Courtney novels are to sweeping (and too expensive) to be filmed properly.

ToP started well but doubts began to creep in when you read through some of the dialogue. Surprisingly the dialogue grew more syrupy as the story 'progressed'. Yes, there were some issues regarding character credibility, especially the hero and heroine. I would also cancel the contract for 'Cross Bow security' if they didn't realise that the daughter remained a target, if not for terrorists then at least kidnappers then they're not worth hiring. The sexual narrative was a bit embarrassing. There is room for this but some of it was unnecessary. Dennis Wheatley suffered from the same thing in his last few 'Roger Brook' stories. The action was up to Mr.Smith's usual high standard and the end was extremely satisfying.

I hope that the author continues to have total input into his books and not allowing his name to be put to books that frankly could damage his reputation and brand. Needless to say I and his legions of fans will await his next offering and buy it purely for the fact that the cover has his name on it.
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