Those in Peril : Hector Cross

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • Series: Hector Cross
  • 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her 19-year-old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening.
When Hazel is given evidence of the horrific torture which Cayla is being subjected to, she calls on Hector Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the owner and operator of Cross Bow Security, the company which is contracted to Bannock Oil to provide all their security. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.


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Not what I expected

The first half of this book showed so much promise with excellent narration and great story. However, the second half was just violence for the sake of violence. Some people who like blood curdling violence will like this book. For me the only thing that kept me listening was the narrator he was outstanding giving each charater their own believable voice.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Disappointing, Did Wilbur Smith really write this?

It is sad to see one of the great story tellers of my generation descend to this sort of rubbish. This story is obviously based on the real incidents of pirate activity off Somalia in the Indian Ocean / Arabian Sea area and the plot has great potential. However Wilbur Smith's plot is unbelievable at so many points that it borders on the ridiculous. The narrative contains unnecessary gratuitous explicit violence and laboured, detailed sexual activity that becomes monotonous. The story line is like a simplistic portrayal of what a vengeful person would dream of happening to the 'darker than evil' Somali pirates. There are glimpses of the great story teller but the overall package leaves you in disbelief, that Wilbur Smith actually wrote this. I f you purchase this book I can guarantee you will be disappointed.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio