Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her 19-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her 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 Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil Corporation to provide all their protection. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
For nearly 50 years, internationally best-selling author Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with novels set during the Egyptian era all the way up through the present day. Now, Those in Peril brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of 21st-century piracy.
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Don't think so
Story was good, until the sex scene -
Extremely graphic sex scene near the beginning. Decided not to listen to the rest. Enjoyed the book up to that point. Disappointed and wish there was some kind of "heads up" for potential listeners.
Swashbuckling Smith gets raunchy in his old age
Rupert Degas was nothing short of amazing. Best performance of an audio book I've ever heard. His acting skills are unmatched, his dialects flawless and his gender distinctions totally believable. Really stunning.
I've read everything from this author and can recommend him without reserve. Don't however, start with Those in Peril. It may give the impression Smith novels are given to liberal portions of sex and violence, which they are not. A little, yes, but not to this degree.
Smith is a master of dialog and characterization. Everyone has their own voice and personality and are helped along in no small part by Degas' talent. But Smith tends to kill some of his best people off, which is kind of distressing, so I try not to get too attached to any one character if i can help it. I thought the shark fin soup was a bit over the top and was a little put-off by the African aristocracy. But, as always, Smith's vision of the world along with his ability to paint the picture in my imagination are wonderful.
The 'erotic' parts (when questioned in an interview about the pornographic elements of the novel, Smith preferred to use this word to describe the sexual encounters) of the novel were a little weird knowing that they came from the fertile mind of a man nearing 80. I wouldn't want my kids reading this until they were about 40. Intensely graphic and surprising.
It was fortunate that Degas was chosen to animate this story. IMO it is the weakest story Smith has ever turned out. When added to some of the questionable content (sex and violence that at times seemed gratuitous), had it not been so beautifully narrated, i would have been disappointed.
- John Whytock