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 nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty 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.
©2011 Macmillan Publishers (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers
Enjoyable story, action, somewhat predictable plot but fast moving, worth a listen.
The daughter a very irritating character, woven into the story, interesting outcome. Makes you wonder why the UN doesn't eradicate maritime piracy!
I interrupted by literary reading/listening over the Easter break and slipped in Wilbur Smith's latest - Those in Peril. Rupert Degas again manages a variety of accents though some of the South African ones grated a bit to me (being an expert on this accent myself...). However, this 25 hour (yes, really) book was saved only by the narration. The plot is one of Smith's worst. He's gone for the popular and rather trashy news story approach. Gone are the African settings, the well researched locations and the characters that live with you. I've forgotten the story already, but will remember Degas's excellent performance.
This is the first Wilbur Smith book I have purchased as an audiobook. I think it is a stunning achievement, largely due to the expert narration by Rupert Degas. I find it difficult to accept that one person can characterise so many different people, both male and female.
The story itself is gripping, but not one for the faint-hearted as it has some very bloodthirsty descriptions as well as some tasteful sexual encounters. It is exciting from the outset to the very end - I couldn't stop listening. Thoroughly recommended.
"Did not enjoy it one bit!"
I like different type of books, it was recommended to me, so it's just a matter of taste!
Nothing, others liked it. I enjoyed all the other books that I have read by Wilbur Smith
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