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Those in Peril - Wilbur Smith

Posted by Gina Schwartz on November 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Those in Peril


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 nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling twenty-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.


My Take

I bought this novel because I love Wilbur Smith and the opportunity to read his novel on my kindle without straining my arms was great.  There were many reviews out there even before I started to read - some were very positive but others went as far as to say that they did not think that Wilbur Smith actually wrote the novel.  I could not come to a judgement as to whether I also thought so or not.  What I can say though is that I found the tone of the novel quite strange and different from all the other novels that I had read.

This novel is not for the faint hearted.  There is alot of violence - some ot it sexual and coarse language. Definitely more so that in Smith's other novels and some pretty horrific events take place in the telling of the story.  Some so unexpected you might put the novel down altogether.  Apart from the violence the story is in essence a gripping one about something that few of us have ever come accross.  Many of us are inclined to think that pirates only exist in history books but in teh 21st centry there are pirates who carry out horrible deeds.  This story should be a wake up call to us all.

The novel is a dramatic change from teh lush AFrican wildnesses that Smith would ususally write about - turing instead to the high seas and a more modern society but I sort of missed the old African stories of the past or even the Egypt stories.  LEts have more of those.

Rating 3.5 Stars





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