Those in Peril

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged 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 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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable & fast moving.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Enjoyable story, action, somewhat predictable plot but fast moving, worth a listen.


What did you like best about this story?

The daughter a very irritating character, woven into the story, interesting outcome. Makes you wonder why the UN doesn't eradicate maritime piracy!


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- Michael

Narrator outperforms the author

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.
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- Dr. Sarah Fraser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio