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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Vicious cartoon violence

I’m ashamed to admit I rather enjoyed this. It’s typical Wilbur Smith: a ripping adventure yarn peppered with vicious racial stereotypes and a few superclean non-white characters thrown in to sweeten the non-political correctness. There’s even an Irish character called Paddy who says “Begorrah”.
Don’t listen if you’re vaguely sympathetic to sharia law because in one judicial scene (not necessary to the plot) Smith paints an Islamic society in the blackest shades possible, followed by a vaguely apologetic “the religion’s not all bad” bit of dialogue from its central character.
Also don’t listen to this if you’re appreciative of good dialogue. The interactions between the characters are fine when the plot’s steaming along, but are embarrassing during the more reflective moments, particularly where any of the speakers are female.
It’s astounding to think that Smith has ever met a woman other than his mum. The female characters are either ball-busting Alphas, brats or submissives. Come to think of it, these are tried-and-tested templates he’s stuck to before, particularly in the Courtney series.
There is one aspect of this reading which is bordering on the hysterical, and that’s the narration. Considering the macho nature of Wilbur Smith’s work, it’s somewhat disconcerting to have a gruff-voiced guy read the naughty bits, in all their squishy details. Imagine listening to your grandad reading a Jackie Collins novel out loud at bedtime – it’s that icky.
Best bits: evil pirates contemplating the tortures they’re going to inflict; inventive manifestations of nemesis from the goodies and the baddies; home-made daggers; sharks.
Worst bits: Mysterious things hiding in glass jars; rubbery arms; being a gay incidental character in a small town in Somalia; talkie bits.
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- Victor

Good narration - awful story

I used to enjoy Wilbur Smith - some years ago. This is really awful. Shallow stereo-typed characters, cringe worthy sex, unnecessary violence - cr*p story. The narrator does a good job with what he's got - but you can'y make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - and this really is a sow's ear.
Avoid!
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- Andrew

Book Details

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