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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Customer Reviews

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I don't regret it

This is not the best book in my ever-growing library, but it was good enough to get a respectable 4 stars. It will not blow anyone away, but it is a decently constructed thriller, with a unique style which splits the book into almost two even halves, with the kidnap in the first half, and the payback in the second half. The action within the book was split nicely between organised efficiency and chaos, but never reached the level of suspence that the auther may have wanted, but I was content with the story.

The narration was at first satisfactory, but as with most narrators, I began to like it by the time I reached the middle of the book. It is true that the best narrator is always the one you just listened to, as you become used to the speach patterns such that the next narrator seems to be speaking a different language.

Far from my best purchase, but a pleasent listen. A book I do not regret buying, but I would hesitate to tell my friends about it if they have not yet enjoyed the pleasure of the millenium series, or the trills of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books, which I regard with much greater praise.

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- James Hey

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