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Those in Peril

Those in Peril

Wilbur Smith

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In Those in Peril, a nail-biting tale of adventure, bestselling author Wilbur Smith brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of twenty-first-century piracy.

While cruising on the family yacht in the Indian Ocean, nineteen-year-old Cayla Bannock is attacked and taken hostage by Somalian pirates. Her kidnappers demand a staggering ransom: twenty billion dollars. And Cayla's not just anyone--she's the daughter of Hazel Bannock, heiress to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the world's foremost oil producers.

The sensitive global political climate means not even the most powerful groups in the world can intervene. Left to handle the problem on her own, Hazel calls on Hector Cross, head of the security agency that protects Bannock Oil. As threats increase and evidence arises of horrific torture, the need to take action becomes more urgent than ever--and soon Hazel and Hector will have no choice but to take the law into their own hands...


Praise for Those in Peril

Those in Peril is the thriller of the year.” —Daily Express (UK)

“Gun-blazing action.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Another outstanding adventure from this popular author.” —The French Paper (UK)

“As with most of Smith's books, this one is a cracker of a read.” —The Citizen (New Zealand)

“One thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by fans.” —Publishers Weekly on Assegai

“There is a reason Smith is a hugely popular writer of historical novels: his remarkable talent for re-creating historical periods and crafting characters we care about is virtually unmatched in the genre. Smith [has] been entertaining readers for nearly five decades, and if this novel is any indication, he is showing no signs of slowing down.” —Booklist on Assegai

“Everything [Smith's] fans have come to expect: masterful storytelling and breathtaking adventure…chalk up another winner.” —Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) on The Triumph of the Sun

“Espionage, disguise, stabbings in the dark…a story that is--like the Nile itself--swift and powerful.” —Booklist on The Triumph of the Sun

“Wildly entertaining, compulsively readable.” —Sunday Telegraph (UK) on The Triumph of the Sun

“Everything Smith's fans have come to expect from his epic adventure novels. His consummate skill at crafting vast battle scenes, passionate and wildly romantic characters, cruel and bloodthirsty villains, and larger-than-life heroes make Blue Horizon irresistible.” —Journal (Flint, MI)

“When it comes to historical fiction, Smith is without rival. He is a warlock of writers.” —Tulsa World

“Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read--until the next one. It's the same with Warlock. Brilliant…irresistible and impossible to put down.” —Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)

“You can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to a cracking pace...[Warlock] is a ripping yarn and a classic adventure story.” —Irish News

“A page-turner...few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...his detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating.” —Anniston Star (TX)

“[River God] gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish...Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Unforgettable...swashbuckling and sensuous, Birds of Prey transcends the average action-adventure yarn.” —The Orlando Sentinel

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About the author

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written more than thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold more than 100 million copies.

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