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Those in Peril
By Wilbur Smith
Thomas Dunne, 2011, ISBN 978-0-312-56725-5, $27.99
ISBN 978-1-4299-2116-9, E-book $14.99


Hector Cross, owner of Cross Bow Security Limited, is in charge of security for Bannock Oil. The moment he meets the CEO – a gorgeous woman with brains who inherited the company from her husband – sparks fly. Hazel Bannock makes no attempt to hide her dislike and disdain for the man in charge of safeguarding her company’s installations and personnel. But Hector is adept at his job and no one does it better.

Cayla Bannock, Hazel’s cherished but spoiled teenage daughter, is aboard the family yacht awaiting her mother’s return from a business trip to their Middle Eastern oil fields. She’s supposed to be studying, but spends most of her time dallying with one of the crew, Rogier. While Cayla believes he’s a university student like herself, his purpose for being with her is far different.

Rogier is actually Adam Tippoo Tip, grandson of Hadji Sheikh Mohammed Khan Tippoo Tip, who commands a group of pirates that attacks ships north of Madagascar. Adam secretly sends coordinates to his uncle disclosing where the pirates can attack the yacht. The plan is to kidnap and torture Cayla until her mother meets their demands.

Hazel seeks help from high government contacts, but when they are unable or unwilling to get involved, she must turn to the only man who has a chance of rescuing her daughter – Hector Cross. Unbeknownst to them both, this is just what the pirates want. Cayla is merely bait to get their hands on Hazel and put an end to their blood feud with Hector.

Those in Peril is a fast-paced, heart-stopping tale filled with lurid sex, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and characters that draw you into the danger and intrigue of their world. The beginning of the book is filled with thrilling action that rarely allows you to breathe. The middle portion, however, is so sedate it lures you into a false sense of security. Then the action picks up again like a roller coaster climbing to the top before plunging to the bottom.  This book is not every reader’s cup of tea – the torture that Cayla endures is explicit – but it’s definitely an adventure you won’t soon forget.
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