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Monday, 4 April 2011

Those in Peril By Wilbur Smith (Giveaway)

I have to say first off that I've never read any Wilbur Smith books before as I've always felt they would be far too masculine for my tastes. When the opportunity presented itself for me to read this new one, I did some research first to discover more about the book itself and to not be put off by my impression of the type of books this author writes. I really am happy that I did so as it made me think that this sounded an interesting read and I wasn't wrong!

We mostly follow the story through Hazel Bannock, an ex tennis player who wed and was widowed by an oil magnate. We see what happens when her teenage daughter is kidnapped and tortured by Somalian pirates and yes, it is quite graphic on some scenes involving both torture and rape but this IS the reality of what happens to the unfortunates who get caught up in this situation so I consoled myself with the fact that the victim I was so concerned over was fictitious.

We see snippets of the political hand wringing that must happen in these situations in the real world and we meet Hector Cross. Long time contractor of Hazel's late Husband, Hector provides security for Bannock Oil Corp in most countries but predominantly the Middle East. Even though he owns Cross Bow Security, Hector fights on the front line with his men to defend the companies property and in this case the family behind the company as well.

I really don’t want to give too much of the storyline away, it's masterfully woven together with some humorous moments amongst the horrors that we witness as we follow the characters. I laughed, I cried, I was nauseous and I cheered on each victory that came till I turned the last page!

This giveaway has now ended and a winner has been selected

And now for the bit you're really interested in, the giveaway! Well, I have a second copy of this book to offer to my blog readers. To enter please:

A) Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect and comment here when you have

B) Subscribe by email via the Feedburner link and comment here when you have

You can do either or both, if you do both, please make 2 comments, current followers/subscribers are free to enter, you just need to comment. 
This draw is open to the UK only and closes on the 18th April 2011 when a winner will be selected by using a random number/name generator and comparing the number/name it selects with the list of posted entries.
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  1. hellloooooo i have just found your blog :)
    and have just follwed it too :)

    @clareandtribe on twitter x

  2. :O I didn't realise I wasn't already following! Done now anyway, thanks for Giveaway Kim x

  3. I am already following by mail, can't get the hang of friend connect :) Thanks for the giveaway @ali991

  4. I've followed through GFC. I'm @melspur on twitter.

  5. I have also subscribed through Feedburner.
    Thank you very much for the giveaway.

  6. Hi Kim!

    I am already following through GFC!


  7. i already follow through google and twitter @mrstracey1972

  8. i have also signed up to the feed burner