I read my first Wilbur Smith novel, When the Lion Feeds, when I was in my teens forty years ago. Since this first novel I have been an avid fan of Wilbur Smith, waiting eagerly for his next novel. I have read each more than once, produced a family tree of the Courtney's & Ballantynes and loved the Egyptian novels. I say this only to show that this review has been written by a life time fan and it hurts me to only give it one star. Readers not familiar with Wilbur Smith's previous work will probably find Those in Peril quite a good yarn, though it was extremely obvious by the end of the the first third what was going to happen. It was like watching a TV show made to fit in a one hour time slot. As a matter of fact, I would of made better use of my time watching trash TV than reading this offering from Wilbur Smith.
For those wanting a novel to read whilst on holidays that doesn't require too much intelligence and which will help you pass the time, then consider this but there are better books available. For those fans of Wilbur Smith, don't waste your money. Wait for the next one and hope he has come to his senses and rediscovers himself as a wordsmith. Sorry Wilbur, five stars for everything else you have written and one for Those in Peril.