'The action is swift, taut and convincing, the portrayal of men and situations colourful and alive' (Scotsman). This earlier judgement of Wilbur Smith's writing is magnificently borne out in Hungry as the Sea.
The 'Golden Prince' is deposed: once the flamboyant chairman of a huge shipping consortium, now the captain of a salvage tug – such is the revolution in the life of Nick Berg.
Then a cruise ship, stranded with six hundred people in the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, could be his chance to fight back. His heroic salvage of the liner in some of the most terrifying weather on this planet sweeps him back to even greater power and an even more deadly conflict with the man who has supplanted him as chairman.
Blazing action is the keynote of this splendid novel of the sea: in the ice-world of Antarctica; in the thundering surf of a South African beach; in the unbearable tension of a hushed courtroom in the City of London; in the subtle conflict between two women, the irrepressible Samantha and Nick's lovely former wife, and finally in the striding devastation of a Caribbean hurricane.