Unbeknownst to me, this is one of a series of books detailing the lives and times of the Courtney family in the early 1800's in South Africa. I love epic tales and this installment did not leave me disappointed. I can't wait to get into the rest of Wilbur Smith's works and hope this book, in particular, is made into a movie. I've already cast the main characters in my mind.
A GREAT BOOK. TYPICAL SMITH. LEAVES YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.
One of my favorite authors. A great adventure. Never a dull moment.
And to think, the descendents of the Courtneys are probably reality TV stars today....
Wilbur Smith is a talented author and I love his novels. This is one of many stories about the Courtney family who lived in South Africa in the early 1800s. This one begins with a slave ship anchored in the harbor where it fled from a storm. Jim Courtney brings produce to the ship to sell where he sees a beautiful young woman whom he cannot forget. When he rescues her, he finds himself on the run and his family persecuted by the authorities. The rest of the book focuses on their adventures as they flee the authorities.
Some readers felt the book was rambling but I enjoyed the many adventures and experiences that they have including those of his parents. Life changes dramatically for them all and perhaps what happens to the family can only happen in fiction but I enjoyed every page. This novel spurs the reader to search for the next one, When the Lion Feeds. The series begins with Birds of Prey, progresses to Monsoon, than to Blue Horizon. There are thirteen novels in the series spanning a period from 1660 to 1987 so one can follow the family for a long time!
With adventure in their blood, Jim and Mansur Courtney seek to carve out a life for themselves and their families in the unexplored splendor of Africa. But laying claim to a land devastated by war yields unexpected risks. No sooner does their journey unfold than their destiny changes with the daring rescue of a woman imprisoned on a doomed convict ship. Blazing a thousand-mile trail, they escape across a savage world of warring native tribes, bounty hunters, and predators driven by greed and lust.
One of my favorite authors. Great book.