Book Reviews of The Sunbird

The Sunbird
The Sunbird
Author: Wilbur Smith
ISBN-13: 9780330239486
ISBN-10: 0330239481
Publication Date: 5/1974
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Publisher: Pan
Book Type: Paperback
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Good adventure read.
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Another Smith adventure thriller. This one is centered in Egypt and with a brilliant archaeologist.
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Smith is always great.
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Originally bought the novel because one of my favorite bands, "Opeth", is named after the city in the book. It's a bit drawn-out and overly descriptive in the beginning, but finds its stride and becomes a page-turner in the second half. Not bad at all.
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What a great mix of past and present events! Mr. Smith has done a greajob writing this book.
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My very first Wilbur Smith novel. I must have read it 6 times over the years. A durable favorite. Slightly stilted dialogue, but a well-rounded, very "real" cast of characters -some you love, some you respect, some you fear, some you hate. Set against one of Wilbur Smith's "might have been" histories that draws you in and makes you a believer.
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Wilbur Smith outdoes himself in this tale of an archaeological team trying to find the lost city of Opet, supposedly built by Egyptians. I didn't know anything about the tale and loved it! Dawn
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The is an entertaining book which deals with the Curse of the White Ghost. Dr. Benjamin Kazan, an archeologist, discovers a lost city that he has been searching for all his professional life. The belief has others in his field ridiculing his efforts but despite this he finds the lost city of Opet. Strangely parallel to his own life, the king of the city and his patron and good friend are remarkably alike in appearance. In addition, the king had a friend like Benjamin himself. That friend loved a woman who was like the woman that Benjamin loved. In addition, a man named Xhai, a little black man has identical skills and name to one who lived in Opet. Coincidence? Or, are they the same people who once lived in the lost city of Opet? This exciting read ends with a great battle.
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I had read this book as a teen and wanted to read it again. To be clear, it IS classic old style Wilbur Smith. It also carries with it the classic old Wilbur Smith racism. I didn't remember his writing that way until reading The Sunbird. I had to put it down, I found it so offensive.
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One of Smith's best efforts. You won't have to chew on this one to read it. Al Trimm
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From the dramatic whirlpool of Africa, big game hunts, terrorism and intrigue, the protagonists of an urgent modern adventure are swept back in time, through the battle, romance and tragedy of their pasts in the savage epoch of Carthage.
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great classic Smith book in his finest style.
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This guy is one of my favorite authors, if not THE favorite. This book is one of his best. Exciting adventure that involves looking for a lost city. I would recommend reading ALL of Wilbur Smiths books, not just this one.
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A present day archaelogical discovery in Africa of a long-lost city triggers a present day clash between people and cultures. The tale of the people and history of the ruins is also told, interwoven in a story of modern passions as well as the previous life of the same characters from centuries in the past. Vivid writing and very well done with the author's usual expertise and intimate knowledge of Africa.
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Smith does his research - I always learn something from his books. tj

From the Publisher
Dr. Ben Kazin is a brilliant acrheologist. Louren Sturvesant is rich, impulsive, and physically imposing, everything Ben is not. Now, the to men--friends, competitors and partner--are searching for the legendary lost city of Opet, built by an Egyptian culture that reached Africa two thousand years ago, then vanished completely.

For Ben, the expedition is a chance to prove a controversial thesis. For Louren, it is a chance to spend milions--and make it all back in gold and glory. But what awaits them is an astounding discovery, a seige of terror, and an act of betrayal that will tear the two men apart and bind them together forever...

Hidden beneath water, jungle, and blood-red cliffs is a lost world where two men and a beautiful woman were caught in a furious battle of passions two thousands years ago, but which has begun once again....
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this book is the first of the wilbur smith books that i have ever read and 1 of the best his others continue to be as good if not better there is also a sequel to this one wilbur smith is probably one of the world's greatest ficton writers and i have read many of them more than once read this book and you will be hooked on wilbur smith.he has a new one coming out very soon. james b a.k.a grumpyjim