Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set. Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Wilbur Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the.

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View all 3 comments. Read my full review. It’s the details of the hunt and wildlife that is truly entrancing about the book. I liked the first two-thirds of the book, just not the last part wherein the Hero Falls In Love. Courtney is a cardboard cutout character — sexy, tall, hunky, blonde, brave, rebellious and strong-willed. Other books in the series.

Wilbug you like action and adventure, give Wilbur Smith a try. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Eva and Otto later use the safari to meet with Koos de la Reyin which Otto agrees to support a Boer coup in South Africa, an act that would destabilize British power in the continent.

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I couldn’t quite lose myself in this book, but I know it was only due to the descript Leon Courtney is the protagonist in this Assetai, number thirteen in the Courtney family series. Jul 25, Voldemort rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Must redeem within 90 days.

More than a few times our Courtney boy gets so damn lucky one has to wonder why Smith even bothered to include the scene at all.


The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy

Meerbach is a businessman, whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s ever-expanding military. Assegai smitth its sweet time to get going, building Leon’s background, as a military man and hunting guide, so that we could understand his final phase or “form” in the last act was important to the story but it was a bit too long for me. In short, the story, plot, characters and Africa itself is reader’s delight.

See more by Wilbur Smith. This was an okay read in some ways when it came to the panoramic tour of 20th century Africa that it offered. The only major drawback is that there is a lot of animal killing, which I am not a fan of reading at all.

Three stars feels right to me.

He brought Africa to life for me. On one hand, I was disgusted by the cruelty and stupidity of Western colonists hunting animals for pure fun maybe that’s my sensitivity.

Wilbur Smith has once again presented a masterpiece of drama with magnificent descriptions of the splendour of African scenery juxtapos This exciting adventure set in Africa is thrilling to the last word. Clearly Wilbur Smith is fascinated by their culture as he portrays them with great accuracy.

I also loved to hear about the techniques used by local people like the Maasai to hunt lions and elephants for centuries, simply using their spears, with respect for the animals. The narrator did a great job, coming up with at least 10 different voices and accents to help the story come to life.

See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. He had principles and scruples to breach them. I pushed through all of this though, as I knew there was a wonderful story within.


Assegai Courtney 13 by Wilbur Smith. Jun 11, Karen rated it it was ok.

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On Leopard Rock Zaffre June Length: The book has been returned so I cannot provide you with a good laugh. To see what wikbur friends thought of this book, please sign up. Back to Africa with the Courteneys, and safari treks and exciting action, Smith is back to his “old form” after his blip on the good writing radar screen with Quest! Sep 16, Elizabeth rated it did not like it.

With the intricacies of the Courtney backstory, Smith has a great deal on which to build and does so effective, which still injecting a newness to the story and unique angles to build on the rich foundation.

The period is caught nicely in the beginning, but as I say, from the middle to end it seems kitsch and Hollywood. Something to look out for in the second hand book shops.

And instead of becoming an advocate for animal rights,the hero’s focus shifts drastically when he agrees to a bit of espionage. Leon finds himself falling for von Meerbach’s beautiful mistress but never forgets that his real mission is to destroy the enemy.