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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yes, hunting with big rifles was kind of cowardly even back then, but a big lion running at you is still a smity lion running at you, whether you’re armed with a rifle or not, and after you miss a couple of shots, my guess is your adrenaline kicks in have you seen the movie “The revenant”?

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Where are the complicated and heart wrenching story lines of his River God series, where’s the excitement of Africa that was in his early Courtney books i. More than a few times our Courtney boy gets so damn lucky smjth has to wonder why Smith even bothered to include the scene at all. He wanted to prove himself to his dad and the world.

The book clocked in at over pages, but all in all it was a quick read and didn’t take that long to finish. Meerbach is a businessman, whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s ever-expanding military. Oh Lord, how pathetic Half of this book was about hunting.

Let’s see what September’s release is all about. Assegqi is a consummate feast of a story that is rich in vivid description. He truly is a grand master of adventure writing and historical novels. I found Assegai a sumptuous read and recommend to those who like to read epic stories.

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The story starts out with Lieutenant Leon Courtney on patrol with Sergeant Manyoro, a Maasai warrior, when they find an British smth brutally tortured and murdered by another nearby tribe.


Leon and Eva – who reciprocates Leon’s feelings – flee to Lusima’s village in the mountains, where they consummate their love for one another. Want to Read saving…. There is also several references to bullets physically picking people up and throwing them backwards. I just get sasegai feel he was obligated to write a novelpossibly under contract, and coasted through this weak attempt. He brought Africa to life for me. I love your action, descriptions of Africa, and attention to detail when it comes to describing machines and whatnot.

Leon, Manyoro and Loikot use one of Otto’s planes – left over from the safari – to intercept the Assegai and jam aasegai engines with fishing nets, forcing it to crash. Asinine would be more accurate Even so, I read th Wilbur took a Rest!

I just don’t need to read about it smack in the middle of a great adventure. A selection of my book club to be discussed next week. In ‘The Triumph of the Sun’ he was a womanising but competent military officer and spy, in ‘Assegai’ he is a portly general in the king’s army in British East Africa and a manipulative spymaster who exercises control over his agents.

Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U. Sep 27, James Brough rated it it was ok.

Also, much of the forward energy is dispersed in puncturing and damaging a body that it smithh into. Zaffre June Length: How can you love someone you never talked to?! Smith on another successful novel. Mar 14, Caroline rated it it was ok.

The Masai customs and rituals added extra colour to this story as did their support of Leon Courtney, the main character and his love, Eva. His heros are strong and brave; his or her enemies are brutal. It also featured a cheezy and predictable love story.

I listened to the audio book and Simon Vance does an outstanding job with this story. For example, he learned to fly – and perfectly land – an airplane in about an hour.


The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy

I had quite a problem with the hunting. Admittedly this was my first Wilbur Smith novel but I was thoroughly impressed.

Leon gets a lobotomy. Leon Courtney – the perfect specimen over 6 foot, hunk, fantastic lover and amazing with his gun nopun intended honest. Oct 08, Thomas rated it liked it. But I finished it,and passed it on quickly,with a disclaimer.

I listened to the audiobook. Wilbur Smith has enthralled me in the past.

Assegai (Courtney, #12) by Wilbur Smith

In fact, every story he tells he brings to life. Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army. The other characters in the story are also well crafted to keep things interesting.

Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth–but also danger. I know the glorification is historically correct but I wish there had been a moment when the book agrees on what a cruel and awful thing it is in reality, instead of, well, completely forgetting about it at some point.

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Approached by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Leon agrees to help keep his eyes and ears open as it relates to news regarding German East Africa, after rumblings in the European theatre indicate that military build-ups have commenced. Although I found the approach to hunting animals by the foreigners visiting to join safari trips reckless and cruel, this was offset by those running the safaris shaming the foreigners about their behaviour.

Smith has created another wonderful piece of fiction, which works well as a continuation of the Courtney saga or as a standalone novel.