Not a bad book I started out hating all the main characters but they grew on me by the end.
The Kindle version is full of typos, like they just scanned the actual book and didn t even proof read it Still readable, but annoying.
I would have given 4 out of 5 with no typos.
Me gusta cuando un autor experimentado se informa de los peque os detalles casi triviales del mundo que est narrando, y se nota que Wilbur Smith autor nuevo para mi, aunque bestseller desde antes de que yo naciera es un tipo instru do.
El libro hay que leerlo con una mentalidad de hombre blanco primermundista de 1987, de otra forma, es casi ofensivo racismo, crueldad innecesaria, misoginia, sutilezas pol ticas, etc Sin embargo, y apelo a mi lado machote tristemente es un libro que no te suelta en ning n momento est cargado de escenas de acci n y mantiene el suspenso todo el rato.
No deja tampoco de ser un buen y fiel reflejo de un periodo hist rico aunque con los matices propios de la ideolog a del autor un tanto inentendible para el lector promedio latinoamericano, que jura que en toda africa hay leones y elefantes y que ir de safari es la cosa m s com n del mundo.
I made it to page 150 but that s enough for me The story certainly was interesting but I felt as if the author was going into such unnessary details for prolonged periods of time It just felt as if he was being paid by the page Did not rate it for I feel I did not read enough to draw a true opinion.
In what has been labelled the seventh Courtney novel, but which sits accurately as eighth in the chronological progress of the series, Smith depicts a tale that offers the reader an in depth glance into the life of Sean Courtney, son of Shasa and Tara Set around 1987, Sean is a veteran of the Rhodesian Bush Wars and has become a full time hunter with his safari company in Zimbabwe Coaxed by his clients to follow a legendary elephant across the border into Mozambique, Sean leads them on a treacherous hunt that sees one client die and the other, Claudia Monterro, kidnapped by anti government forces With no other means to free Claudia, Sean must work with the guerrillas to save the woman with whom he has fallen in love General China, head of the Renamo rebels has high hopes of pushing out the Marxist leaders in Mozambique and taking over, before turning his eye on crushing Zimbabwe s Robert Mugabe, with the help of the white South African Government However, in order to achieve this, Sean and the group of rebels must pose as Zimbabwean troops and steal a shipment of Stinger Missiles, sent by the Soviets, which can be used to quell the attacks of Hind Helicopters being used by Mozambique s Frelimo forces With the weapons in the General s possession, Sean and Claudia sit in the middle of this bloody battle to topple African leaders, with high hopes that they will be able to make their way into South Africa and be protected by all those known to Sean and his family Smith paints a heroic side to Sean and his battle hardened nature as he pushes himself to the limits to save those close to him An interesting way to end the second sequence of Courtney novels, which differs vastly from the other books that glimpse at life for the entire Courtney clan.
As mentioned above, this novel moves away from the family progression in the other books of the second sequence Smith likely sought to shed some light on the grown up Sean, whose troublesome nature was splashed across the previous narratives That no other family members make an appearance save for an extremely minimal Lothar De La Rey leaves the reader isolated in the jungles of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, without that all around progression However, Smith continues to educated as well as entertain in the series In this novel, he offers an in depth exploration of elephant hunting and, for lack of a better word, a life cycle of the African elephant This ties in nicely with the hunting that takes place in the first half of the novel, before things shift significantly to the political and battle centred second half Smith also offers a social commentary on African states, which expands from the previous novel s discussion of the Marxist take over of the region While many of the countries were colonial holdings until the end of the Second World War, the geographic lines were arbitrarily drawn to fix European ideals, rather than tribal layout By pulling out, these states had little ability to work on their own and one of two things happened, former colonial whites came in to rule with an iron fist Smith in Rhodesia, numerous leaders in South Africa , or Soviet backed puppet regimes came in during the height of the Cold War, in the sixties and seventies, which instilled a form of government that was equally problematic, in that it pitted states against one another while trying to push egalitarian policies The corruption of the continent led to much blood shed and neighbouring states waged war, not only on ideological platforms, but to remove stability of already shaky governments with foreign supported militaries Smith offers up that these constant pendulum swings and corrupt leaders did little to help stabilise the region, but cast it into ongoing wars, which, truth be told, only propagated the desires of the colonial whites, as blacks killed blacks and weakened states The two diametrically opposed stalwarts, South Africa and Zimbabwe, stood as firm as could be and watched transitions, while backing opposing rebel sides in this battle for control of the southern region of the continent Fans of Smith and this series will be able to fully comprehend the struggles in ways that the layman may not I can say that I have learned much since commencing this series, particularly the second sequence Readers who have taken the time to delve into the Ballantyne series will also appreciate this novel a little , as they have the Zimbabwe backstory and the political upheavals in that country.
As the second sequence comes to an end, I can see a strong connection to the multi generational story that was pushed before I started As I mentioned in an earlier review, I can see similarities to Follett, Archer, and Rutherfurd as I read, tying characters together as the decades meld together It is this type of writing that is most effective and yet hardest to accomplish Storylines must stay fresh and yet work on the foundation of earlier characters and generations, which can easily be impeded by an author going off on tangents and forgetting about where the story originated Smith does not have this issue and has, quite effectively, made the second sequence successful Readers can forego reading the first sequence and be fairly well versed, though it is always nice to know about Sean and Garrick as Centaine begins her journey and has a passionate connection to Michael, as well as some of the political goings on that occurred in colonial South Africa However, that remains at the discretion of the reader And what will the third sequence bring to the narrative Apparently some back stories related to the historical Courtneys, though not entirely sequential or constant, from what I have heard I suppose we will have to wait and see.
Kudos, Mr Smith for an interesting end to the second sequence I can only hope you have political intrigue in store for readers, as well as additionally addictive characters Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Sean Courteney, Pronipote Del Protagonista Del Destino Del Leone , Dopo Aver Militato Nel Corpo Antiguerriglia Degli Scout Di Ballantyne, Si Messo A Fare Il Cacciatore Di Professione E Organizza Safari Per Ricchi In Una Riserva Nello Zimbabwe, Ai Confini Con Il Mozambico Accompagnato Dal Fedelissimo Matatu, Sua Guida Ndorobo, Sean Si Trova Nella Valle Dello Zambesi Con Riccardo Monterro, Multimilionario Americano Di Origine Italiana, E Sua Figlia, La Bellissima Claudia La Ragazza Sa Che Quello Sar Per Il Padre L Ultimo Safari, Essendo Riccardo Minato Da Un Male Incurabile, E Soltanto Per Questo Motivo Lo Ha Accompagnato Lei, Sempre In Prima Linea Nelle Battaglie Per La Salvaguardia Della Natura In Quella Caccia Inseguendo Tukutela, Il Gigantesco Elefante Che Nel Romanzo Assurge A Simbolo Di Un Africa Sul Punto Di Scomparire Per Sempre, Il Gruppetto Sconfina In Mozambico, Dove In Corso Una Sanguinosa Guerra Fratricida Presi Tra I Due Fuochi Degli Opposti Eserciti, Ben Presto I Cacciatori Si Trasformeranno In Prede, E Ci Varr Soprattutto Per Sean, Che La Sorte Oppone A Un Nemico Uscito Dalle Brume Del Suo Avventuroso E Burrascoso Passato Sar Una Lotta All Ultimo Sangue, Per Salvaguardare La Propria Vita Ma Anche Per Difendere Legami D Amicizia Radicati Nel Profondo Dell Anima, Una Lotta Dove All Odio Razziale, Alla Bestialit Della Guerra Si Opporr , Come Sempre, Il Potere Salvifico Dell A not one of my favourites by smith.
so much suspense, sex appeal and adventurethe story of a simple hunt is turned into so much A Time to Die is the 7th of Wilbur Smith s Courtney series book 4 of The Burning Shore sequence Although it is set in 1987 after the book 8, Golden Fox Wilbur Smith however never saw it as a part of the mainstream Courtney series.
I can see why he didn t class it as a Courtney book Although it features Sean Courtney son of Sasha De Thiry and Tara Malcomess Grandson of Centaine de Thiry, it is a stand alone story You don t need to know the Courtney history to enjoy it.
It s a straight forward adventure story split into two halves The first part is set around big game hunting in Africa Sean is employed by Riccardo Monterro to take him on a hunt for lion and elephant Riccardo brings along his daughter Claudia However they chase an elephant over the border into war torn Mozambique which forms the second part of this story.
Wilbur Smith paints a majestic picture of Africa, it s wild landscapes of open plains, swamplands, jungles and mountains and it s inhabitants He describes in detail the hunt for lion and elephant Something I found difficult to read He also describes the Mozambique civil war and the bloodshed and cruelty, and there are some cruel people in this book Particularly the villain of the book General China A villain worthy of the title The violence is very graphic at times It is a fast moving high adventure story with twists and turns and knife edge suspense It s action packed with battles, daring escapes, friendship, heroism and of course, love Its probably the most enjoyable Courtney book since The Burning Shore I would put Claudia Monterro up there with Centaine de ThiryA ripping yarn.