It is 1913, and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth - but also danger.
Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. While spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach's beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg.
On the eve of the World War, Leon stumbles on a plot by Count von Meerbach that could wipe out the British forces in Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach's plan, and in grave peril as he learns more about the enigmatic Eva.
Set amidst the tensions that will spark a war across continents, Assegai delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that has made Wilbur Smith an internationally best-selling author.
©2009 Wilbur Smith; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
Don't read this book if you don't like killing animals for sport. Narrator is great and a good story otherwise. I grew up hunting but only for food. This book deals with early 20th century big game hunting for about 90 percent of the time. Then a little love and WWI brewing.
This book is fantastic. The writing is first rate, the plot moves without pause, plenty of moments where you will just sit in your car listening - as another review coined the term - driveway moments. A good piece of fiction will be able to take to you to a place and time, make you see what is happening, become familiar with the people, care for the sympathetic curse the villians. This book does all of that in great style. I listen to a lot of books, this is in my top five.
Narration as the only thing about this book which was good. All Wilbur Smith has done is take parts of previous african novels mix them together and move the setting North. The worst Wilbur Smith book I have listened to or read.
Simon Vance has done a fantastic job giving voice to the characters of a typically compelling Wilbur Smith novel. I will be looking into other books read by Mr. Vance.
I loved the descriptive involvement of the book. The characters are people one comes to care about. The reality of life in Africa in the just before WWI is really interesting. The book was a page turner for me. I highly recommend it for an enjoyable read.
Wilbur Smith is very descriptive and colorfull in his descriptions of people and the countryside. I like the personality traits of the different characters
I am a Wilbur Smith super fan since junior high school. Loved the Courtney and the Ballantine series. A Time To Die is my favorite followed by the Burning Shore. Having said that and established my credentials this book is great vintage Smith until Eva and Young Courtney run off to the jungle and the sexual escapades begin. Also the narrator's irish voice characterization of Eva is hard to take. This book is good and worth the price in every way but by far not in the class of Mr. Smith's earlier literary efforts. The reviews on his latest attempts have Wilbur Smith circling the drain. I cant understand why Smith feels he has to throw in the rediculous sex scenes. It is getting worse every new novel. I have Blue Horizon in my library and that may be the last Smith I buy if all the reviews hold true.
William Flagg Magee, Author of "The Elephant Hunter"
What I appreciated the most was they the story way laid out. There was a sequence, and a cadence that ran true throughout.
Mamma. I have a soft spot in my heart for those who are gifted with Mystic abilities.
I became attached to Percy. He found what he had always sough in Leon's strenghts and weaknesses,t and he gave Leon what Leon had always sought.
Yes, Those In Peril. Excellent with his language skills. Voice has a timbre that holds one's attention.
The best is yet to come.
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