The New York Times best-selling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time once again creates a lost era and a truly exciting tale of danger, courage, and suspense.
At the close of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled on the high seas. In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber’s Road." It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, which takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.
©2004 Wilbur Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
The story totally lacked credibility. It was completely predictable re the plot, but then it would wander off and waffle on about irrelevant topics, as if the author was trying to fill the book with as many pages as possible regardless of the content.
It makes me wonder whether Wilbur Smith has lost it as an author, or whether in fact his wife wrote this. I am a great fan of his earlier books such as "When the Lion Feeds" - but this book simply doesn't cut it and at around 29 hours of listening it was way too long.
The narration was very good despite the poor story line. Again though - at 29 hours duration the narrator must have also lost interest.
The characters overall were fine - they were just larger than life and lacked human weaknesses. The Courtney men are all big and strong, heroes with great fighting skills. The women are all beautiful, and its nearly always love at first sight. Other than Louisa, the women have one child and retire.
There are so many parts of the story when the characters do really stupid things to make the story longer. Like James & Louisa being chased across Africa by a sadistic & cruel Cape army officer - and deciding stop to go elephant hunting. Or Sarah being told to pack light to minimise baggage as the family flees the Cape - and she packs her harpsichord - that's right a harpsichord.
There is a story here and I love the Courtney saga and I love the early Wilbur Smith novels and series. But fifteen minutes or more of an old man having sex with a little girl just shows where Smith has regressed to and where his mind is at. I hope he has no grand children, if so he shouldn't be alone with them. Will the real Wilbur Smith plaese stand up. Unless you like perverts save your credit. When the lion feeds (unabridged) is now availible. I think I will return this one for that one.
The best compliment that you can give to author is to say you cannot put their book down. For me, Wilbur Smith gets this complement. This story is beautifully complex. From the deck of a tall ship, to the African savanna you'll be there. You will feel the true heights of passion and the crushing sadness loss. The hero's are true and the villains... Well let's just say, you know why you hate them. For me, I could not wait to see what would happens next!
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