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Birds of Prey Audiobook

Birds of Prey

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It is 1667, and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off southern Africa, lying in wait for a treasure-laden galleon of the Dutch East India Company that is returning from the Orient. They have a letter from Charles II sanctioning them to hunt down and capture enemy ships "beyond the line".

So begins a dramatic quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps the Courteneys from the settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa and on to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north. It was a time when international maritime law permitted acts of piracy, rape, and murder otherwise punishable by death.

© Wilbur Smith; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Adam Asprey
    7/1/16
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    "good but"

    good story as always with Smith, the Courteney saga in another era, but abridged versions always seem to be lacking.

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  • M. Stuart
    UK
    12/15/15
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    "Trip back in time to see earlier generations."

    Trip back in time to see the earlier Courtneys and what they were up to.

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  • Chris
    Leicester
    10/31/15
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    "Abridged? Butchered - did the Buzzard edit it?"

    This is one of my favourite books. It's okay, if like me you only got this short version to recap before reading the Golden Lion. But if you haven't read the whole story before don't bother with this. If you're old enough to remember watching TinTin - it's like that!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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