From one of the world’s most celebrated novelists comes an epic adventure set on the banks of the Nile in Khartoum, 1884.
In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or “Expected One.” The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the country.
Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman, Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum. It is here that he meets Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, as well as the British Consul, David Benbrook and his three beautiful daughters. Against the vivid and bloody backdrop of the siege of Khartoum, in which British General Charles George Gordon is killed and the British retreat, these three powerful men fight to survive. Rich with vibrant historical detail and infused with his inimitable powers of storytelling, The Triumph of the Sun is Wilbur Smith at his masterful best.
©2005 Wilbur Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I'm a market research executive in Newtown CT. I love to read & also fill my many hours in the car and gym listening to historical fiction.
Did not read the print version
The flair of the english language and the fanatisism of Islamic Extremists
Yes, but impossible because Smith is epic in his stories that last for at least a generation in time.
Read it or listen to it. Wilbur Smith is intoxicatingly brilliant and a genious.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
The story takes you from the heart of England to the sands of Egypt in one glorious adventure that one can NOT soon forget…. From General Gordon in Khartoum --- three daughters and three men escorted me through horrors of battles & torture to adventure & adoration…. What else could be the bases of a Splendid Story?
What can I say about this book, the narration is fantastic, the story is multi - layered and well developed in every way, the action is separated only by great story and character development, the writing is done with the amazing talent of being able to bring the reader into the world to be able to see it. Even after a week I can still imagine the city and surrounding scenery, the people and the action. This is a first rate listen on every level and I would not hesitate to recommend this book strongly.
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I have always been interested in the subject of the Madhi Uprising in 19th Century Sudan. The novel started out very well, but started to run on and on. After about 17 hours, I just had to pull the plug. I have only done that once before. Overall, the novel is 23 hours long, I can't imagine how you go from that length to a six hour abridged version. This I will avoid other novels by this author and by this narrator.
Great action adventure story
Interesting characters.great history,action paced, language used displayed a knowledge of the times and people.
When men and women of iron fought with steel.
Really enjoyed the bool
This book is for men only. Women would simply say tsk-tsk for the total waste of male humanity on both sides. Page after page after page of death and destruction. Tiresome.
Up near the very top
This is a difficult question. I'd have to say that there are so many fascinating characters, both Arab and British, that it would be hard to pick just one.
He is excellent! I have heard him before and he is amazingly skilled with male and female voices, many accents and ages. I would rate him right at the top along with Simon Vance's narration of "Assegai" by Wilbur Smith.
That would be impossible, as it is very long and there is so much to this historical saga. It took me 4 days of listening and still I want to go back ,at some point, and re-absorb more details I may have missed.
I find Wilbur Smith's historical books the very finest of adventure novels. The details of the African sagas are vast and his knowledge of the history of the continent is amazing. I love his characters, especially the Courtney's. The pre- 20th century novels bring alive a kaleidoscope of landscapes and characters, customs and contrasting values, friendships and enmities to illustrate the settling of Africa as if the reader were right there, sharing in the adventures. I recommend them highly.
I listen to quite a lot off audiobooks & found "Triumph of the Sun" a great listen. The characters (especially the girls)grow & develop throughout the story......although Nazera , Ballantine & Rider seem quite 'timeless'. The descriptions are quite explicit & brutal at times-but I think its crucial in the understanding of the Madi & all that his people stood for. A wonderful book & very enlightening in understanding the dynamics of what went on in Northern Africa during that time.
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