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Publisher's Summary

Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.

East African coast, 1670.

In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....

The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.

But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....

A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.

©2015 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." ( Daily Mirror)

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  • Evan
  • Randburg, South Africa
  • 10-22-15

Disappointing

What would have made Golden Lion better?

A less predictable plot and richer character development.

What could Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Barrett’s performances?

I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?

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  • Adsy
  • 07-06-16

wow!

This is one of Wilbur Smith's best. A fabulous tale of seafaring courage, with the usual assortment of rouges, fighting, incarceration, and escape. brilliant writing, excellent narration, and a thoroughly engaging listen. I have listened to many of smith's books, and find the abridged versions significantly lacking, and so with this unabridged version you get the full force of his work. Highly recommended.

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  • fireysue
  • 04-03-17

gruesome storyline

Good story and you could imagine you were there but violent and disturbing themes of slavery and hell bent revenge

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-18

Vintage Wilbur Smith

Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Lion to be better than the print version?

N/a

What did you like best about this story?

It was fast moving. The plot was good and he kept up the intrigue until the end. It ended with more to come.

What aspect of Sean Barrett’s performance might you have changed?

Sometimes his voice gets monotonous

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So what constitutes a pirate?

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  • David Doull
  • 01-24-18

not so good

Not a big fan of Mr Smith these days over the last few years his stories have unfortunately become very repetitive.

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  • alfred
  • 03-19-17

hello

we'll another great book by a brilliant another and a brilliant store with a family link to other book s in this brilliant series

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  • J. Nelson
  • 01-17-17

it was hard to get in to

it was hard to get in to. but when you did its a good story full of action. the narrator is five stars.

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  • mrs z s shaland
  • 07-18-16

Good story and characters filled out as usual.

Wilbur was going on holiday and tied up the end suddenly. Exciting and engaging but the end needs more details.

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  • dave
  • 06-24-16

so so

enjoyable but not my sort of book. well read though. not too bad a book

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  • alexander
  • 05-07-16

Smith back to his best

a great read, would love to know when this was written, the sequence of his stories would really benefit the readers understanding of WS writing and story telling would bring him to life for this fan in particular

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  • Pauline
  • 05-05-16

Golden Lion

Disappointment for a Wilbur Smith book. I found the story very average. The narration however was brilliantly performed.

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  • Hugh
  • 03-29-16

Is this the end for Wilbur

I have been a Wilbur Smith fan since the 1970s. I have read everything he has written. I was disappointed in this book. I don't know who Giles Kristian is but he certainly didn't help with this one.
Wilbur. I have loved your work over the last 50 years or so but this was not anywhere near your best.
The story was very predictable and not very plausible.