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Publisher's Summary

At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

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, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

At heart a story of love and hatred, vengeance and greed, Blue Horizon is an utterly compelling adventure from one of the world's most celebrated novelists.

©2003 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." ( The Times)
"A master storyteller." ( Sunday Times)

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Gripping

So many lives woven expertly into one story. I enjoyed the way the pace changed throughout the book. The narrator performed, the different character voices, to perfection. A very long fantastic listen, you definitely get your credit’s worth.

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Gripping story

A wonderful expansive tale, with many twists and adventures of the Courtney clan of the 1730's. A must listen.

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The Courtney's take Africa

This is the third book following Bird's of Prey and Monsoon. It tells the story of three generations of Courtney's, and their struggles with each other, the Dutch, Muslims and the wilds of Africa. Tim Piggott-Smith delivers a brilliant performance. This Courtney series is Wilbur Smith at his best.

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  • Peter
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 12-22-13

A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy.

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A great adventure. Characters are easy to follow but a bit shallow. Most of the side plots are predictable. If it were not for the girlfriends and wives needing rescue, the Courtney boys would have little to do besides their manly pursuits of hunting, sailing and riding stallions.

I remember reading the book when I was a younger man and enjoyed it more so than listening to it now.

The adventure is what holds this book together. It may have been better if the women were not always so helpless. All the male white characters were virtually identical as were the male black characters. There seemed to be no depth of individuality that separates the characters.

I was glad when it was over. Still, I enjoyed it enough to not ask for my money back.
Some say his books are sexist and racist. They must consider the book is set in early 1700's. This is what made me glad the book was over. I don' t think I'll listen to anymore W.Smith. (Take Master and Commander for example - much better)

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  • Gary
  • Carlisle, Australia
  • 06-13-13

Excellent story.

Good story, great characters and well narrated. I would recommend this book as its a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-18

One of Smith's finest stories

An excellent chase across the wilds of southern Africa never to be forgotten. Damn fine story!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-17

Xclnt

loved it, have read the book myself but a great way to hear it at work

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  • Benjamin
  • 09-04-16

Great book

loved the narrator's singing of Spanish Ladies and this is easily my fav book of the Courtney series.

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  • Carel
  • 07-19-16

very good book

it was hard to stop listening to it. l would recommend it to anyone who loves a adventure story