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Publisher's Summary

The saga of the legendary Courtney family continues in this 14th installment in Wilbur Smith's best-selling series - the sequel to 2009's Assegai - a thrilling tale of espionage, adventure, and danger, set in Africa and spanning from the Great War's end to the dark days of World War II.

As a member of the remarkable Courtney family, Leon Courtney knows how quickly fortunes can be won and lost. Over the course of more than two centuries, generations of his family have risen and fallen with the tides of history. Leon, too, has experienced his own share of triumph and pain. In the wake of his beloved wife's death, the renowned big-game hunter is raising his young daughter, Saffron, alone in colonial Kenya.

In the 1920s the continent of Africa is a dangerous place. As Leon attempts to navigate the murky political waters of this most exquisitely beautiful and wildest of lands, his daughter grows into an independent and headstrong young woman bound for a far different life in Britain, as a student at Oxford.

But over the course of more than two decades, spies, traitors, and adventurers will dog their every step. As the fitful years of peace lead to the outbreak of the Second World War - involving Africa once more - Leon and Saffron must fight for their survival...and that of their illustrious family.

Wilbur Smith masterfully captures the tensions that will spark a war across continents - and the uncertainty and hopes of a father and daughter caught in its grips - in this engrossing novel that delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that have made him a living legend.

©2017 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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War Cry

One of the best of the Courtney Famly stories. Left me hanging at the end...now to find the next in the series.

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he has returned

I do not have much to say except thank you Wilbur Smith for returning to your roots & giving us the well written story I had come to expect years ago

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iconic episode of a long family saga

saffron Courtney is the memorable heroine of the continuing story of Courtneya in war and peace

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Ended too abruptly

I was expecting some kind of conclusion to this novel. The abrupt ending was a terrible let down. It was in very poor taste and uncharacteristic of Smith's style. I have come to understand that he has forfeited his current works to ghost writers and he simply puts his name on the cover. It was like the power went out in the theatre halfway through the movie. Very disappointing.

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Wilbur Smith does it again

A fine ,well written book.it continues the Courtney family and blends in with three other book seamlessly.Wilbur Smith is on of the all time great writers,storytellers and historians.

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Another classic! Smith has an incredible talent!

Wilbur Smith has a real talent totally capturing history and telling a story really makes me miss Africa

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Appalling narration...buy the book instead

What would have made War Cry better?

Over the years I have read all of Wilbur Smiths novels, and enjoyed many of those that have made it to audio book format. Not the case with War Cry. The reader was terrible. I was not even able to make it through the first chapter - turned off the iPod, immediately purchased the Kindle version instead - really enjoyed it.
A shame, this is a good read ruined by a poor narration.

What other book might you compare War Cry to and why?

Similar to some of Wilbur Smith's other African works. Draws together other branches of Courtney family, and makes for a good read.

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

Absolutely not. The bloke should be given a generous pension in exchange for the promise never to perform again.

What character would you cut from War Cry?

Enjoyed them all.

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Another wonderful book and story

Wilbur Smith stories of Africa role was very special. I've read all of them and they're all good.

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  • David
  • Kenmore, WA, United States
  • 04-24-17

Wilbur at his best

If you could sum up War Cry in three words, what would they be?

Another winner

What was one of the most memorable moments of War Cry?

Flashbacks of the Courtneys and Ballentines.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

Geerhart

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A tour de force

Any additional comments?

One of my all time favorite authors. Have read everything he has written some 2 and 3 times.

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An instant classic by Wilbur Smith

Wow, just finished this book and it kept me hooked. What a great story about the Courtney family. Just before and during the second world war this tale was a great sequel to Asegai, the former Courtney book but can be read as a stand alone story as well. This story of two young people destined to be together but ripped apart from each other by twists of fate. Wilbur Smith and David Churchill created another great story in the Courtney family saga and I do hope that this book will be followed up by yet another one since the tale has not finished yet.