Birds Of Prey (The Courtneys)

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Birds Of Prey (The Courtneys)

Birds Of Prey (The Courtneys)

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Some of the men on the deck paused at their labours on the pumps, or with palm and needle as they repaired wind-ripped canvas, and watched him. When I skimmed the blurbs, the evasive language used to praise Smith's prose said things like "superlatively evocative. Under topsails only, and with all else reefed, the two ships were now converging, both running westward towards the Cape of Good Hope and the Atlantic.

The characters were pretty shallow as far as characters go and our young hero not necessarily very charming -though we are induces to believe that he is, he kind of doesn't charm much out of you. Publishers Weekly Wilbur Smith carries all the powerful drama and rich emotions of a bygone time into his action packed tale of the sea. Sir Francis Courtney, his son Hal, and their crew are carried around the southern tip of the African colonies by the good ship Lady Edwinna, licensed to attack and seize the treasure-laden ships of the Dutch East India company.Seriously, every time Smith (literally) had her thighs getting all slippery when she thought about dudes getting hung or tortured I had to shake my head in bewildered wonderment. Nothing original in this story; it’s effectively the first Courtney book set in an earlier time with a dominant patriarch, a faithful black servant and a young pup learning the ropes along with a bunch of bad guys doing very nasty things and women whose principal role is to add some sex interest. An exotic setting--the east coast of 17th century Africa, a young, handsome, brave, bright hero under the tutelage of his strict but loving father with a loyal, strong, brave, wise indigenous side-kick, naval battles, sword fights, lions, crocodiles, hidden treasure, a secret society, an evil, implacable but honorable foe, a couple of slimy bad guys, a beautiful, high-born nymphomaniac to relieve our hero of his virginity—what could go wrong? Wilbur Smith has the touch, the ability to combine incredibly descriptive language with simple and compelling plots.

This legendary ruler of a vast and powerful Christian empire in the depths of the African continent had existed in the European mythology for hundreds of years. As always, the reader gets the tough as nails heroes, the lusty and attractive women, the bad guys who are always bad, and the all knowing African mentor.Hal is a perfectly serviceable main character and his dad is a brave, stern hardass who’s easy to admire. But a female general who gloriously leads a counterattack to achieve unprecedented fame for her people resigning her station to be with Hal? It’s fast paced and exciting and what it lacks in finesse it more than makes up for with sheer entertainment. This book was a twisting and turning journey on land and sea for Hal Courtney full of hope, despair and then ultimate joy. Wilbur Smith has done it again, a thrilling roller coaster of a novel, full of adventure and action, and packed with characters you will either love or loath as it journeys along the African coast in a time when the world was a different, simpler place.

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