Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set. Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Wilbur Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the.
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Assegai by Wilbur Smith
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Assegai Courtney 13 by Smigh Smith. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in “Assegai” he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set against the gathering clouds of war. It is and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris.
Leon had never Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of azsegai most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth–but also danger.
Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army.
While spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach’s beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg. He finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach’s plan, and in grave peril as he learns more about the enigmatic Eva. Set amidst the tensions that will spark a war across continents, “Assegai” delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that has made Wilbur Smith an internationally bestselling author.
Hardcoverpages. Leon CourteneyPenrod Ballantyne. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Assegaiplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how can i read this novel? See 2 questions about Assegai…. Lists with This Book. Assegai is a consummate feast of a story that is rich in vivid description. The author takes the reader into British East Africa of a years ago. The wildlife, the people, and landscapes all come to life as we follow Leon Courtney’s adventures leading up to World War I.
I listened to the audio book and Simon Vance does an outstanding job with this story.
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Assegai references the spear used by the Maasai tribesmen of Nairobi. It has 3 foot long razor sharp metal blade attached to a hardwood shaft Assegai is a consummate feast of a story that is rich in vivid description. It has 3 foot long razor sharp metal blade attached to a hardwood shaft to form a deadly spear. It is not only a weapon but a symbol of bravery. In order for a Maasai warrior to become a man, he must face and kill an African lion with his spear.
The story starts out with Lieutenant Leon Courtney on patrol with Sergeant Manyoro, a Maasai warrior, when they find an British couple brutally tortured and murdered by another nearby tribe.
They are attacked by the tribal warriors and Manyoro is shot in the thigh. Courtney carries Manyoro for 3 days to a mountain fortress where Manyoro’s mother lives. Manyoro’s mother is a rather “unique” person among the Maasai.
Leon learns to become a big game hunter. He also becomes a spy of sorts. There is a larger story of intrigue that involves a German industrialist who hires Leon to take him on safari.
The larger story is interesting.
It’s the details of the hunt and wildlife that is asseegai entrancing about the book. The author writes in great detail about various animals and then describes the vast landscapes of Africa itself. Emith relationship between Leon and Manyoro is both humorous at times and deeply moving at others.
The other characters in the story are also well crafted to keep things interesting. The story itself is well crafted as it lays down each layer to bring the main plot to the forefront. In short, the story, plot, characters and Africa itself is reader’s delight. Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators. He seems to be able to breath life into all the characters of smirh story as to immerse the listener into this expansive story.
I found Assegai a sumptuous read and recommend to those who like to read epic stories. I will be definitely looking into the other books of this series by this author. I had forgotten how much fun a Wilbur Smith book can be.
He truly is a grand master of adventure writing and historical novels. So what if his mind is stuck in the 19th centuty and assegaii is prone to wild hyperboles? His fiction has a very smihh, inimitable voice, made of strong, simple traits, a fast, always-exciting pace, a rich prose, and a good amount of poetry zssegai especially about African nature and habitat. The “Big Five game” animals – African lion, African elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo and African leopard – are all featured in this wonderful novel, based in British East Africa Kenyathat offers very convincing descriptions of that world, and a lot of extremely realistic hunting scenes.
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator did a great job, coming up with at least 10 different voices and accents to help the story come to life. The plot revolves around Leon Courtney, 19 y.
British army boy who ends up working as a hunting-safari guide for rich white folks. As the novel moves closer and closer to the beginning of WWI, the hunting gives space to a historic spy-novel plot that is just as interesting assetai well crafted as the portion that focuses on the hunting.
In the first part of the book, together with the hunting scenes the reader asseyai presented with many details of the Maasai people’s life: Clearly Wilbur Smith is fascinated by their culture as he portrays them with great accuracy.
This sparked my curiosity about these people, and I found out a little diamond on Youtube: As for the hunting On one hand, I was disgusted by the cruelty and stupidity of Azsegai colonists hunting animals for pure fun maybe that’s my sensitivity.
In lions and buffaloes were considered “vermin” by the local government. On the other hand, I can’t deny that more than once my heartbeat actually increased while listening to these scenes, as narrated in the audiobook.
Yes, hunting with big rifles was kind of cowardly even back then, but a big lion running at you is still a big lion running at you, whether you’re armed with a rifle or not, and after you miss a couple of shots, my guess is your adrenaline kicks in have you seen the movie “The revenant”?
The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy
The bear scene is like a gentle pat on your cheek compared to the man-to-animal scenes in Assegai. I also loved to hear about the techniques used by local people like the Maasai to hunt lions and elephants for centuries, simply using their spears, with respect for the animals.
Until of course white people with big rifles arrived. All in all, a genuine, stylish, well written historic novel with lots of adventure, incredibly well-researched details, and an exciting plot to hold on to until the end.
Jun 27, Mrsku rated it did not like it Shelves: Did he die and is someone, possibly his grandmother, writing on his behalf? Because this book was such a let down. Where are the complicated and heart wrenching story lines of his River God series, where’s the excitement of Africa that was in his early Courtney books i. As far as a recount of hunting wild animals in Africa go this book was ok but even then it wasn’t so great.
The characters were weak and unloveable, unhateable as well but then I couldn’t muster up any emotions at all. I found mysefl for the first time ever hoping that the ‘baddies’ would kill everyone just so I could finish the book. Sorry Wilbur, if your out there somewhere, I think you can do better. View all 3 comments. This exciting adventure set in Africa is thrilling to the last word.
There is danger lurking from humans and animals throughout which kept my attention rapt. Although I found the approach to hunting animals by the foreigners visiting to join safari trips reckless and cruel, this was offset by those running the safaris shaming the foreigners about their behaviour.
Wilbur Smith has once again presented a masterpiece of drama with magnificent descriptions of the splendour of African scenery juxtapos This exciting adventure set in Africa is thrilling to the last word. Wilbur Smith has once again presented a masterpiece of drama with magnificent descriptions of the splendour of African scenery juxtaposed with the German and Boer war plans against the British and the spies within. The Masai customs and rituals added extra colour to this story as did their support of Leon Courtney, the main character and his love, Eva.
View all 4 comments. Jul 04, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Smith ups the ante in this Courtney novel, lucky number thirteen, which has very fluid ties to its predecessor. After a court-martial finds Leon removed from the British military, he becomes a professional hunter, taking many important men on big game safaris through the tribal lands.
Approached by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Leon agrees to help keep his eyes and ears ope Smith ups the ante in this Courtney novel, lucky number thirteen, which has very fluid ties to its predecessor.
Approached by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Leon agrees to help keep his eyes and ears open as it relates to news regarding German East Africa, after rumblings in the European theatre indicate that military build-ups have commenced. After leading former US Wilbyr Teddy Roosevelt and his son on a large safari, Leon’s reputation grows and he is visited by two distinct visitors, Otto von Meerbach and his beautiful mistress, Eva von Wellberg.