Assegai : Courtney

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Courtney
  • 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 1913, 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 sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the 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. On the eve of the World War, Leon stumbles on a plot by Count von Meerbach that could wipe out the British forces in Africa. 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 best-selling author.


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Entertaining but I'm not much for sport hunting

Don't read this book if you don't like killing animals for sport. Narrator is great and a good story otherwise. I grew up hunting but only for food. This book deals with early 20th century big game hunting for about 90 percent of the time. Then a little love and WWI brewing.
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- Jim

well written spell binder

This book is fantastic. The writing is first rate, the plot moves without pause, plenty of moments where you will just sit in your car listening - as another review coined the term - driveway moments. A good piece of fiction will be able to take to you to a place and time, make you see what is happening, become familiar with the people, care for the sympathetic curse the villians. This book does all of that in great style. I listen to a lot of books, this is in my top five.
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- Dennis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio