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Publisher's Summary

Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.
East African coast, 1670.
In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....
The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.
But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....
A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.
©2015 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." ( Daily Mirror)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Evan on 10-22-15


What would have made Golden Lion better?

A less predictable plot and richer character development.

What could Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?

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

I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adsy on 07-06-16


This is one of Wilbur Smith's best. A fabulous tale of seafaring courage, with the usual assortment of rouges, fighting, incarceration, and escape. brilliant writing, excellent narration, and a thoroughly engaging listen. I have listened to many of smith's books, and find the abridged versions significantly lacking, and so with this unabridged version you get the full force of his work. Highly recommended.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By fireysue on 04-03-17

gruesome storyline

Good story and you could imagine you were there but violent and disturbing themes of slavery and hell bent revenge

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Hugh on 03-29-16

Is this the end for Wilbur

I have been a Wilbur Smith fan since the 1970s. I have read everything he has written. I was disappointed in this book. I don't know who Giles Kristian is but he certainly didn't help with this one.
Wilbur. I have loved your work over the last 50 years or so but this was not anywhere near your best.
The story was very predictable and not very plausible.

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