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Publisher's Summary

Action, romance, and adventure shape a family's destiny as they contest a prize beyond any of their dreams.It is the dawn of the 18th century. At the farthest edges of the known world, the mighty Honourable East India Company suffers near-catastrophic losses from pirates on the high seas.
After four years away from service, master mariner Sir Henry Courtney prepares for his latest and most dangerous voyage: a death or glory mission in the name of Empire and the Crown.
But Hal must also think about the fate of his four sons, who are all very different. But each will have a crucial part to play in shaping the family's destiny. Separated by the winds of hazard, adventure will rule their future, just as passion will forge their lives.
©Wilbur Smith; (P)Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Once again the veteran author creates a masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, arid deserts, and steaming jungles....Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail attend the siblings' adventures as they battle pirates, slavers, assassins, their own government, and each other." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Mikey on 01-01-17

Abridged versions fall short

This is my favorite book which goes back to my childhood. The sense of adventure in new lands perfectly painted thrilled me to the core. Pirates on the high seas, a young man finding his way through fortune and misfortune. Unfortunately the stolen words unspoken by the narration leaves the tale empty and hollow.

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By Adam on 09-08-12

Absolute waste of money

There are few people in this world that enjoy Wilbur's books more than I but this is absolutely terrible.

"Abridged" should be replaced with "Chopped into three dozen pieces and you only get 1 of them to listen to"

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By Mrs E A Parry on 05-13-17

Ok

Really disappointed that so much was left out of this. The majority of Dorians life after abduction was missed! This adaptation is nothing like the original book!

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By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

A great story ruined

Monsoon was a great story written by my favourite author when I first read it a long time ago so I was looking forward hearing it read. The narration is well done however it was abridged by a butcher and the story is nowhere near as good as the original version.

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By Peter on 04-26-17

Classic Wilbur Smith

In its' abridged format the story clearly looses flow and occasionally the thread and continuity..

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