Assegai by Wilbur Smith

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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 bestselling author.

 

About Wilbur Smith

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
 
Published May 12, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books. 479 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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Smith (The Quest, 2007, etc.) delivers plenty of the usual high-pitched adventure and old-fashioned prose in his latest addition to the interminable Courtney family saga.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Assegai

Publishers Weekly

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Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in 1964 with When the Lion Feeds . In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’ man and forme

Feb 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Assegai

Scotsman.com

HIS adventure-filled, bodice-ripping novels laced with heroic derring-do, exotic African landscapes and glamorous women, have sold in their millions around the world.

Mar 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Assegai

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