Birds of Prey by Wilbur Smith

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It is 1667 and the Dutch and the English are at war. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Henry 'Hal' Courteney, in their fighting caravel Lady Edwina, are on patrol off the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa: lying in wait for one of the galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient laden with treasure to fall into their net.

It is the beginning of the quest that will sweep them from the new settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north. The bloody capture of the Dutch merchantman, and three valuable hostages, launches Hal into a perilous adventure which only the bravest will survive...

Along the way Hal will encounter many enemies. A dangerous mutineer, sworn to extract to revenge. A fellow Knight Templar, now his father's betrayer. And the most dangerous adversary on the African continent, the Dutch swordsman Schreuder.

His spirit will also be tested by love. For the rich and pampered Dutch heiress, Katinka. For the beautiful slave girl, Sukeena. And for a woman whose unstinting courage will outshine them all...

From the dungeons of Good Hope to the uncharted wilderness of the Dark Continent and then to the fatal narrows of the Red Sea, Hal's faith will lead him to his destiny. To the defence of the final Christian stronghold in Africa. The kingdom of Prester John, historic guardian of the priceless Holy Grail...

Birds of Prey is a Courtney Family Adventure from bestselling author Wilbur Smith.


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 November 19, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 788 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror. Fiction

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Sir Francis is tortured and executed, and Hal, Aboli, and the rest of the not-so-merry men are sold into slavery but manage to stage a dashing escape with Colonel Schreuder in hot pursuit.

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Swashbuckling adventures at sea and on land highlight Smith's latest (after The Seventh Scroll), a number-one bestseller in England that's likely to climb the charts here. Set along the African coast

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Dedicated equestrians will want Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill.

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