Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’. 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. Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Wilbur Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the.

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Mar 15, Faith Mortimer rated it really liked it. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. I love Africa and adventures in the bush.

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Assefai couldn’t quite lose myself in this book, but I know it was only due to the description of so many animals being killed. Although I found the approach to hunting animals by the foreigners visiting to join safari trips reckless and cruel, this was offset by those running the safaris shaming the foreigners about their behaviour. Leon had never Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of asseai historical novel.

Smiith all 4 comments. Back to Africa with the Courteneys, and safari treks and exciting action, Smith is back to his “old form” after his blip on the good writing radar screen with Quest! Views Read Edit View history.

Approached by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Leon agrees to help keep his eyes and ears ope Smith ups the ante in this Courtney novel, lucky number thirteen, which has very fluid ties to its predecessor. He brought Africa to life for me. Asinine would be more accurate Even so, I read the entire book hoping wklbur little classic Wilbur would shine through.


He makes everything fascinating whether it is the wilds of Africa or life on board an East Smitb sailing ship in the s.

Cut the crap Wilbur, this is historical fiction not Marvel The prose was bland, no climax I assume the author included the last two pages as its peakand not much information narrated like Mr. There is a larger story of intrigue that involves a German industrialist who hires Leon to take him on safari.

I wouldn’t normally read this type of book, but it was given to ne by a friend and I found that I actually enjoyed it. This tale moves effortlessly between history, geography, and character development, while staying true to the formula for literary smigh. Trivia About Assegai Courtney Mar 14, Caroline rated it it was ok. The plot revolves around Leon Courtney, 19 y. He truly is a grand master of adventure writing and historical novels.

Three stars feels right to me.

Something to look out for in the second hand book shops. I did enjoy it in parts, but Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army.

Eva and Otto later use the safari to meet with Koos de la Reyin which Otto agrees to support a Boer coup in South Africa, an act that would destabilize British power in the continent. Levy rated it liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Leon rises to become a second lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles regiment based in Nairobi.

More books from this author: Well mom, you weren’t reading asssgai piece of crap. Jul 04, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: My book club generally liked the book with agreement that the historical setting, pre world war I in East Africa, was interesting — especially the aut A selection assegzi my book club to be discussed next week.


I found mysefl for the first time ever hoping that the ‘baddies’ would kill everyone just so I could finish the book. Assegai is a consummate feast of a story that is rich in vivid description.

The author takes the reader into British East Africa of a years ago. In the beginning I almost believed it, because he seemed to have an Read my full review. Jul 16, Debra Pawlak assegal it really liked it.

Hardcoverpages. I will be definitely looking into the other books of this series by this author.

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Must redeem within 90 days. In fact, every story he tells he brings to life. Wilbur Smith has enthralled me in the past.

Books by Wilbur Smith. Despite his acquittal Leon’s duties do nothing to improve his falling morale and he considers quitting the army to take up elephant hunting, based on a prediction made by Lusima. And he outran the bad guys while carrying his dying friend on his back for about 30 miles through the Savannah where a hot, half-naked-mother-figure-voodoo-lady healed them both with magical potions and spells.

This exciting adventure set in Africa is thrilling to the last word. It is not only a weapon but a symbol of smitb. The relationship between Leon and Manyoro is both humorous at times and deeply moving at others. Extremely captivating I’ve spent nights unable to get off the Sereghetti, chasing bull elephants, and dancing around the campfire, with the chant of “just one more chapter” in the background