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Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Versión Kindle]

Wilbur Smith

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The highly popular historical novelist returns with another guaranteed best-seller. In the early 1900s, Second Lieutenant Leon Courtney decides to hang up his military career after a near-fatal mission in British East Africa (and a subsequent court-martial proceeding instigated by a vindictive superior office). He takes up big-game hunting, but that's only his cover: in reality, he is working as a spy, gathering intelligence for his uncle Penrod Ballantyne. Leon's target is Count Otto Von Meerbach, a German weapons manufacturer (the novel is set only a handful of years before World War I), but Leon doesn't count on falling in love with the target's seductive mistress, Eva. Can Leon foil Von Meerbach's plot to foment an African rebellion and, at the same time, protect the beautiful Eva? There is a reason Smith is a hugely popular writer of historical novels: his remarkable talent for re-creating historical periods and crafting characters we care about is virtually unmatched in the genre. Smith's novels of the Courtney and Ballantyne families (in 2005, he brought the two sagas together in The Triumph of the Sun) have been entertaining readers for nearly five decades, and if this novel is any indication, he is showing no signs of slowing down. -- David Pitt "Booklist" (03/15/2009)

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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.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1169 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 479
  • Editor: Thomas Dunne Books; Edición: Reprint (12 de mayo de 2009)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B002E7ARV4
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Amazon.com: 4.1 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  157 opiniones
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Good overall, better than Quest & Triumph of the Sun for sure! 2 de junio de 2009
Por Online - Publicado en Amazon.com
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First, I've read all of Wiber Smith's books. Every single one. So now I have to wait until he published new ones to get my fix. I'd consider this one above average, but not fabulous. Its better than his last two, but not as good as the earlier books in the Courntey or Ballantyne series.

Second, be aware the some of these early reviews on Amazon are plants. They either come from the publisher or other promoters. Mine does not.

Third, Assegai is a good book that is more in-line with Smith's work. Its back to the bacis of developing Africa, the relationship between Whites and Blacks, and between the Germans, Boers and British. Compared to some of Smith's other works I'd consider this one average. If you've read any of his African series featuring the Courtney's or Ballantyne, this is a similar concept all over again.

For readers new to smith, I loved the first three books of the Egyptian series, (River God, Seventh Scroll & Warlock). The last one, Quest, was terrible and shifted way to far into mysticism. Avoid it.

Triumph of the Sun was not very good. It was fine until about the last 50 pages, when it became clear the editor must have phoned up Smith and said "We need the book ASAP", because instead of the story playing out, he just summarized everything into a conclusion. Even the narative changed to speed things up. The long build up to a climax was completely deflated.

I would definately recommend the Courtney Series and their spin offs. The original series begins with "When the Lion Feeds". The entire second series of the Courtney's That begins with "Buring Shore" is also great. In the third series, the first three nautical books are also excellent, (Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon). All of the books in the series are classic Wilbur Smith books that are epics. They start with one generation and moves through the centuries. Kind of a modern War & Peace played out in several books. Having read all the series, you really get a feel for the economic and social development in sub-saharan Africa, the race issues, and gold/diamond development. They are very captivating and informative.

In conclusion, Assegai is typical Wilbur Smith, but for weeks of excellent reading, start with his earlier Courtney and Ballantyne series. You can't go wrong. Wikipedia has a good description of his series. I read them out of order, with a few of his stand alone novels in between. But the ones I did read in order, were even more compelling because you follow the characters or their offspring through the generations.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Different Branch of Courtney Family 20 de mayo de 2009
Por J. D. Andersen - Publicado en Amazon.com
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While Wilbur Smith writes engrossing novels, his real talent is in the description of his native Africa. One only has to read a few chapters of any of his novels to understand his love for his native land. Assegai does not fail in this regard. The descriptions of the hunts for African game are enough to make the reader feel he/she is on safari with Leon Courtney.

The time line of this novel falls just before the beginning of World War I. Readers who have followed the Courtney saga will recognize this to be about the same time frame as The Burning Shore. As there is no mention of Sean Courtney or Michael Courtney in this novel, one has to assume it is the family name, but the English Courtneys, not the South African Courtneys. Penrod Ballantyne, Leon Courtney's uncle, was featured in The Triumph of the Sun.

For those who are new to Wilbur Smith's work, and from reading some of the other reviews there are people who have not discovered Smith, I would suggest that you start the Courtney series with Birds of Prey, not necessarily When the Lion Feeds (the first Courtney book Smith penned). Then move to Monsoon, Blue Horizon and then pick up the beginning, When the Lion Feeds, The Sound of Thunder and A Sparrow Falls. Then the reader can move to The Courtneys of Africa series.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Glimmerings of vintage Smith 20 de mayo de 2009
Por TechGeek4000 - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I think Smith's best books were written in the 60s and 70s. Shout at the Devil, Cry Wolf, Diamond Hunters and Eye of the Tiger were Smith at his best. Starting in the 80s however, Mr. Smith's writing took on a political bent, his view of the ideal world, and his obvious nostalgia for the long dead British Empire and its past glory.

Assegai starts off in a fairly promising manner, but soon lapses into cliched circumstances. There are glimmerings of vintage Smith, the elephant and lion hunts, the poetic description of his much beloved Africa etc, but somehow it all seems forced this go around. The pace seems to pick up somewhat in the latter half, but then again, the characters seem paper thin and don't hold your interest for long.

I do miss the dry humor from his earlier books. Who can forget the lovable rascals from 'Shout at the devil' or 'Cry wolf'? In my opinion, that was Smith at his very best. Sadly, I suspect he's now past his prime, and like an aging wine left too long in the cellar, his newer efforts only maintain glimmers of their former glory.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A perfect brain shot 1 de octubre de 2009
Por V. Benbrook - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I usually love Wilbur Smith, but not this book. After the Triumph of the Sun (which was one of his most gripping books, a lot of adventure, you never know what's going to happen, you can't wait to turn pages ext...) I expected a lot more. I mean, the beginning is quite good it promises a lot, but then the core of the book it's just about hunting! I know he likes to describe some hunting scenes in every book, but here the hunting is more than half the story, nothing gripping or exiting, just one perfect brain shot after the other with some human casualties every now and then. It goes on and on with the killing of every possible species of Africa, elephants, buffalos, lions, more buffalos, alligators, lions, elephants again, pigs, whatever moves ext... The real story starts when the book is almost over, and doesn't last long enough; it's neither intriguing nor intricate to the point where it's almost predictable.
This book has a lot of brain shots but few brain shocks, the reader remains with a flat line.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Good, but not vintage Smith 27 de mayo de 2009
Por Robert Hansohn - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
This novel was certainly better than his last, but did not meet my expectations for this author. I have read all of Smith's work. Some fell short, others were quite good. This one falls in the middle. Development of most characters was thin, and lets face it, no professional hunter worth his salt would allow any client to engage in the antics described in this book. In short, most of this story just was not believeable. For that reason it was hard to stay engaged in this story.
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