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The book is every reason why everyone should read Historical fiction. Leads the reader through a different time and place and broadens your vocabulary. ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 26, 2014 |
The beginning and end of this book are very good and very exciting, but in the middle it drops off so much that I almost gave up on it. Perhaps it's because I'm spoilt having read so much H Rider Haggard, but the endless safari/hunting scenes in the middle paled in comparison to those in Haggard's African books. They were too drawn out and just lacked the excitement I'm used to in such scenes. However, it is not fair to concentrate on this middle bit when, as I said, the beginning and end are really very good. Cut some of the padding in the middle and this would have got at least four stars from me. Definitely worth reading if you like period African adventures, just don't expect another H Rider Haggard. ( )
  nwdavies | Aug 21, 2014 |
Smooth writing and story telling but it's just.... blah? Predictable, dull, yawn, forgettable. A book I'd read on a plane, and leave behind for the next passenger. ( )
  StormChase | Dec 12, 2013 |
In 1913 Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides rich and powerful men from America and Europe on big game safaris in the territories of the Masai tribe. Leon has developed a special relationship with the Masai. One of Leon's clients is Count Otto Von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne (from The Triumph of the Sun) who is commander of the British forces in East Africa to gather information from Von Meerbach. Instead Leon falls desperately in love with Von Meerbach's beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva Von Wellberg. Just prior to the outbreak of World War I Leon stumbles on a plot by Count Von Meerbach to raise a rebellion against Britain on the side of Germany amongst the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War in South Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate Von Meerbach's design. Then Eva Von Wellberg returns to Africa with her master and Leon finds out who and what she really is behind the mask... Assegai is the latest of the Courtney novels.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
this is the latest book - find the correct order to read them before starting
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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This book is for my wife MOKHINISO who is the best thing that has ever happened to me
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August 8, 1906, was the fourth anniversary of the coronation of Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India.
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Ex-soldier; guides the rich and powerful from American and Europe on big-game safaris; recruited by his uncle to spy for him on Count Otto von Meerbach; falls in love with Otto's mistress; stumbles on a plot by Count Otto to start a rebellion against Britian
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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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1913. Leon Courtney is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's army. He hadn't bargained on falling in love with Eva, the Count's mistress.… (more)

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