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Quando vola il falco by Wilbur A. Smith
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Quando vola il falco (original 1979; edition 1995)

by Wilbur A. Smith, Marco Biondi (Translator)

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Title:Quando vola il falco
Authors:Wilbur A. Smith
Other authors:Marco Biondi (Translator)
Info:Milano, TEA, 1995
Collections:E-Book, Letti, Your library
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A Falcon Flies by Wilbur Smith (1979)

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i have this book in my collection and i may now have read it 3 times , still fabulous after all these years ( )
  Suzannie1 | Aug 25, 2015 |
Poor, wordy.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 5, 2014 |
A Falcon Flies opens with Dr. Robyn Ballantyne sailing to southern Africa on a mission. She hopes to bring medical aid and Christianity to the people of her birthplace, single handedly bring an end to the slave trade, and find her famous-yet-missing missionary father. Along for the ride is her brother, Zouga. Once in Africa, Zouga plays a big part in solving the mystery of his missing father while Robyn is distracted with the attention of different men. Luckily, this only occurs in the beginning of the book. Subsequently, Robyn becomes a fierce, brave, independent woman, hellbent on finding her father and delivering kindness to every native she meets.
Wilbur Smith's style of writing is, at times, soap-opera exaggerated. Robyn's emotions are extremely dramatic. Once I was able to accept this bewilderment as fact I was able to enjoy the book that much more. Since it goes on for over 500 pages, this was a good thing! ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 30, 2014 |
In 1860, a man and woman approach the coast of Africa aboard a swift clipper--in the command of an American who knows no law. Robyn Ballantyne and her brother Morris have waited years for this moment: to return to Africa, to search for their missionary father who had disappeared somewhere in the wilderness.

Traveling north from Cape Town, they follow a map left by a madman--into an uncharted world of waterfalls and jungle, teeming wildlife, murderous disease, and the ghastly ruins of an astounding city.

Uncovering their father's trail, Robyn and her brother are in the midst of a slave trade that pours out of Africa like a bloody wound. Now, to survive what they have found, they must make their separate ways out--through pitched battles on land and on sea…and through the pride, passions and fury of their hearts…

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"An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."
—*Tulsa World*

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**Praise for Wilbur Smith**

“Smith is a master.” *—Publishers Weekly

*“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” *—The Washington Post Book World
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*“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” *—Tulsa World*

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” *—The Times* (UK)      
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--*The Washington Post Book World*

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” *—**Daily Express* (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--*Sunday Times*

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” *—The Orlando Sentinel*

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —*Daily Mirror *(UK)

"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —*The Irish Times

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### From the Back Cover

*In a towering  tale of lovers, family, enemies, and honor, Wilbur Smith chronicles a journey into the heart of a continent--where only the bold would survive…*
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**A MAN HAD DISAPPEARED IN ****AFRICA******
In 1860, a man and woman approach the coast of Africa aboard a swift clipper--in the command of an American who knows no law. Robyn Ballantyne and her brother Morris have waited years for this moment: to return to Africa, to search for their missionary father who had disappeared somewhere in the wilderness.

*A TRIAL LED TO AN ****ANCIENT**** ****CITY****, UNTOLD WONDERS, AND HORROR**
Traveling north from Cape Town, they follow a map left by a madman--into an uncharted world of waterfalls and jungle, teeming wildlife, murderous disease, and the ghastly ruins of an astounding city.

**AND THE ONLY WAY OUT WILL BE THROUGH A HEART OF DARKNESS**
Uncovering their father's trail, Robyn and her brother are in the midst of a slave trade that pours out of Africa like a bloody wound. Now, to survive what they have found, they must make their separate ways out--through pitched battles on land and on sea…and through the pride, passions and fury of their hearts…

**"An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."**
**--*****Tulsa***** World****** ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Robyn and Morris, (Zouga), Ballantyne return to the Africa of their childhood to search for their missionary/explorer father who has been missing for 7 years in Africa's little-known interior. Along the way they find the secrets of their father's life, and face adversaries who are determined to carry on the slave trade.

The grand adventure and many thrills made this a right-fun page turner. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Dec 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330264125, Paperback)

'A single ball came through at deck level, It struck a burst of sparks from the steel hull, like Brocks Fireworks at Crystal palace, brilliant orange even in the strong sunlight, and the hole it tore through Black Joke's plating was fringed with bare jagged tongues of metal like the petals of a silver sunflower.' In search of a father they barely remember, Zouga and Dr Robyn Ballantyne board Mungo St John's magnificent clipper to speed them to Africa. But long before they sight that mighty continent, Robyn knows that she and Mungo will battle with all the fury of natural enemies -- and love with all the desperation of those unable to evade the commands of fate. For if she can bring hope and healing to Africa's fever-ridden shores, he, a lawless trader in human cargo, will possess any man -- or woman -- he chooses...

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"In search of a father they barely remember, Zouga and Dr Robyn Ballantyne board Mungo St John's magnificent clipper to speed them to Africa. But long before they sight that mighty continent, Robyn knows that she and Mungo will battle with all the fury of natural enemies -- and love with all the desperation of those unable to evade the commands of fate. For if she can bring hope and healing to Africa's fever-ridden shores, he, a lawless trader in human cargo, will possess any man -- or woman -- he chooses." - Publisher's description.… (more)

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