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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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I love your action, descriptions of Africa, and attention to detail when it comes to describing machines and whatnot. Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army. In lions and buffaloes were considered “vermin” by the local government.

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It has 3 foot long razor sharp metal blade attached to a hardwood shaft to form a deadly spear. He was drawn to the wilderness.

Because this book was such a let down.

The other characters in the story are also well crafted to keep things interesting. Leon learns how to fly an aeroplane from Otto, and falls in love with Eva von Wellberg, Otto’s mistress.

He also becomes a spy of sorts. Leon rises to become a second lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles regiment based in Nairobi. This page was last edited on smitn Augustat From that moment, I have been in love with this author. It’s the details of the hunt and wildlife that is truly entrancing about the book.


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The book clocked in at over pages, but all in all it was a quick read and didn’t take that long to finish. However, once The Graf set foot ashore I knew things had taken a turn and I can strap in for some entertaining story-telling. Fap Fap Fap, they stabbed the lion with the Assegai arrow. Assegai Trade Paperback In short, the story, plot, characters and Africa itself is reader’s delight.

The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy

Where are the complicated and heart wrenching story lines of his River God series, where’s the excitement of Africa that was in his early Courtney books i. Smith’s detail on game drives is paramount, and exciting stuff even for an ecologist but romance and characterisation in this novel were just plain yucky. It is not only a weapon but a symbol of bravery. Wilnur 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.

Assegai references the spear used by the Maasai tribesmen of Nairobi. British army boy who ends up working as a hunting-safari guide for rich white folks. His fiction wllbur a very peculiar, inimitable voice, made of strong, simple traits, a fast, always-exciting pace, a rich prose, and a good amount of poetry – especially about African nature and habitat. And the two aristocratic Germans who play large roles in the book as antagonists could easily fit nicely into the role of villains in early silent films, twisting moustaches and evil eyes included.

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As the action unfolds in the years before and during the First World War, Assegai throws light on the historical sideshow that was the struggle between German and British colonial forces in that theater so many thousands of miles from the Somme and the Argonne.

On Leopard Rock And of course the hunting details were devestating. Jun 27, Mrsku rated it did not like it Shelves: I found mysefl for the first time ever hoping that the ‘baddies’ would kill everyone just so I could finish the book.

But how easy will he find his task when his true enemy is closer to home than Leon ever expected? Open Preview See a Problem? The only thing that kept me reading this disturbing book was the conviction that the hero would wake up and become aware of the travesty of safari hunting,which is assegau here in tedious axsegai horrifying detail.

As a writer I am always impressed when I can learn new words, and I ended up with a long list of them to add to my vocabulary. This is particularly egregious because the laws of physics say that the same force smifh applied to t Not his best Perhaps over the years I have read too many Wilbur Smith Books, or perhaps I have grown more knowledgeable and less naive.