Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.
East African coast, 1670.
In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....
The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.
But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....
A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.
©2015 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)
I have been a Wilbur Smith fan since the 1970s. I have read everything he has written. I was disappointed in this book. I don't know who Giles Kristian is but he certainly didn't help with this one.
Wilbur. I have loved your work over the last 50 years or so but this was not anywhere near your best.
The story was very predictable and not very plausible.
A less predictable plot and richer character development.
Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?
I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.
I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?
"Good story and characters filled out as usual."
Wilbur was going on holiday and tied up the end suddenly. Exciting and engaging but the end needs more details.
This is one of Wilbur Smith's best. A fabulous tale of seafaring courage, with the usual assortment of rouges, fighting, incarceration, and escape. brilliant writing, excellent narration, and a thoroughly engaging listen. I have listened to many of smith's books, and find the abridged versions significantly lacking, and so with this unabridged version you get the full force of his work. Highly recommended.
enjoyable but not my sort of book. well read though. not too bad a book
"Smith back to his best"
a great read, would love to know when this was written, the sequence of his stories would really benefit the readers understanding of WS writing and story telling would bring him to life for this fan in particular
Disappointment for a Wilbur Smith book. I found the story very average. The narration however was brilliantly performed.
"old or out dated?"
I have so much enjoyed all of Wilbur Smith's books, but he was off track with the Nile series and this is the worst of the others.
It is just too much made up and extravagant.
Simply disappointing. Out dated?
Might it be that we live in a different era now?
"Worst Wilbur Smith Book Ever"
It was not like a wilbur smith book totally different most disappointing and unreadable narrator was not easy to listen to
Simon Vance (fromn the quest so much better)
the second writer
WILBUR SMITH PLEASE GO BACK TO WRITING ALONE
"Traditional Wilbur Smith"
I thought Wilbur Smith was past it judged from his recent efforts but this book marks a return to the sort of tale he tells so well. If you've had exposure to a lot of Wilbur Smith's novels though you might find the style and the genre a little tired. But still a good listen.
Probably not for the youngsters and older people may have moved on.
He told the story well.
They should but todays cinematic demographic - 16 to 25 - would find it old fashioned
Worth a listen if you like this genre.
"Not as good as his early books"
Story disappointing and overly formulaic. This did not give the narrator much chance but he was poor.
"A decent enough time line filler"
It will be interesting to see what they can achieve together in the future. Would like to see some George - Waite Courtney time line filling in future works. (Assuming they are at all related)
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