A war for a nation. The battle for her heart.
'Only once in his life had Sean met a man whose strength matched his own – and now, again, they were pitted against each other...'
Sean Courtney, impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds returns from the wildnerness a rich man – until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold and the girl he loves.
A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld...
This is the gripping second novel, in the Courtneys sequence.
©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
I read the book when it was first realised and now you've brought it to life. Wonderful story telling. Audible has given me a new lease on life. All the stories I have read and loved presented again in such a wonderful and easy to use package. Wilbur Smith a truly great author. Thank you.
This story continues the tale of Sean Courtney and his rise to greatness. The horror of the Boer War and the love / hate relationship with his younger brother Garrick Courtney. When I read the original book in the 1979's I couldn't put it down. The years that have passed have not diminished the quality of this excellent story. A big bonus. This story is unabridged!
Lots of war and death in this novel but I enjoyed it nevertheless and have the next one downloaded even though it is abridged.
This is the brilliant sequel to When the Lion Feeds. After leaving the Witwatersrand with his son Dirk, Sean Courtneymeets Ruth Friedman and together they escape into British held territory during the Boer War. They go their separate ways, and Sean joins the British Army after a brief return home to Ladyburg. He battles against his brother in law Jan Paulis who leads a small troop of Boer soldiers, eventually after the two have several encounters the war ends in peace. Sean returns home to marry Ruth whose husband Saul has died during the war. Garry continues his jealousy and hatred of Sean culminating in a climatic horse race between Michael and Dirk Courtney, in which the result could determine Garry's fate. Brilliantly narrated once again by John Lee, Wilbur Smith's The Sound of Thunder is a great listen and read.
"Sean Courtenay - brilliant"
Yes, always better to listen, especially with a great narrator
Main character Sean is brilliant
Excellent vocal range, natural enough to draw you into the story
Little of both
This is a good story from a good author and features Sean Courtenay who's Smith's greatest creation, what's not to like? Ace narration too, a fantastic follow up to When the Lion feeds.
"One if the best"
Little bit of everything that Wilbur Smith can offer in his writing. I hope they make a movie some day!
"A great follow on from When the Lion Feeds."
This is my second Wilbour Smith book, I found this book just as captivating as the first. It's well worth the listen.
No but audio version is great to have in the car.
Sean Courtney. Larger than life character
If possible but too long
Would like to see unabridged versions of the rest of the books in the series made available.
"The Sound of Thunder"
Good story about Africa. Tells the colonial settlers history both Dutch and English. Pronunciation of some of the Afrikaans words are wrong.
"very good gripping and fast paced."
An adventure of passion and violence, love and hatred. The imagines humanity thou it was real
You will not go far wrong with this novel, there is always something happening..Poor Gary
Many mini related stories building up the picture of true heroes (Sean's) life.
Lots of battle descriptions where I did get lost once or twice, but overall an epic tale.
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