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Assegai

Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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From directly overhead he heard the loud flapping of heavy wings, and another vulture rose from beyond the screen of banana plants. Leon felt the chill of dread. If the brutes are settling that means there's meat lying out there, dead meat.

King and country. No matter the cost. 

With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter, Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.  

Leon finds himself falling for Von Meerbach's beautiful mistress but never forgets that his real mission is to destroy the enemy. But how easy will he find his task when his true enemy is closer to home than Leon ever expected?

A Courtney adventure - book 1 in the Assegai sequence.

©2009 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Assegai

Great book loved it was very entertaining excitement from start to finish. thoroughly recommend it.

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  • JDD
  • 09-02-2019

wow what an awesome story

Seems as though Wilbur Smith's books not only get better chronologically, but they also become more meaningful to me.

Assegai offers special twists, moving from the traditional war and battle stories to hunting with a bang. Boy does Smith deliver. This is honestly one of the best hunting and African novels I have read. Painting vivid pictures of hunting's particular excitement, but the description if Africa and safari are clear, memorable and accurate.

Everything written brings back my memories. THANK YOU

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  • Ken
  • 04-09-2018

Very enjoyable

Very enjoyable, have always avoided his books apart from Hector Cross. But found this to bo engrossing and couldn't put it down.

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  • Street
  • 26-09-2018

A shame

I have read many Wilbur Smith books and have always found them to be well written and enjoyable so I was looking forward to listening to this one, unfortunately the narration was sub standard and almost intelligible in places so after about 90 minutes I gave up and returned the book.

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  • Anne Taylor
  • 15-09-2018

Only one problem

Voiceover was too bass and quiet in some parts so difficult to hear at times

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  • Straight talker.
  • 10-09-2018

Assegai

A riveting tale from start to finish. Beautifully read Wilbur Smith at his very best.

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  • john lockwood
  • 07-09-2018

more of this great series about the Courtney famil

yet again Wibour Smith has proven his genius. A must read novel in the Courtney series.

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  • Lareine
  • 07-09-2018

Wilbur Smith at his best

Really enjoyed listening to this story. So well narrated by Sean Barrett who made the story come to life. I’ve read many Wilbur Smith books, but this is my first audio of his. Would definitely recommend it.

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  • Ilia C
  • 27-01-2019

Fantastic

Huge fan of Wilbur Smith, Assegai does not let you down, Audible is great even though its 2nd time I have read this novel 1st time being paper back

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  • S. Peacock
  • 21-01-2019

Not for me

Plot and writing are both OK, not great but OK, but characters are so clichéd and story so predictable that I was in a hurry for it to finish.


Nearly gave up about 1/3 in when the story seemed to be going nowhere, just tedious and unpleasant stuff about hunting in Africa but then something resembling a plot started to emerge so I persevered, middle 1/3 is OK until the book turns into a rather sickly love-story. When the story started veering towards fortune-telling, witchcraft and other such mumbo-jumbo is when I really turned off.

Although I accept that all books must adopt the morals of the period in which they are set and that it is a skill for the author to have put aside modern values and adopted those of early 20th century white colonial Africa, I still found much of the book distasteful and did not like the reverence with which the author treated big game hunting and imperial brutality.

Managed to finish it but won't be reading any more books by the same author.

5 stars for the reader though, nice voice and well read.

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  • C Martin
  • 23-12-2018

Doesn't age very well

No doubt Wilbur Smith thought he was rather progressive, but unfortunately this is very much a book its time. Not horrendous, but rather dated, so I will not be buying subsequent books.

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  • p d king
  • 10-12-2018

love it

one of the best I have listened to but always loved Wilbur Smith and this no exception