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Publisher's Summary

Brand new Wilbur Smith series for listeners of 10 and above - starring 14-year-old Jack Courtney. 

Jack Courtney has lived in the UK his whole life. But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them.

When his parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries, nobody seems to have any answers. Jack is pretty sure that it's got something to do with the nearby tantalum mines, but he needs to prove it. Along with Amelia and Xander, Jack must brave the jungle to save his parents. Standing in his way is a member of his own family - Caleb Courtney.

There are western gorillas, forest elephants and hippos. But there are also bandits, mercenaries and poachers. The three friends will need their wits about them if they are to save not only Jack's parents but their own lives too.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Wilbur Smith (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Sorry, this was not what I would describe as a Wilbur Smith book. I have read and enjoyed every book that he has written and Cloudburst just doesn't fit i n. It is like a childrens story with predictable plot, simple solutions and immature characters.

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  • 02-08-2020

This is not Smith, like a teenagers story.

just not Wilbur Smith,. like a racy teenagers book. too short for a Smith and not even his style. I learned nothing, and knew the ending as it started.

looks like it is the end of the master.

Goodbye Wilbur

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  • Julie Evans
  • 02-10-2021

I wish that all youngsters could read this book.

I have become an avid Wilbur Smith fan since my husband bought me a subscription for Audible and as part of this I was sent Cloudburst, which is a children’s book as a free sample. I’m nearly 50 years old and I was curious to read it as I work in a school and read with children. I enjoyed it and thought that it is a great book for a young person to get absorbed into and then become hooked into the writing of Wilbur Smith etc. I wish that the older children in my primary school have access to material like this, especially boys as it can be more difficult to engage them, but this book was exciting and I know that they would enjoy it and the others in the series. Thank You, Audible.

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  • welshboyslim
  • 23-04-2021

Enid Blyton lives!

More like “Five go to the Congo”! Wilbur Smith didn’t come with a hundred miles of this story.

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  • Bob Meyer
  • 14-10-2020

A twist to Smith's normal African storytelling

Wilbur Smith brings us a new Courtney chapter brought to life by Toby Stephen's storytelling.

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