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King of Kings

Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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Cairo, 1887. A beautiful September day. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancée, Amber Benbrook, stroll hand in hand. The future is theirs for the taking. 

But when Penrod's jealous former lover, Lady Agatha, plants doubt about his character, Amber leaves him and travels to the wilds of Abyssinia with her twin sister, Saffron, and her adventurer husband, Ryder Courtney. On a mission to establish a silver mine, they make the dangerous journey to the new capital of Addis Ababa, where they are welcomed by Menelik, the King of Kings. 

Back in Cairo, a devastated Penrod seeks oblivion in the city's opium dens. He is rescued by an old friend, who is now in the Italian army, and offered the chance to join the military efforts. Italy has designs on Abyssinia, and there are rumours of a plan to invade....

With storm clouds gathering, and on opposing sides of the invasion, can Penrod and Amber find their way back to one another - against all the odds?

©2019 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • limey47570
  • 30-04-2019

Not his best

I have been reading Wilbur Smith for over 40 years he is the master of his work. He has taken me to the edge and beyond with his inspirational tales. This one is in my opinion not one if his best, it lacks the fire that was so prevalent in all his other magnificent books.

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  • Roger
  • 26-04-2019

Classic Wilbur Smith

So much of it was expected, nevertheless it was a very satisfying read.

Nice balance of coverage of cultures.

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  • JDD
  • 21-04-2019

Superb volume in an AWESOME series

While my love of Africa surely influences my fondness for the author and his writing, this volume is particularly treasured because it provides closure to many characters and events. Having read all of the series, I can think of no other author who touches me the was Smith has.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

Good but...

This book takes place within the book 'Triumph of the sun' and gives more attention to some of the strong female characters. The story is very good, but readers of 'Triumph of the sun' need to suspend their disbelief to squeeze this tale into the original...it doesn't quite fit in my opinion. It also has a slightly diluted feel to it compared to other Wilbur Smith books...not as tense or (strange thing to say) cruel. This may be because we know what happens to all the main characters in the end since they have to slot neatly back into the other story and because the book was co-authored. All in all a good book and well worth the listen, but be prepared for a slightly different experience.

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  • JG
  • 03-05-2019

Another great African Story

Another very well researched yarn from the Wilbur Smith Library. Very interesting, beautifully written but rather predicable in the end. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • malcolm hill
  • 20-04-2019

Brilliant

Wilber Smith at his best.Taking you on a rollercoaster ride across Africa in a bygone age.

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  • phil
  • 19-04-2019

great read

Wilbur Smith proves again he is a master story teller quick paced page turner you will have trouble drubbing off