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The inner conflicts of a mismatched band of mercenaries threatens to derail an important mission in Wilbur Smith's dramatic adventure novel, The Dark of the Sun, set during the Congo Crisis.  

'The bend in the road rushed towards them, just a few more seconds. Then, with a succession of jarring crashes that shook the whole body of the car, a burst of fire hit them from behind. The windscreen starred into a sheet of opaque diamond lacework, the dashboard clock exploded powdering Shermaine's hair with particles of glass, two bullets tore through the seat ripping out the stuffing like the entrails of a wounded animal.'  

Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band with the dubious support of three white officers. His mission is to relieve a mining town cut off by the fighting and to retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds. Ranged against his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerrillas and hostile tribes that roam the land. But there is another, even deadlier enemy - one of his own men.... 

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Good book

Good look into the mercenary in the congo in the early 60s. But witha few warn out 60s mercenary stereotypes put in for story aids.

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  • Jaqs 153
  • 04-06-2020

The Dark of the Sun by Wilbur Smith

Loved it and all books by this author. Well read too. Need to get another one

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  • Street
  • 28-09-2019

Excellent

An excellent and enjoyable story as usual from the master, well performed by Peter Noble.

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  • Johnny
  • 01-02-2020

Good old fashioned war story

Enjoyed this book reminded me of great escape and films like that recommend it for a listen we’ll written and characters you can invest in

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  • Paul B
  • 26-04-2020

Not one his best

I’m a big fan of Wilbur Smith but I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy this one. There were a few occasions I considered giving up on it but I made myself finish. My issues were that I didn’t consider the story very strong and the narrator gave accents to the different characters, some of which I found intensely irritating. Overall I simply didn’t enjoy it and I wouldn’t recommend it as a book which can be compared with other WS novels.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 11-05-2019

memory

havnt read since 1980, the film with rod Taylor was on TV late Jan 8th 1am Jan 9th I called the hospital no news so I went to bed. 3.15 my mother woke me, you have a daughter, my first. I bought the book the following week.
Peter noble is an excellent narrator and of course Wilbur Smith is a prolific writer. the story tells just one of a thousand tales of the rape of africas resources by Europeans and the backlash of native Africans that still rages 40yrs on with the loss of millions of lives.

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  • Alexguiness
  • 01-07-2021

Great, classic entertainment

Really enjoyed this production. The story is simple and linear but so very well written. Historically accurate with an eye for detilail that can only be aquired with first hand knowledge. Yes, its violent, brutal and misogynistic but thats what makes it so very satisfying. No pandering to politcal correctness or tokenism, its just a rip roaring adventure written about men for men. The narrator was excellent, really made the charectors come alive and his accents were first class. It really makes you wonder if stuff like this will ever be written again, personally i doubt it but who cares, it doesn't get any better!

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