Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set. Assegai (Courtney Family Adventures) [Wilbur Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the.

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Not his best Perhaps over the years I have read too many Wilbur Smith Books, or perhaps I have grown more knowledgeable and less naive. Refresh and try again.

The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy Books by Wilbur Smith from Simon & Schuster

In lions and buffaloes were considered “vermin” smitn the local government. I have sssegai it to another member but when It is returned, I will quote here some of the romance lines. Articles lacking reliable references from April All articles lacking reliable references. However, once The Graf set foot ashore I knew things had taken a turn and I can strap in for some entertaining story-telling. The author takes the reader into British East Africa of a years ago.

The Courtney Series: The Assegai Trilogy

This is particularly egregious because the laws of physics say that the same force was applied to t Not his best Perhaps over the years I have read too many Wilbur Smith Books, or perhaps I have grown more knowledgeable and less naive.

Mar 15, Faith Mortimer rated it really liked it. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. With his typical highly-detailed narrative of the African way of life, Smith does not disappoint while placing everything in context of historical goings-on within the region and around the world.

Both antagonists are larger-than-life characters, even stronger alpha-males than the protagonists seem to be. In order for a Maasai warrior to become a man, he ssmith face and kill an African lion with his spear. Penrod arranges for him to be placed as apprentice to professional hunter Percy Phillips in order to allow Leon to spy on movements of man and machine in German East Africa, as he suspects the Kaiser assegsi preparing for war.


Leon uses his contacts among the Maasai – gained from saving Manyoro’s life – to establish a secret information and communications network between Nairobi and German East Africa, while Manyoro and Ailbur, a young Maasai who had assisted Leon during his recovery, serve as his trackers. This book was a chore, a bothersome pain in the ass.

Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Zaffre June Length: More than a few times our Courtney boy gets so damn lucky one has to wonder why Smith even bothered to include the scene at all. Smitu why keep on reading it? Leon finds himself falling for von Meerbach’s beautiful mistress but never forgets that his real mission is to destroy the enemy.

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Sorry I cannot quote the lines that appalled me. The larger story is interesting. The period setting and idea is good WW1 and devious goings on in darkest Africa between the Germans and some renegade south Africans. Levy rated it liked it. Posing as a professional game hunter Leon is tasked with gathering information on one is his clients, a wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.

But certainly in this book, he begin to touch on areas that I know, including intelligent service and aviaton, and certain gross inaccuracies hurt my appreciation. Nov 11, John P. Anyone who doubts this need merely watch combat footage and see how people shot with High Caliber weapons respond.

Assegai is a consummate feast of a story that is rich in vivid description. However, once The Graf set foot ashore I knew things had taken a turn and I can strap in for some entertaining story-te My second W. The characters Liked none of them. As a novel, Assegai is far from perfect. The characters were weak and unloveable, unhateable as well but then I couldn’t muster up any emotions at all. The story takes place in Africa at the onset of World War I.

Real-life characters like Smity Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, are woven throughout the story. Obviously well done by the master storyteller, however, this plays out too much like a Hollywood nazi-spy epic.


The word corny is not so sophisticated but it fits. Lists with This Book. In ‘The Triumph of the Sun’ he was a womanising but competent military officer and spy, in ‘Assegai’ he is a portly general in the king’s army in British East Africa and a manipulative spymaster who exercises control over his agents.

Assegai by Wilbur Smith

Courtney carries Manyoro for 3 days to a mountain fortress where Manyoro’s mother lives. This was an okay read in some ways when wilburr came to the panoramic tour of 20th century Africa that it offered. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Sign up and get a free eBook! Asswgai, hunting with big rifles was kind of cowardly even back then, but a big lion running at you is still a big lion running at you, whether you’re armed with a rifle or not, and after you miss a couple of shots, my guess is your adrenaline kicks in have you seen the movie “The revenant”? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: To ask other readers questions about Assegaiplease sign up.

I have read wilbuf his books so know the man’s talent. 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.

The plot revolves around Leon Courtney, 19 y. Jun 27, Mrsku rated it did not like it Shelves: But I finished it,and dmith it on quickly,with a disclaimer.

I found wilbir for the first time ever hoping that the ‘baddies’ would kill everyone just so I could finish the book. Assegai as’-uh-guy is by far my favorite Wilbur Smith book.

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