In this epic African adventure, Wilbur Smith returns to his longest running series -- and the very beginnings of the Courtney family saga in the late seventeenth century -- with co-author Giles Kristian.
Henry 'Hal' Courtney has always lived at sea. He watched his own father executed during the Anglo-Dutch naval war, and spent his entire young adulthood avenging his father's death. Now a truce has been made between the warring countries and Hal is captain of his own ship the Golden Bough. From the slave markets of Zanzibar to the pirate-riddled waters of the Indian Ocean, Hal leads his crew in and out of the waves of danger. But he soon realizes that just because the war is over, does not mean the battle is won, and the more a man achieves, the more he has to lose.
GOLDEN LION follows Hal Courtney's adventures after the Christians have routed the Muslim invaders in Ethiopia in the mid-seventeenth century. And though conflicts still rage, Hal will face a much more personal enemy bent on revenge.
WHEN THE LION FEEDS (1964) introduced the Courtney family to readers around the world. Subsequent Courtney novels traced the fortunes, and misfortunes, of this sprawling, ambitious family, from the dawn of the 18th century to the late 20th century, from Natal in South Africa through Rhodesia and up through East Africa.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
South African novelist Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series has won him millions of fans. This 13th installment (written in partnership with historical thriller author Giles Kristian) might be his most heart-stopping yet. Golden Lion plunges us straight inside the mind of a terrifying, anguished villain known as the Buzzard and chillingly sets up his insatiable desire for revenge. A family saga full of swashbuckling adventure and believable emotion, Smith’s story allowed us to sense Hal’s fear and the Buzzard’s hatred as much as we could smell the salty sea air.