Monsoon is a Wilbur Smith 'Courtney' novel: a story of anger and passion, of peace and war. Action, romance and adventure shape a family's destiny as they contest a prize beyond any of their dreams...It is the dawn of the eighteenth century. At the farthest edges of the known world, the mighty Honourable East India Trading Company suffers ...
Monsoon is a Wilbur Smith 'Courtney' novel: a story of anger and passion, of peace and war. Action, romance and adventure shape a family's destiny as they contest a prize beyond any of their dreams...It is the dawn of the eighteenth century. At the farthest edges of the known world, the mighty Honourable East India Trading Company suffers catastrophic losses from pirates of the high seas. After four years away from service, master mariner Sir Hal Courtney prepares for his latest and most dangerous voyage -- a death or glory mission in the name of the Empire and the Crown. But Hal must also think about the fate of his four sons. All are very different from each other. Each will have a crucial part to play in shaping the Courtneys' destiny. Separated by the winds of hazard, adventure will rule their future -- just as passion will forge their lives...Wilbur Smith carries all the powerful drama and rich emotions of a bygone time into his action-packed tale of the sea. Monsoon is a masterpiece from the world's greatest storyteller.
As all wilber Smith book, good reading, enjoyed the book
Nov 13, 2008
the first 30 pages came loose from the book. It was a hassle to keep them in place so I had to take them out and set aside while I finished book. Was NOT to happy bout that. But it was an excellant book.
Apr 1, 2007
The Pirates Life For Me...
With everything going on about "Pirates of the Caribean" being another blockbuster summer movie, why not another tale of daring do on the high seas? Follow the Courtney family in this second installment of the swashbuckling series as they go after murdering pirates with their own deadly resolve. This book is not just action, there is an underlining love story that is graphic enough to make this book XXX rated. Feel every slash and cut of the sword as you read along. Mr. Smith is a master.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-04-26 Tenth in the swashbuckling saga of the bold and adventuresome Courtneys, this epic sequel to Birds of Prey finds Sir Hal Courtney and his sons up to their bloody sword arms in piracy, intrigue, treachery and civil war in late 17th and early 18th century East Africa and Arabia. Once again the veteran author creates a masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, arid deserts and steaming jungles. Wealthy English landowner Sir Hal earned his fortune as a sea captain with the East India Company. To protect his overseas investments, he becomes a privateer to combat Arab pirates attacking company ships from bases in Zanzibar and Madagascar. Accompanied by three of his four sons, Sir Hal embarks on a desperate voyage that will bring either glory and treasure or ruin. Sir Hal is a skilled leader and a good father, but his sons are a mixed lot, bitter rivals in love and war. William, the eldest son, left in charge of the English estate, is a greedy blackguard and a brutal poltroon. Tom is a fearless leader while his twin brother, Guy, is a bitter and vengeful schemer. Young Dorian, captured by the Arabs and raised as a Muslim, is resourceful and cunning. Sir Hals voyage brings the Courtney family both wealth and catastrophe. One son is murdered, another becomes a fugitive, a third an abusive betrayer and the fourth is abandoned and forlorn. Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail attend the siblings adventures as they battle pirates, slavers, assassins, their own government and each other. A smooth blend of adventure and romance, the novel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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