Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When The Lion Feeds, and has since written nearly thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages. Wilbur Smith lives in London and continues to have an abiding concern for the peoples and wildlife of his native continent, an interest strongly reflected in his novels.
"Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master." -Washington Post Book World "Master storyteller Smith takes his story into another generation of adventurers battling on the sea and on land."-Tulsa World "A swashbuckling, brawling, sprawling historical epic of South Africa...will be appreciated by fans of historical fiction."-Library Journal "More than 600 pages of pure pleasure...Smith can stretch a yarn and drag every emotion you have along with it...Smith has a way of drawing you into a story, and the time period matters not a whit."-Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) "The eleventh volume in Smith's saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance, this rip-roaring historical romp...will mesmerize faithful fans and win converts to Smith's trademark blend of lushly exotic fiction." --Booklist "Gripping...broad...the writer's fans will enjoy the ride."-Publishers Weekly "Really big retro-fun."-Kirkus Reviews