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 over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His other titles include the successful the Courtneys and the Ballantynes series, and Those in Peril and Vicious Circle, featuring security operative Hector Cross. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.