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One man. Three sons. A powerful destiny waiting to unfold.
Monsoon is the sweeping epic that continues the saga begun in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Birds of Prey. Once a voracious adventurer, it has been many years since Hal Courtney has dared the high seas. Now he must return with three of his sons - Tom, Dorian, and Guy - to protect the East India Trading Company from looting pirates, in exchange for half of the fortune he recovers.
It will be a death or glory mission in the name of the crown. But Hal must also think about the fates of his sons. Like their father before them, Tom, Dorian, and Guy are drawn inexorably to Africa. When fate decrees that they must all leave England forever, they set said for the dark, unexplored continent, seduced by the allure and mystery of this new, magnificent, but savage land. All will have a crucial part to play in shaping the Courtneys' destiny, as the family vies for a prize beyond any of their dreams.
In a story of anger and passion, peace and war, Wilbur Smith evinces himself at the height of his storytelling powers. Set at the dawn of eighteenth-century England, with the Courtneys riding wind-tossed seas toward Arabia and Africa, Monsoon is an exhilarating adventure pitting brother against brother, man against sea, and good against evil.
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About the Author

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over eighty million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.

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Hal Courtenay made it big in Smith's Birds of Prey. Now his sons are ready to make their mark‘in Africa.

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)

His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked.--Belfast Telegraph "Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience." --The Sunday Times"Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read." --The Daily Mail"His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked. " --Belfast Telegraph"The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted." --Mail on Sunday"Brightly colored, sweeping escapism." --Kirkus Reviews"A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled. " --San Francisco Chronicle"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile." --Denver Post "An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels." --Tulsa World "Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --Tulsa World"[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour... Wilbur Smith leaves fans feeling that they sailed alongside Sir Hal because the geography and the era appear so genuine. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading." --Midwest Book Review"Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers." --The Washington Post Book World"Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans." --Library Journal"A masterful tale of action and suspense.... 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." --Publishers Weekly"[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky." --Kirkus Reviews"A wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates...breathtaking." --Times Record News"Smith is a master." --Publishers Weekly"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --The Washington Post Book World"A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --Tulsa World"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." --The Times (UK)"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August." --Stephen King"Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master." --The Washington Post Book World"The world's leading adventure writer." --Daily Express (UK)"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick." --Sunday Times"Smith is a captivating storyteller." --The Orlando Sentinel"No one does adventure quite like Smith." --Daily Mirror (UK)"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --The Irish Times Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience. "The Sunday Times" Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read. "The Daily Mail" His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked. Belfast Telegraph The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted. "Mail on Sunday" Brightly colored, sweeping escapism. "Kirkus Reviews" A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled. "San Francisco Chronicle" A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile. "Denver Post " An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels. "Tulsa World " Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship. "Tulsa World" [A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour Wilbur Smith leaves fans feeling that they sailed alongside Sir Hal because the geography and the era appear so genuine. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading. "Midwest Book Review" Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers. "The Washington Post Book World" Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans. "Library Journal" A masterful tale of action and suspense.... 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. "Publishers Weekly" [Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky. "Kirkus Reviews" A wild adventure brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates breathtaking. "Times Record News" Smith is a master. "Publishers Weekly" One of the world's most popular adventure writers. "The Washington Post Book World" A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship. "Tulsa World" Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared. "The Times (UK)" Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August. "Stephen King" Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master. "The Washington Post Book World" The world's leading adventure writer. "Daily Express (UK)" Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick. "Sunday Times" Smith is a captivating storyteller. "The Orlando Sentinel" No one does adventure quite like Smith. "Daily Mirror (UK)" A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books. "The Irish Times"" 'Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience.' - "The Sunday Times"""'Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read.' - "The Daily Mail"""'His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked.' "- Belfast Telegraph" 'The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted.' - "Mail on Sunday" 'Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.' - "Kirkus Reviews"""'A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled.' -" San Francisco Chronicle"""'A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile.' -"Denver"" Post"""'An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.' - "Tulsa"" World""" "Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa"" World""""[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour... Wilbur Smith leaves fans feeling that they sailed alongside Sir Hal because the geography and the era appear so genuine. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading." -- "Midwest"" Book Review" "Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World """"Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans." - "Library Journal """"A masterful tale of action and suspense.... 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."--"Publishers Weekly" "[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."--"Kirkus Reviews""""A wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates...breathtaking." --"Times Record News""" Praise for Wilbur Smith"Smith is a master." --"Publishers Weekly" "One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World" "A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa World""Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." --"The Times" (UK) "Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King "Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World""The world's leading adventure writer." --"Daily Express" (UK)"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times""Smith is a captivating storyteller." --"The Orlando Sentinel""No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror" (UK) "A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times" Praise for "Monsoon"'Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience.' - "The Sunday Times"""'Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read.' - "The Daily Mail"""'His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked.' "- Belfast Telegraph" 'The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted.' - "Mail on Sunday" 'Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.' - "Kirkus Reviews"""'A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled.' -" San Francisco Chronicle"""'A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile.' -"Denver"" Post"""'An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.' - "Tulsa"" World""" "Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa"" World""""[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour... Wilbur Smith leaves fans feeling that they sailed alongside Sir Hal because the geography and the era appear so genuine. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading." -- "Midwest"" Book Review" "Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World """"Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans." - "Library Journal """"A masterful tale of action and suspense.... 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."--"Publishers Weekly" "[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."--"Kirkus Reviews""""A wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates...breathtaking." --"Times Record News""" Praise for Wilbur Smith"Smith is a master." --"Publishers Weekly" "One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World" "A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa World""Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." --"The Times" (UK) "Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King "Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World""The world's leading adventure writer." --"Daily Express" (UK)"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times""Smith is a captivating storyteller." --"The Orlando Sentinel""No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror" (UK) "A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times" "[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."- "Kirkus Reviews""[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading."- "Midwest Book Review""Only a handful of twentieth-century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith...a rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftmanship."- "Tulsa World""A masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, [in] arid deserts, and steaming jungles... Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail...a smooth blend of adventure and romance, thenovel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas."- "Publishers Weekly""Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers."- "The Washington Post Book World" "�Smith� paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."- "Kirkus Reviews" "�A� nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading."- "Midwest Book Review" "Only a handful of twentieth-century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith...a rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftmanship."- "Tulsa World" "A masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, �in� arid deserts, and steaming jungles... Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail...a smooth blend of adventure and romance, thenovel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas."- "Publishers Weekly" "Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers."- "The Washington Post Book World"

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