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  • Paperback: 778 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edition edition (7 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330376314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330376310
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. 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 books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
For all the latest information on Wilbur visit facebook.com/WilburSmith

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"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

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'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.' (The Times)

'A master storyteller.' (The Sunday Times)

'Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master.' (The Washington Post Book World)

'Gripping ... broad ... the writer's fans will enjoy the ride.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Really big retro-fun.' (Kirkus Reviews)

'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 mesmerise faithful fans and win converts to Smith's trademark blend of lushly exotic fiction.' (Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Waterlow on 9 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you’ve not read Wilbur Smith before, let me explain. If you’ve ever longed to read an adventure story, yet you’ve never found any that live up to your high expectations – of a single novel containing love, betrayal, war, fighting, sea battles, camraderie and so forth, and the whole thing *not* reading like horribly contrived of drivel … Wilbur Smith writes those books. And he writes them with aplomb: Smith has the gift of a true storyteller, and no matter what you do there is no escape when he starts to tell you a tale. He writes with confidence and eloquence; criticisms of him tend to be that his characters are all stereotyped heroes and villains, maidens in distress or conniving evil harlots… but when you’re reading one of his stories whether or not that is true is highly irrelevant. Sometimes you *want* to read about heroes and villains, and when the story on offer is so rich and well-told this amounts to a constantly exhilerating experience.
“Blue Horizon”, then, sees Smith returning to the early Courtney family books, following on from “Birds of Prey” and “Monsoon”. This one begins with Jim Courney, son of Tom from “Monsoon”, having to leave his family and travel into the African wilderness to be with the woman he loves (we expect nothing less from Wilbur Smith!). That’s about as far as the jacket blurb goes, and completely fails to inform you that once again Smith makes the scope of his story truly epic.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By EFMOL on 4 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
From the moment I purchased this signed copy of Blue Horizon, I couldn't wait to get into this book.
Wilbur Smith delivers again with this brilliant tale of adventure in Southern Africa. Once more, the Courtneys are the central characters - I found the family tree available at Smith's web site a valuable reminder of who everybody was before starting to read this book.
I have read all Smith's books and for me he can do no wrong. His descriptions of all the actions are gripping and he always takes pleasure in describing the death throes of some characters. Some descriptions of bodily functions are not as gripping!!!!
I always find that Smith's books seem to finish up too quickly and also leave the reader wanting more. There's another Courtney book here for sure.
Smith's love of Africa shines through as always, yet he manages to find new strong characters for each story. This is a must for all Wilbur Smith fans. For those new to Smith, I would recommend reading other Courtney books to get maximum enjoyment out of this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 May 2003
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Topnotch voice performer Tim Pigott-Smith gives an exhilarating reading to the latest adventure yarn by one of our most popular authors. By turns suspenseful or serene, but always spellbinding Pigot-Smith's reading adds even greater depth to a thoroughly entertaining tale.
In this eleventh installment of the lives of the Courtney clan we are reminded that brothers Tom and Dorian Courtney proved their mettle while conquering enemies and forces of nature on a treacherous sea as they made their way to the Cap of Good Hope.
The story takes up some 25 years later to find the brothers successful and content as fathers and merchants, settled near undeveloped Africa. True to form Smith now introduces the next generation of Courtneys - Jim and Mansur who, very much like their fathers before them seek to make their individual marks on their part of a beautiful yet dangerous continent by traveling the "Robbers' Road."
This route holds much in store for both: romance, mortal risk, and reunion. Each of these elements meld into an exciting saga as only Wilbur Smith can imagine it.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wilbur Smith has to be the greatest living writing of adventure fiction. He has written some of the best work in the modern canon of adventure fiction.
He has brought Africa to life for millions. His novels have stretched from the Egyptian Empire through the first European incursions to modern day South Africa and Zimbabwe.
These are old fashioned adventure stories full of "boys own" heroes and heroines. His characterisation is strong and his plot construction almost flawless.
Blue Horizon carries on the story of the Courtney family and follows on from Birds of Prey and Monsoon. If you haven't read these then I suggest that you do so before reading this book.
This story tells of Tom, Dorian, Jim and Mansur Courtney and deals with the English settlers during the time of Dutch rule in South Africa and Arab rule along the Eastern seaboard.
We follow the different individual stories of the 4 main characters and Smith effortlessly brings their stories together and apart as the need arises.
He brings to life the sights and sounds of an alien world. You can see the herds of game and elephant. The various tribes of bushmen and Nguni. His action scenes are absorbing and you feel close to the heroes and their opponents.
His love of Africa is evident in every book and this is no exception. He portrays the Europeans, Arabs and Africans as they really were. There is little in the way of European favouritism as he draws the best and worse of every nationality involved.
As you read you mourn for the days when the world was this fresh and noble. You yearn to see the almost numerous quantities of game and elephant, the likes of which we'll never see. He shows the joy of the kill and the guilt felt afterwards by the true hunter for a quarry taken and never to be replaced.
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