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Golden Fox (The Courtneys of Africa) Paperback – 7 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330317504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330317504
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,119 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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'Full-blooded and romantic adventure' Sunday Express

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In the searing heat of a divided Africa, two decades of bitter dynastic conflict explode with terrifying ferocity. For Gary and Sean Courtney it is a struggle to the end, brother against brother, unaware that their battle is dragging them irresistibly into the lair of an international terrorist.

Only Isabella Courtney stands between them and the mutual destruction they have willed for so long. Beautiful, headstrong Isabella; the link to 'Golden Fox' - a man whose alias hides a sinister and deadly secret . . .

From the heart of London society to the grandeur of Spain, from parched Ethiopia to war-torn Angola and on to the blazing hunting grounds of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Golden Fox is an adventure of stirring, irresistible intensity.

'We are caught up in a broad historical sweep, nothing less than the destabilization of one entire continent . . . action is never further than the turn of a page' Independent

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2001
Format: Paperback
Once again the Courtney family, their lives and adventures, keep you gripped from page one. In this book Isabella Courtney takes centre stage and we follow her from London to Spain and, of course, back home to Africa. She falls in love with a handsome foreigner- but who is this man really? What are his true intentions? She is trapped in the lair of the 'Golden Fox'. The book follows her life in Africa as she undergoes emotional torture and blackmail which only her strength of character and determination allow her to endure. She is torn between family love and loyalty, and loyalty to her country. Her brothers become embroiled in the troubles and are set one against the other. Will the Courtney family survive this unseen enemy? A book with something for everyone - adventure, love, the world of spies and revolution, and the beauty of Africa. You will turn each page in eager anticipation - what will happen next?!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JFD on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Starting at a Rolling Stones concert in London's Hyde Park and ending with the potential slaughter of innocents in South Africa this book paints an intriguing picture of third party interference in Africa in the 1970's. Part of the Courtney series, this one focuses on Isabella although her three brothers and other prominent members of the family feature heavily, not least because Isabella's action as the result of her relationship with a mysterious foreigner set brother against brother. Well thought through and written, the book keeps you engaged from start to finish and makes you wonder whether such events really could and did happen. The deep sea fishing section I found particularly engaging and a tribute to Wilbur Smith's descriptive abilities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Clewes on 8 Aug. 2007
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I love Wilbur Smith books, having read most of them. But this one I found a bit of a let down at the end. He's very descriptive in most things, which we all love, especially the wilderness of Africa. But the ending to this story was a let down, almost as if the editor told him he had to finish it in 3 pages flat. I would have liked to read about when Nicky got back together with the family, how Isabel is doing now after all the treachery she did, etc., etc.. Although I've kept some of his other books to read again at some later stage, this one I will definately not read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By browne115 on 3 Nov. 2013
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I have read nearly the entire Wilbur Smith Collection in paperback or hardback form and I have enjoyed all of them.

I would like to say I enjoyed Golden Fox as much and the story itself is fine. However, the huge amount of spelling errors, wrong words and other syntax and grammatical errors throughout the kindle version of the book is utterly ridiculous. It made it difficult to read in places and genuinely annoying as it interrupted the flow of the story while you worked out what the word or sentence should be.

Having read nearly all the rest of the Smith collection I do not for a second imagine this is the fault of the author at all but clearly some problem when the book is changed from paper to kindle. It is abundantly clear that amazon do not proof read the text they put out on kindle store and this frankly ruins this book.

I am very angry that such a large corporation with such a popular product cannot even be bothered to proof read the books they are selling on Kindle and I do not know who or what they employ to convert them to e-books but clearly in this case it has proved inadequate. I will be complaining to kindle about this book because there were so many mistakes that I cannot imagine are anything to do with the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JB on 26 Aug. 2013
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Another excellent Wilbur story, or, at least, it would have been except that the countless typos, spelling, grammatical and syntax errors made it almost impossible to read.

Amazon/Kindle need to get to grips with this, and stop selling books until they are in a readable condition.

I truly believe Amazon should make a full refund to anyone unfortunate enough to have purchased this crisp.

Can't see this happening though.

Wilbur Smith fans, don't waste your money on this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tomhughes on 28 Aug. 2013
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This is the last of the Courtney novels and is as well written as all the others in its' original Wilbur Smith form. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition has been poorly put together, littered as it is by errors in translation.

A number of other Kindle books have suffered from the same problems; although not to the same extent.
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I am a big fan of Wilbur Smith and his tales of Africa. To weave fictional characters into actual historical events lifts the story. I have read the vast majority of his books over the years in paper form as they were published. I am also a big eReader fan, so imagine my delight at marrying the two aspects of downloading books I enjoy as I want them.
This book is not Wilbur Smith's best, I have to say, but must be read if you are interested in the Courtney saga. The plot is a bit thin and set around pretty weak central characters who irritate. Bella Courtney, the central character, is a wilful spoilt rich kid, who, despite suddenly acquiring a PhD acts in a very unlike PhD way and makes some strange life choices. She manages to disappear form her family for months on end without exciting the least curiosity. The whole plot is wrapped up in the last three to five pages in a very summary fashion with everyone, seemingly, living happily ever after. It was though Mr Smith was under pressure to deliver this book to the publisher and had mixed his deadline!
To come to my biggest gripe! The transformation from the original transcript to the electronic format is appalling. I have come to expect errors in the older books when translated to electronic format but in this particular publication the mistakes are legion! On practically every page there are examples of misspelling, repetition, incorrect tenses, words that don't exist. the worst thing is to misspell the names of actual historical persons, Che Guevara came in for such treatment, show respect! Amazon should really examine their transfer processes, proof reading and quality control, especially if they are too charge full price for the book.
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