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The Dark of the Sun

The Dark of the Sun [Kindle Edition]

Wilbur Smith
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"Best historical novelist: I say Wilbur Smith."--Stephen King"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World"

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Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band with the dubious support of three white officers. His mission is to relieve a mining town cut off by the fighting and to retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds. Ranged against his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerillas and hostile tribes that infest the land. But there is another, even deadlier enemy - one of his own men...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21FS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some very dark moments.... 13 Sep 2011
By Bridgey
Set in Africa during the Congo crisis Bruce Curry is given the mission of liberating a towns citizens (and the diamonds) from the marauding rebels.

There are only him and 3 other white men with him, a disgraced alcoholic doctor, a repressed homosexual and the ever bullying Wally Hendry. They have to lead a small mercenary band on this mission encountering bloodshed at every turn.

A page-turner of a novel with some very nice gory touches which include torture and cannibalism.

A few parts were a bit too slushy for me... (Why do they always fall in love after about 6 hours...?) but a very good read all the same. I especially like the way Smith shares the characters thoughts as well as what they say.

Will definitely be seeking out more works by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 May 2013
By michael
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I read wilbur smith all the time but I cannot with all honesty say that I enjoyed this book as I have done the others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilbur Smith fan 3 May 2013
By ann
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Excellent reading for all. It is not necessary to read all prior books, so can be enjoyed at any time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only for men 25 Jan 2002
The 'Dark of the Sun' is one of Smith's most violent books. That doesn't mean it is not a good book, but I recommend it only to those with strong stomachs and people who have served in the armed forces. If you can read through the violent scenes then you realise that Smith has written a brilliant story with no unnecessary long-winded descriptions, a story that keeps the reader's attention from the beginning to the end. Especially if you are man this book makes more sense to you. I particularly liked the way Smith presents the development of the relationship between the leader of the mercenaries and the girl he meets. I think it goes to the very essence of how and why relations between men and women are formed (or at least from a man's point of view).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic African mercenary tale 17 July 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, admittedly it took me a while to get into but it was time well invested. The plot expands and contracts in harmony with the dangers and euphoria faced by the lead character. The brutal Africa of the sixties is perfectly reconstructed by the author and the lead characters are believable and flawed at the same time.
The pace of the final chapters reminded me of the climax of Stokers Dracula. A gem of a read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really not good 3 July 2014
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I have read countless Wilbur Smith books because they contain colouorful and interesting characters who bound along an involving adventure but this book is a really poor effort lacking any particular 'guts' to the story or likeable characters.
Like 'Vicious Circle' the authour seems to think that every action novel needs a gratuitous rape scene which for a supposedly fast moving thriller is totally unnecessary IMO.
After the last two novels I don't think i'll be buying any more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 9 May 2014
By Isis
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Definite page turner and could not put it down. I have read his books before some years ago but love going back and reading them again
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark of the sun 5 May 2014
By mick
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I gave this rating as I was satisfied as usual it is so quick to make a purchase will use
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice book thank u
Published 8 days ago by Harry Winterbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading
Published 10 days ago by paul goddard
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good - but not the usual EPIC Wilbur Smith
Published 25 days ago by A. P. Snape
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical
Typical Wilbur Smith, heavy first chapter setting the scene for a fantastic story. Leaves you wondering if there is a follow up
Published 4 months ago by Michael Kelly
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I just have not got the time to fill this in, I bought it because I wanted it.
I liked it because It was what I needed
anyone who reads and likes a good read would like... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Brian Mckay
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Of The Sun
Wilbur Smith never fails to write a good story which are always well researched. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and often violent story about a band of mercenaries fighting in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by acorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story
Having read loads of Wilbur Smith's novels we were disappointed with this one. It was readable but the plot was not his best.
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars African adventure
Great adventure! But quite gory and descriptive, thankfully the hero gets the girl the baddy gets his just desert! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adrian66
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite author
Bought a new copy to replace a very tatty well read copy. A great adventure story. Mr Smith always takes you on a very memorable trip through Africa
Published 8 months ago by C E Painter
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