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The Dark of the Sun Paperback – 1 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330537237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330537230
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,491 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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"Best historical novelist: I say Wilbur Smith."--Stephen King"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From the master storyteller and number one bestseller comes another thundering good read

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bridgey on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad's Dad on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin B on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on 16 July 2013
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Another great story by Wilbur Smith, but it holds no punches. Why does someone become a mercenary? Find out here. All these men are running from something, facing cruelty and violence as a way of getting through their own horrors. Gradually, all their lives unfold to reveal the naked emotions.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By chris8@nameplanet.com on 25 Jan. 2002
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ann on 3 May 2013
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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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By Anthony on 19 July 2015
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A great early novel from Wilbur Smith. This is still classic story telling which may be forgiven for being slightly dated now in its outlook and occasionally of questionable morality. It reflects and embraces its era with unashamed aplomb.
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By Adrian66 on 24 Jan. 2014
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Great adventure! But quite gory and descriptive, thankfully the hero gets the girl the baddy gets his just desert! And they all get way in an old Dc 10, looking forward to downloading the next one! Thank you...
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