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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330505777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330505772
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,880 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.
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"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World""" "You can get lost in Wilbur Smith...with his swashbuckling novels."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" ""

About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 27 Aug 2009
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Well, the action certainly continues from where it was temporarily left at the end of the first book!

The author has skilfully woven a thrilling tale where every high and low experienced by the characters feels almost like a personal achievement or loss.

Deeply engrossing, you will soon find yourself cut off from the real world and majestically transported back in time to Southern Africa at the time of the Boer War. Putting this book down is a major irritation and inconvenience and I had to force myself to put it down on one occasion when the early hours of the new day were flying by!

War, romance, hunting, fighting, gambling, farming, politics; small threads which are interwoven yet help contribute towards this epic masterpiece.

If you enjoyed the first, you'll love this book.

If you haven't read any of Wilbur's books before, buy `When the Lion Feeds' you certainly won't regret it!
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By JPR on 1 Aug 2005
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Still new to Wilber Smith and enjoying his work enormously. If adventure is your thing then look no further than this guy. In his second novel we pick up a few years after where we left of in 'When the lion feeds' following spontaneous adventurer Sean Courtney. War is rife is South Africa and we travel with Sean into the Boer war. But soon we learn that a far more bitter battle lies ahead for our hero. A deep family hatred is there for all too see. The way Smith draws you into the story is something special, and you find it hard to put the book down. When something happens to the characters involved, you find yourself taking the punches as they take them. The way the book describes the African topology and climate will create a desire to explore the country yourself. It is easy to see why Smith is so highly rated. He is quite a brilliant writer. Emotional and heart-warming, a fantastic sequel, not to be ignored!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dad of 4 on 5 Jan 2014
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one of the most engaging story tellers out there, an excellent second book in the Sean Courtney trilogy. now onto the next one
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If you don't read Wilbur Smith it's about time you started... There are many books to read from over the years - just read them... start at when the lion feeds then the sound of thunder and after this a sparrow falls and move on from there ... This is the Courtney trilogy with more novels on this family to follow. Pictures in the mind, a great set of stories from which you will also learn a lot about South Africa ... Read on... There are so many good books to read..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Londoner on 29 Nov 2013
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Wonderful follow-up from 'When The Lion Feeds'. I didn't think the 2nd book in the trilogy of the Courtneys could be anywhere near as good, but I thought it was really a super read - time flies by with these books
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By Dave VINE VOICE on 16 Sep 2014
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Despite not being in chronological order Wilbur Smith recommends that the books are read in the order that they were written and so the books When the Lion Feeds (1964), The Sound of Thunder(1966) and A Sparrow Falls(1977) are the first 3 books in the first series of some of the Courtney family ranging from about the 1870's to 1970's. I do think that to get maximum pleasure these 3 books need to be read as a trilogy.

In this second book, The sound of Thunder, our hero Sean Courtney has finished fighting the Zulus and is now looking for somebody else to fight so he fights on the side of the British against the Boers even if some of the "enemy" are his fellow citizens.

Sean is eventually given his own command and comes to respect some of the Boers he has been fighting against and together they are instrumental in starting the process of forming South Africa.

Eventually Sean meets the love of his life and all he wants is to live in peace with his family but circumstances do not allow that and so more hatred and violence ensue because although the war may be over Sean is still beset with troubles mainly from his twin Garrick who has resented Sean all his life but now hates him with a vengeance and sets out to destroy Sean.

Another cracking read from Wilbur Smith in this second book of the Courtney's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glm on 3 Jun 2014
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Such great story telling. I was completely absorbed in the characters and plot, just as good as the first book if not better. If you're a Wilbur fan this will not disappoint you.
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Wilbur at his best. Re reading and filling in the missing pieces in my collection & for some reason missed this one first time around. Very happy that I now have this in the collection and read it twice nowas the first time reading was too quick to take in all the small detail, just wanted to follow Sean's advebtures. Second reading was so much better but I'm sure this will be reread again.
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