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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447221702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447221708
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,675 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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"Fans will not be disappointed."--"Booklist" ""Triumph of the Sun" is everything [Smith's] fans have come to expect: masterful storytelling and breathtaking adventure...chalk up another winner."--"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) "Espionage, disguise, stabbings in the dark...a story that is--like the Nile itself--swift and powerful."--"Booklist""""Nobody does it better."--"Kirkus Reviews""""Wildly entertaining, compulsively readable."--Sunday Telegraph (UK) --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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.

Find out more about Wilbur Smith by looking at his author website, www.wilbursmithbooks.com


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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellant book about the siege of Khartoum and features a Courtney (Ryder, the uncle of Sean and Garrick) and a Ballantyne (Penrod). This does not follow directly from 'Blue Horizon' the last Courtney novel but is in fact a stand alone novel that takes place at the same time as 'When the Lion Feeds' and 'The Sound of Thunder'. Although Ryder and Penrod are joint 'leads' of the story Penrod gets the stronger personal story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was dreading reaching the end. There is one shocking part that hit me like a physical shot when I read it, I was expecting something bad to happen but not that bad. All I can do now is wait 1 or 2 years for the next Wilbur Smith novel and see where he takes us I'm hoping for a follow on from either 'Blue Horizon' or 'The Golden Fox'.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By "shantnwcubed" on 30 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love Wilbur Smith, and I have been waiting for this new book for so long, so it almost seems a shame that I got it and immediately read it....what do I do now - wait until the next book comes out in two years time? In this new book, the great fictional families from Smith's previous novels encounter each other for the first time - the Courtneys and the Ballantynes. It's almost as though these two families have been in a parallel existence for so long, and for readers of Smith (like me), the encounter of both families has been long awaited. It's difficult to write a review about this book without giving anything away, but I'll give you a thumbnail sketch: British businessman Ryder Courtney is trapped in the siege of Khartoum in 1884, along with a captain of the 10th Hussars (Penrod Ballantyne), the British consul and his three daughters. Against the fierce, graphic setting of the battle, there is this great story of survival, strength and determination.
There are also some great strong characters which seem to be making contemporary references about the world today; Mahdi, the mystic warlord seems to be a comment about the rise of Islam and the problems in the world today.
This is a great book, and although the characters are from the families of previous books, this is not a sequel to any of the books which came before, nor a continuation of any prior story. It seems as though Smith has brought a natural meeting point for the families and taken them upon a new journey, and not just taken the easy route by writing a sequel to Blue Horizon (though I would really like to see that myself).
If you're new to Smith, you might be better off reading a few of the previous books first before taking this one on, just so that you get a feel of what the families are about, but even if you don't, you will not regret buying this book. Thank you Wilbur Smith.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DL O. Donnell on 22 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
For those Wilbur Smith fans out there this is a book you will enjoy I think. It is not vintage Smith by any stretch of the imagination but instead is a largely enjoyable and very readable tale.
For first time Smith readers I suggest you start with a book like River God or Warlock and then progress to the Courtney and Ballantyne novels. You will not appreciate the flowing style and historical competence of his writing by reading this book first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
Wilbur Smith is well established as one of the top novelists writing what I would describe as good old adventure novels. I have not read all of Mr. Smith's offerings, but I have enjoyed very much the ones that have Egypt as their backdrop.

As I had just finished reading a factual book about the Sudan, I thought it would be interesting to read Wilbur Smith's slant on both the country and also the siege of Khartoum. This battle is the main background for the novel.

It is easy for the reader to get the feel that Mr. Smith is a seasoned writer with a string of very successful novels behind him. His confidence shows through in his writing style and also his knowledge of the subject he is writing about.

A Holy War has broken out in the Sudan. A war that has been precipitated by years of misrule from the Egyptian capital Cairo. The war is being co-ordinated by a new and fanatic religious leader the Madhi, the 'Expected One.'

Khartoum is under siege and three powerful men are fighting to survive. One of them, a British businessman Ryder Courtney has become trapped in the fighting, in which the British General, Charles Gordon is killed. The other two men are Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, as well as the British Consul, David Benbrook and his three beautiful daughters. They are among the hundreds of British subjects trapped in the conflict and their chances of getting out alive are not good . . .
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on 12 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
A page turner, May 9 2005

Reviewer: Sancho Mahle (Charlotte, USA) - See all my reviews

I consider Wilbur Smith as Africa's all time best writer or novelist. The Triumph of the Sun just goes to add to the accolades from his other bestselling novels. This great historical fiction is set in The Sudans when it was gripped by the rebellion against the ruling Egyptian Khedive and the British by The Madhi or "Expected One" who in 1881 deemed himself a religious prophet who Allah had chosen to purify the Islamic faith, a rebellion which saw the creation of a vast Islamic state from the Red Sea to Central Africa by preaching the omnipotence of the Qur'an, utilizing internal class struggles, and by successfully organizing his "ansar" or military.

Against the backdrop of the Mahdi's war that led to the capture of the Khartoum, the death of General Charles George Gordon and the temporary loss of British influence, are the figures from the Courtney and the Ballantyne families that featured in Wilbur Smith's other books, amazing characters that gave the historical fiction that spice that made this story so great.

To have a better feel of the story, I suggest you also read Wilbur Smith's other books such as "When the Lion Feeds", "Blue Horizon" etc. One thing I am sure is that whether this is your first Wilbur Smith novel or just another, you are certainly going to enjoy the story. Just like DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, the message in this novel resonates today.THE DIAMOND HUNTERS, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES also feature among the recent books I enjoyed that are set in Africa.
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