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The Sound of Thunder (The Courtneys Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Wilbur Smith
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'Only once in his life had Sean met a man whose strength matched his own – and now, again, they were pitted against each other . . .'

Sean Courtney, impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds returns from the wildnerness a rich man – until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold and the girl he loves. A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld . . . This is the gripping second novel, in the Courtneys sequence.

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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" ""


    "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" ""

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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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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Disappoint 27 Aug. 2009
    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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    62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and moving. 1 Aug. 2005
    By JPR
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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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking read 16 Sept. 2014
    By Dave VINE VOICE
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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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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    By ChrisR
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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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Thunder 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 2 Nov. 2013
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    Wilbur Smith at his finest once again in the second part of the Courtney saga. Returning from years in the bushveld with his young son Dirk and Mbejane, his faithfully Zulu servant along with a load full of ivory, Sean is forced to surrender his wealth to the Boers when he finds that South Africa is at war with the English.

    As he makes his way through enemy lines he encounters the lovely Ruth who captures his heart but leaves again when she has the opportunity to head back to where her fiance is, only to leave Sean devastated.

    Through the battles of Colenso and Spion Kop we follow Sean as he takes on the Boers encountering his brother-in-law Paulus who has become a Boer general in the commando and his brother Garrick, whose vindictiveness knows no bounds as he thwarts Sean at every turn believing a lie told by Anna years before and his own jealousy.

    By twist of fate Sean finds he is to fight side by side with Ruth's now husband but vows to protect him no matter what as an act of selflessness to Ruth. When Sean is wounded and eventually de-mobbed, he returns home to start a whole new life seemingly without the woman he loves or does he? This is where I love Wilbur's sex scenes...simply there aren't any...everything is left to the imagination and that's how it should be!

    Just simply fabulous, Wilbur Smith does what so few authors fail to do and that is to spin one hell of a tale that keeps it's momentum right throughout the book. Capturing the sights, sounds and smells of Africa one can only dream of days gone by when life was so much simpler and every-one had a place and every-one knew his place. Sadly there were men who ruthlessly exploited the wealth of the continent to their own ends and to their eternal shame.

    Thank you again Wilbur, highly recommended.
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