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Gordon's Last Stand?,
This review is from: The Triumph of the Sun: A Novel of African Adventure (The Courtneys) (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 . . .