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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447221710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447221715
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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"You can get lost in Wilbur Smith...with his swashbuckling novels of Africa."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" ""

" You can get lost in Wilbur Smith... with his swashbuckling novels of Africa." -- Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" ""

"You can get lost in Wilbur Smith with his swashbuckling novels of Africa."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" ""

Praise for "Burning Shore"

'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.' - "The Sunday Times"

'Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.' - "Evening Standard"

'A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements' - "The Scotsman"

' Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.' - "The Guardian"

'An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa' - "Today"

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Praise for Wilbur Smith

"Smith is a master." --"Publishers Weekly"

"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World

""A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa World"

"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." --"The Times" (UK)
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World"

"The world's leading adventure writer." --"Daily Express" (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times"

"Smith is a captivating storyteller." --"The Orlando Sentinel"

"No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror" (UK)

"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times"

'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.' - "The Sunday Times"

'Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.' - "Evening Standard"

'A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements' - "The Scotsman"

' Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.' - "The Guardian"

'An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa' - "Today"

""

'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.' - "The Sunday Times"

'Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.' - "Evening Standard"

'A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements' - "The Scotsman"

'Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.' - "The Guardian"

'An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa' - "Today"

Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on. "The Sunday Times"

Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act. "Evening Standard"

A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements. "The Scotsman"

Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan. "The Guardian"

An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa. "Today"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today . . . Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa' Today

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This is another work of art by Smith. It's a historical adventure like his other novels I have read, with the usual coloring of romance. This novel is however a little different from Smith's others, in that far from the usual plot of people going on missions to discover African treasures, this novel is about a woman who has had, and lost. She had wealth and a good family, and lost it all. She knew love, and lost that too. In the face of all this and as if this is not enough, she suddenly finds herself in a strange land and amongst strange people. Simply existing in this new land is a struggle. As we go through this ordeal with Centaine de Thiry, we find ourselves more riveted as the chapters go by, and we find ourselves learning more about this "dark" continent called Africa. Smith's novels do more than entertain, they educate, and this is what makes them literary genius. This one is no exception.
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A real epic! Wilbur Smith - an amazing story teller with indepth knowledge and fantastic powers of description. You must read this book!
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I love this book as it moves at a great pace, changing continents and personnel as fast as a play
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This is a fast-paced story which contrasts the fierce fight for survival as a pilot in the first world war with the battle to stay alive in the heat of the African desert. Wilbur Smith writes with authority and leaves the reader wanting more.
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This is the 4th Courtney novel, and we learn of how Michael passed (nearly made blub!!) and the amazing series of events that was to follow. What surprised me most is how different this book was to the previous Courtney books and somehow it seems to be all the better for it.
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Once again I am over-awed at Mr Smiths ability to get us caught up in another fantastic Courtney saga. I started years ago with When The Lion Feeds when the young Sean and Garrick Courtney first made their mark on this vast and beautiful land and I have been following them ever since.This particular one I had in book form and at a hefty 632 pages it's quite a mission to hold in your hands so I have to say how thankful I am that they are now available on Kindle!

Wilbur Smith, a true icon of his beloved South Africa and beyond (Rhodesia in particular) and days gone by when quick easy money was to be made either in the gold mines or the diamond fields if you had the strength and conviction to carry on (many not able to and were ruined beyond repair). Along the way the wild-life was just teeming and Smith's books convey the sights, smells and sounds of this country through his many novels.

I lived in South Africa for 35 years so these books are especially poignant to me and I thrill every time I start to read one. His early books are by far the best and I can't recommend them highly enough. Even if you are not a fan of South Africa the books are still told by a master story teller.

Sure there is a lot of poetic licence as in this book, The Burning Shore but surely that's what story-telling is all about...the ability to weave a damn good yarn and Mr Smith certainly has that talent!

Do yourself a favor and READ the series, you will NOT be sorry.

Thank you Wlibur for another excellent read.
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