- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (1 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330376799
- ISBN-13: 978-0330376792
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Monsoon Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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Before there was empire, there was trade, and military force to protect that trade. Wilbur Smith's new, full-blooded historical novel starts with the commissioning, by King William III of Sir Hal Franklin. Franklin's mission is to rid the Indian Ocean of the pirate known as al-Aouf, the Bad One, and tells us more than we knew about the East India trade, Channel smuggling, the Arab slave trade and the struggle to keep Oman free from the Ottoman Empire.
Smith's solid, competent prose does not always avoid the hackneyed, but effectively conveys both the heat of battle and the savoury smells of lands experienced for the first time. Hal Franklin has four sons and the complex tragedy of their relationships dominates the book as brother is pitted against brother in love, and war, and treachery. The plot, though, is only a part of what is important here; the Indian Ocean trade was the site of one of the great confrontations between the English-speaking world and Islam--a conflict, between the brash mariners with their shiny new guns and the long-established, scholarly, brave, pious rulers of Arabia and the East African coast. A conflict whose outcome was open to doubt.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Praise for "Monsoon"'Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience.' - "The Sunday Times"""'Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read.' - "The Daily Mail"""'His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked.' "- Belfast Telegraph" 'The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted.' - "Mail on Sunday" 'Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.' - "Kirkus Reviews"""'A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled.' -" San Francisco Chronicle"""'A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile.' -"Denver"" Post"""'An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.' - "Tulsa"" World""" "Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa"" World""""[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour... Wilbur Smith leaves fans feeling that they sailed alongside Sir Hal because the geography and the era appear so genuine. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading." -- "Midwest"" Book Review" "Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World """"Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans." - "Library Journal """"A masterful tale of action and suspense.... A smooth blend of adventure and romance, the novel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas."--"Publishers Weekly" "[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."--"Kirkus Reviews""""A wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Birds of Prey is the book that precedes this. It is worth reading that first. That is not a bad thing though, my second favourite book of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very long, almost 2 novels in one. But definitely worth the read. Great characterisation of the Dark Continent coming to lightPublished 3 months ago
One of the best books in the series exciting from start to the end can't wait to read the next one in the series.Published 5 months ago by Ade
One of Wilbur Smith's best books after a lion feeds in my opinion. This is such a great book to read.Published 6 months ago
Read many times always a good adventure.
The Courtney's is by far the best Wilbur smith series. Only wish there was more
I lose myself in these books, I really do.
Back in the early '80's I read my first Wilbur Smith book, and I've been a huge fan ever since. Read more
I found this a good read, holiday went too quick! Found it gripping and stirred the imagination of days gone by.Published 9 months ago by Benny