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  • Misc. Supplies
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (31 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860219373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860219375
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,615,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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""" TRIUMPH OF THE SUN ""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... fans will not be disappointed."--"Booklist"" ""Nobody does it better."--"Kirkus Reviews"" ""Wildly entertaining, compulsively readable."--Sunday Telegraph (UK) BLUE HORIZON"The eleventh volume in Smith's saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance."--"Booklist"" ""Really big retro-fun."--"Kirkus Reviews"" ""A swashbuckling, brawling, sprawling historical epic. Rich, exciting, and fascinating."--"Library Journal"" ""Adventure and danger at every turn."--"New York"" Daily News"" ""Gripping. The writer's fans will enjoy the ride."--"Publishers Weekly"" ""Master storyteller Smith takes his story into another generation of adventurers battling on the sea and on land in the settling of South Africa."--"Tulsa"" World"" ""Everything Smith's fans have come to expect from his epic adventure novels. His consummate skill at crafting vast battle scenes, passionate and wildly romantic characters, cruel and bloodthirsty villains, and larger-than-life heroes make "Blue Horizon" irresistible."--"Journal "(Flint, MI) WARLOCK"When it comes to historical fiction, Smith iswithout rival. He is a warlock of writers."--"Tulsa"" World"" ""Filled with enough action, adventure, battles, betrayals, and actual cliffhangers to satisfy Indiana Jones, Wilbur Smith's new novel "Warlock "is a rousing and worthy sequel to "River God,""--"The Plain Dealer" "Seamlessly composed, this epic historical drama by veteran author Smith tracks a power struggle in ancient Egypt between false pharaohs and a true royal heir, evoking the cruel glories and terrible torments of the era. Those willing to brave the blood and gore will be carried away by the sweep and pace of Smith's tale."-"Publishers Weekly"" ""Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read--until the next one. It's the same with "Warlock," Brilliant...irresistible and impossible to put down."--"Times Record News "(Wichita Falls, TX) "Those of you familiar with Smith's writing...can expect more of his signature brand of pulse-pounding, "Perils of Pauline"--style of adventure and excitement, with more blood and guts than a slaughterhouse."--"Tampa"" Tribune Times"" ""This summer's most entertaining read...another full-blown tale of war, intrigue, murder, lust, and true love set in ancient Egypt [this] is really the book Taita fans have been waiting for."--"Flint"" Journal" "Smith is at the top of his game in weaving exotic adventures in this work. Very highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "Smith...returns to the genre with this epic action tale of intrigue, suspense, and adventure set in ancient Egypt. His many fans will be clamoring for copies of this one."--"Booklist" "A stirring tale, full of chariot battles...Smith haswhipped up a heady brew...and undoubtedly deserves his immense popularity far more than most of his rivals."--"Evening Standard" (UK) "You can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to a cracking pace...["Warlock"] is a ripping yarn and a classic adventure story."--"Irish News" RIVER GOD"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."--"The ""Denver"" Post"" ""Vivid and fascinating...packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge...sprawling and absorbing...gripping.... A racy rampage through ancient Egypt that puts the reader right there with details that are intimate, inspiring, horrifying....The author makes you see it, hear it--even smell it...Fans will be happy to know Smith hasn't lost his touch for the dramatic, exotic adventure story."--"The ""Orlando"" Sentinel" "A page-turner...few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...his detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating."--"Anniston"" Star" (TX) "Smith tackles the elevated literary fields of ancient Egypt, and comes up with a full-blooded epic."--"The ""London"" Times" "Like a good action movie, the book ends with a show-down between the good guys and bad guys on the battlefield...well-written and entertaining."--"Lexington"" Herald-Leader" (KY) "Compulsively readable...contains intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action...rewarding and satisfying."--"El Paso"" Herald-Post" (TX) "An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."--"Tulsa"" World" "An epic novel of ancient Egypt, a great adventure with all the right ingredients: victories anddefeats, secrets and revelations, life and death, reverence and godlessness, hate and love"--"The Des Moines Register" "It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period.""--Booklist" "["River God"] gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish...Brightly colored, sweeping escapism."--"Kirkus Reviews" MONSOON"[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] non-stop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour...this is what makes a Smith book worth reading."-"Midwest"" Book Review" "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 wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates...breathtaking."-"Times Record News" "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 offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans."--"Library Journal" BIRDS OF PREY"Smith's novel is far more than your typical pirate script...A fascinating account...Smith deftly evokes not only the horrific but also the beautiful, particularly the lush landscape of Africa."--"The ""Washington"" Post Book World" "As usual, Smith...peoples his tale with unforgettable characters...swashbuckling and sensuous, "Birds of Prey" is not for the faint-hearted. Its bloodiest scenes are vivid and detailed--and so are hero Hal's romantic encounters. But, as with Smith's previous two best sellers, "River God" and "The Seventh Scroll," this latest epic transcends the average action-adventure yarn."--"The ""Orlando"" Sentinel" ""Birds of Prey" is a wonderful novel filled with excitement, pirates, and vivid sea battles...In short, it is vintage Wilbur Smith."--"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review

'Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together.' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Smith is a master.' (Publishers Weekly)

'One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.' (The Washington Post Book World)

'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.' (The Times)

'Mr. Smith is a natural story-teller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitement.' (The Scotsman) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Paperback
The first ever novel Wilber wrote, and the first Wilber book I have read. Recommended to me by my father I had doubts since I have never been one for adventure novels. This book has now changed everything. Normally i'm a slow reader, however, I finished 'When the lion feeds' in just 3 days. Putting the book down was simply not an option. As far as page turners go, this takes some beating!
Smith seems to have the ability to suck you into the story and as events unfold, you are drawn deeply to the characters involved. Split into 3 main parts, the story of Sean Courtney is one of courage and daring. The first section follows Sean and his brother Garrick as young boys. I thought it couldn't get any better...until I read the second section of the book where Sean meets 'Duff' who has to be one of the most incredible characters i've read about. When I came to the end of the second section, I was breathless. The third and final section of 'When the lion feeds' continues in the same vain and finishes with one of the most shocking and emotional endings you could imagine.
Possibly the best book i've ever read. Absolutely brilliant. Bring on the next tale in the Sean Courtney trilogy 'The sound of thunder'.
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If you have never read one of Wilbur Smith's novels, this is where you should start, as his marvellous adventures of the Courtney and Ballantyne families are chronological. Once you start to read, you will be transported into a cruel but beautiful Africa from where you will not want to return. Smiths novels do not get any better than this and its sequel, The Sound of Thunder, which you will be looking for even before you finish "the Lion", but most of his African adventures are as good. Apart from the Courtney and Ballantyne series, I really enjoyed The Sunbird, Eagle in the Sky and The Seventh Scroll.
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The book that hooked me on Wilbur Smith as well. Set in mid to late 19th Century South Africa, Smith's vivid descriptions of climate, country and people (both black and white) build a picture in the mind's eye that are as real as they are enduring. Many years after first reading it I can still pick it up, open it at any page and read contentedly for several hours. The sequel, The Sound of Thunder, is equally compelling.
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So many readers I know had raved about the Courtney series. I had read some of the later ones, but EVERYONE said When the Lion Feeds, The Sound of Thunder and A Sparrow Falls were the best of the best. I have to agree. I read all 3 books within a couple of weeks and began to feel I knew the Courtneys personally. The writing is so skillful and the descriptions of people and places (especially places) so magnificent and awe inspiring that I literally lived to read these books and when I had finished I actually felt bereft. The greatest compliment I can give any author. Buy these books, lock yourself away and immerse yourself in the incredible penmanship of Wilbur the Great.
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I really do love epic adventure stories. They are the ultimate form of escapism and Wilbur Smith is the greatest portrayer of that escapist atmosphere.
The story revolves around the Courtney family and this is the first in a series of sequels and prequels. Set in Southern Africa Smith manages to kneed in an accurate factual basis for this tale as he has done in his books since. The atmosphere really transports you back to what it was like at the dawn of the 19th century.
There is no doubt that Smith is a master storyteller and he develops his characters and settings with equal pace and skill and you end up reading the book fairly quickly and feel an apprehensive need to search out the next in the series to find out what becomes of the Courtneys.
Give it a go - beats going to these huge, effects-laden cinema extravaganzas which cost the same as the book and i can guarantee that it will change your outlook on adventure writing.
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This is a great book. When i was reading it I could imagine home again, Wilbur describes south africa to the T. The story line is great with unexpected turns in the tale. It is set in the late 1800's in natal south africa. It is about a family that deals with death and war. The book even gives details into how johannesburg was created. You dont have to be south african to understand this book because Wilbur explains everything and you will soon be wanting to go there. Read this book and all the related stories to this book, trust me.
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How happy I am that one cold, wet and windy day sitting bored out of my mind, round my grandparents house aged 17 that my grandad gave me his copy of this book. Untill this moment in time the only ones I had ever read were the ones I had to for school!

As soon as I had finished the first page I was hooked, the only time that day the book got put down was to eat dinner & that was under protest!

Smith's fantastic writing style and his descripitive powers are amazing, he brings every page in the book to life and you really do feel that you are living the story with him.

It may now be ten years since I first read this book but that hasn't stoped me re-reading it many times and each time it has been the same compelling read that it was the first time! I have since gone on to read all his works, but for me this still stands out as the best, surley this should go down as one of the great classics of all time.
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