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Wilbur Smith - Author

About the Author

Wilbur Smith (1933-2021 was a worldwide phenomenon. His readership has built up over fifty-five years of writing. Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over forty global bestsellers, including the Courtney Series, the Ballantyne Series, the Egyptian Series, the Hector Cross Series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide.

The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur's passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation's flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.  

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Assegai The Courtney Series 13

Assegai The Courtney Series 13

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

An action-packed Courtney Series novel from the master of adventure fiction. From directly overhead he heard the loud flapping of heavy wings and another vulture rose from beyond the screen of banana plants. Leon felt the chill of dread. If the brutes are settling that means there's meat lying out there, dead meat. King and Country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach. Leon finds himself falling for Von Meerbach's beautiful mistress, but never forgets that his real mission is to destroy the enemy. But how easy will he find his task when his true enemy is closer to home than Leon ever expected? A Courtney Series adventure - Book 1 in the Assegai sequence. Look out for the next epic adventure in the Assegai Series, Legacy of War. Coming April 2021.

A Sparrow Falls The Courtney Series 3

A Sparrow Falls The Courtney Series 3

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Mark picked the weapon off the rack and the shape and feel of it brought memories crowding back. He thrust them aside. He would need a rifle where he was going. A father builds. A son destroys. General Sean Courtney returns from the horrors of the Great War in France, his mind on his heirs and his legacy. He is watching three potential successors: his beautiful but spoiled daughter, Storm. His corrupt, disgraced son Dirk. And his new young assistant, Mark Anders, a fellow survivor of the trenches. Mark finds himself trapped between Sean's two children, shaped by an impossible love for Storm, and a victim of Dirk's ongoing hatred, greed and jealousy. With all Sean's experience of war and family, can he protect Mark - and everything Sean has ever stood for? A Courtney series adventure - Book 3 in the When the Lion Feeds trilogy

Elephant Song

Elephant Song

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

'The poachers that come across this side are organised and better armed than we are. They shoot to kill - men as well as elephants and rhino. We have been forced to do the same. If we run into a band of poachers, we shoot first.' Who sings for the lost country? Dr Daniel Armstrong, ecologist and documentary maker, has dedicated his life to protecting Africa's animals and rainforests. But when a gang of poachers murders his childhood friend, Chief Warden of the National Park, and steals the government-protected ivory stores, Daniel's quest of passion becomes one of revenge. As he calls on his expert knowledge and insider connections to investigate who ordered the savage killing, he will discover much worse than simple murder. There is a greed and corruption devastating the country, a greed which views every person and animal as something to make the rich even richer. Can Daniel save the place he loves from such a powerful, destructive hand?

Shout at the Devil

Shout at the Devil

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

For the first time they confronted each other. These two who had played murderous hide-and-seek for three long years across ten thousand square miles of bush. 'Ja!' Fleischer's jubilant bellow as he swung and sighted the pistol at the man in the water below him. This time! aiming carefully, steadying the Luger with both hands. The hunt is on . . . for revenge. Flynn Patrick O'Flynn is an Irish-American poacher and con man who has spent the last few years taunting the military commander Herman Fleischer in the jungles of German East Africa. When young Sebastian Oldsmith joins O'Flynn as aide and apprentice, he's eager to follow in his footsteps. But as the world changes in the shadow of the Great War, Fleischer takes terrible action against the two men. Driven by revenge and fury, Oldsmith and O'Flynn join the British naval forces in order to destroy the Germans, and a shocking plan is formed. Can two of Africa's greatest hunters bring down one of the greatest battleships in the world? A thrilling World War One adventure novel from global bestseller Wilbur Smith

Wild Justice

Wild Justice

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The blonde girl held up her left hand and showed him the shiny grey egg. 'This is a special grenade, designed for killing the occupants of a battle tank,' she said quietly. 'It could blow the fuselage of this aircraft open like a paper bag or kill, by concussion, any human being within fifty yards.' She watched their faces, saw the fear bloom like an evil flower. One man wants to rule the world. One man needs to stop him. A passenger plane bound for London is taken hostage by the Action Commando for Human Rights. The passengers' only hope is Peter Stride, leader of Thor Command, who uncovers the real leader of this operation, a shadowy figure known only as Caliph with plans as mysterious as they are violent. When Thor Command obtains evidence that Caliph has agents in almost every country, and is behind nearly all of the recent major terrorist activity, Peter understands that no one close to him is safe. But he also learns Caliph's ultimate, terrifying goal: control of the entire world. Is Peter capable of doing what it takes to stop Caliph - once and for all?

Warlock The Egyptian Series 3

Warlock The Egyptian Series 3

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Even before he could move, the full realisation of what confronted him blazed in the Pharaoh's mind. This was the foul and loathsome thing that Taita, with his clairvoyant powers, had smelt in the air. The light was strong enough for him to make out every detail of the enemy he had loved as a friend. The magic of the gods. The treachery of man. In his long life, Taita has gone from slave to warlock, and now his wisdom and abilities are known throughout the kingdom. But even his immense skills cannot protect those close to him from the evil that lurks at the heart of Egypt: Lord Naja, self-proclaimed Regent until the Prince comes of age. Taita must summon all of his formidable gifts to protect the true ruler, the young prince Nefer - grandson of Queen Lostris. As enemy forces join together to bring destruction to the whole land, it is no longer a matter of simple magic. To defeat the false Pharaohs, the gods and armies must share their powers with a mortal warlock . . . The third book in the epic Egyptian Series

When the Lion Feeds The Courtney Series 1

When the Lion Feeds The Courtney Series 1

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

'What is it?' Sean felt the first tingle of alarm. 'N'yoni', said Mbejane softly and Sean saw them. A dark pall, still so far off that they could not distinguish the individual birds: only a shadow, a thin dark shadow in the sky. Watching it Sean was suddenly cold in the hot noonday sun. He started to run. Brothers by birth. Enemies by blood. Natal, 1860; the Courtney twins are born. Heirs to their father's fortune, destiny divides the boys from the start - Garrick is eager to stay indoors with a book and escape the hardships of cattle-rearing, while Sean, strong and much-loved, wants to try his hand at everything. When Garrick is forced to take ownership of their farm, Sean must explore the opportunities awaiting him: the rush and horrors of the Zulu Wars, the women who will fall for his charms, the rise and fall of gold fever and the deadly thrills of big game hunting on the African plains. But will Sean's adventures really be his making - and at what ultimate cost . . . ? A Courtney Series adventure - Book 1 in the When the Lion Feeds trilogy

The Sound of Thunder The Courtney Series 2

The Sound of Thunder The Courtney Series 2

Author: Wilbur Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

In the same way Sean saw it coming, he recognised it as the murderous rage which before had nearly killed a man, but still he could not prepare himself. And then it was upon him and the roaring filled his head. Some will win. And some will lose. Sean Courtney returns from the African wilds to find war has been declared between the British Empire and the Transvaal Republic. Not only that, but a rivalry is growing between the cruel, obsessive son who bears his name, and his elder, secret son, whom he cherishes deeply. The Boer War will take from Sean, in both blood and gold, but the conflict and its consequences will also offer him everything a man could want. Sean must now decide: with both sons in his life, is he willing to pay the price he needs to keep them? A Courtney Series adventure - Book 2 in the When the Lion Feeds trilogy

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