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  • It is a fantastic reading experience with the only low point being a touch of long-windedness, and it falls short for reader's looking for a fast paced read

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      Monsoon, one of twelve Wilbur Smith novels in the widely-followed Courtney series, catapults us back to days of the powerful Dutch East India shipping company. Set in the days when piracy didn’t mean illegal optical media copying but instead sailors with cutlasses and eye-patches plundering ships for booty and it’s troubled times for the mighty East India Company as the company suffers huge losses through piracy and share prices plummet.

      Captain Hal Courtney is sent by His Majesty’s King William of the time to


      find and seize the most dangerous and commanding buccaneer, the mighty Muslim pirate Al-Auf.

      Hal’s dangerous journey by ship from England past the Cape of Good Hope close to the islands surrounding Madagascar, where Al-Auf’s lair is situated, followed by the chain of events that take place ultimately result in Smith delivering yet another thoroughly enjoyable page-turner.

      Nine hundred pages crammed with thrilling adventure, exotic locations, breath taking sceneries and scintillating sword fighting battles produces a winning formula and delivers a more than worthy ...


      • addition to the high quality Courtney novels.

        Monsoon highlights Smith’s extensive knowledge of his home continent of Africa, and he displays his dept of native knowledge and African traditions extravagantly when describing the Herculean tasks of elephant hunting and gold dust mining in the days when musket and spear were the only form of weaponry available.

        The art of shipping and navigation, musket shooting with powder and shot as well as the immaculate skill of fighting sword to sword are exuberantly featured and accurately

        described throughout this riveting thriller.

        The thinking behind feigning and thrusting in a sword fight inducing psychological warfare between swordsmen is well articulated and can be applied to real life situations with careful thought.

        It is a fantastic reading experience with the only low point being a touch of long-windedness, and it falls short for reader’s looking for a fast paced read.

        It is a story of anger, passion, peace and war.

        Action, romance and adventure shape the destiny of a family as they pursue prize and wealth beyond any of their dreams.




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