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Summary

A Falcon Flies is the first best-selling novel in Wilbur Smith's epic tale of Africa, The Ballantyne Novels.  

In search of a father they barely remember, Zouga and Dr Robyn Ballantyne board Mungo St John's magnificent clipper to speed them to Africa. But long before they sight that mighty continent, Robyn knows that she and Mungo will battle with all the fury of natural enemies - and love with all the desperation of those unable to evade the commands of fate. For if she can bring hope and healing to Africa's fever-ridden shores, he, a lawless trader in human cargo, will possess any man - or woman - he chooses....

Set in 1860, this gripping tale is followed by Men of Men, The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in Darkness.

©1980 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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fantastic book well worth the money

fantastic book with a awesome story line. the only thing that let it down for me as was the narrator not been able to pronounce the South African words.

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Taste of time since past

Interesting and engaging with hints of excitement.,the passage of time has done little dilute the story

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a touch disappointing

not of the same calibre as the Courtney series. won't be listening to the next installment

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Simply the classic Wilbur Smith everyone loves

There are only positives about this book. It's the first of the Ballantyne novels and Wilbur gives it the ready with both barrels.

As he became famous for, his scene settings and ability to bring the reader into the period is unsurpassed.

Just listen to the audio book or read the paperback - classic.

Elliot Chapman is a master narrator.

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Not for me

The sexual tension between civil rights activist and slaver was a bit much for me.

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Another winner!

Wilbur Smith does it again, wonderfully descriptive story, full of varied characters and well performed by Elliot Chapman. The first in a series and the second is on my pod as I write.

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Riveting

The story is excellent and take me back to bygone days. It is such a Hugh pity that the narrator didn’t do his research and kept miss pronouncing African place names on the book. It’s a shame that effort is made for French words but not African words

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  • Michele Haines
  • 12-12-19

What A Writer

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband.
Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE!
***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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  • Tom Wood
  • 15-12-20

Cant stand narrator

I could not listen to this book. The narrator is too negative and whinny. The author seems as usual to be fascinated with sex. But I only was able to listen to an hour or so.

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  • JDD
  • 06-04-19

very good start to the series

As with the Courtney series, the era is of tall master ship, real men and adventure. I can not wait for the next book.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 14-01-19

Storytelling that makes you want to read more

Get ready for a good old African Safari in high gear. "A Falcon flies" is a gripping story with a number of interesting sub-stories that keeps the tale interesting and entices the reader to keep on listening chapter after chapter. The novel gives one wonderful insight into the challenges and daily life of African explorers in the 19th century with great detail and delightful adventure. The Narrator also makes for an easy and enjoyable listen.
Great Book!

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  • mya campbell
  • 20-10-21

Twists and turns

Wilbur Smith has again created one of his African adventures. Filled with excitement,variety and well you just never know what’s going to be around the next corner. One of his best.

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  • James R. Peters
  • 07-02-21

The beginnings of Rhodesia

An excellent story covering the slave trade and the exploration of the country that was Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe. Learn about the Matabele people and King Mzilikazi and his Nguni warriors.

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  • Wali lowe
  • 21-10-20

Again!

An amazing story that just pulls you in, the details and the way things are explained is like you've been there before....on to the next book !

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  • Rancher
  • 06-08-20

Interesting, educational and exciting.

It's a "meaty" yarn. It has plenty of adventure with strong characters who possess the courage and strength to explore the little known and very different country of Africa. It felt real. It was as if the writer had included me along as a member of the expedition.

Unlike some others who have commented, I found the narration to be quite good.

Some books cause you to "spend" your time listening or reading. This one felt more as if I were "investing" my time. I'm happy with my ROI i.e. return on investment. Likely you will be too. Enjoy your journey.

I've added Book 2 in this series to my library as well as Book 1 of another series written by Wilbur.

Cheers, Ken

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  • 09-04-20

Excellent but .....

Wilbur Smith usual excellence in story telling.. Too bad an actor who was completely off track on pronunciation was selected. I found his mispronunciation of words at times completely baffling, at times really comical but mostly very annoying. For something of this caliber one would expect the actor to have received help to rehearse this aspect. Having lived in South Africa much of my life I found myself stopping the rewinding to hear something again. I have no idea how anybody who never went or lived there would be able to follow much of it. I am now listing to the next in the series and it does not get any better.

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  • Michael
  • 28-09-19

WS Fan

Been waiting for years for this Audible unabridged series. one of the riveting story tellers.