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  • Assegai

  • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (449 ratings)

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Assegai

By: Wilbur Smith
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Summary

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 adventure - book 1 in the Assegai sequence.

©2009 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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excellent story

intregin story well written and performed good storyline and unexpected twists along the way.

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Not for me

As always Wilbur Smith knows how to tell a good store often surpassed only by the very talented narration of Sean Barratt.
The only problem I had with this book was that I hated to constantly hear about innocent animals being slaughtered by the great white hunter.
If the reader is happy to hear such stories then this is the book to read. I hate to criticise Wilbur Smith in any way but as I think most of his books are fantastic. It's just a mater of taste.
You can't please all of the people all the time but this auther usually succeeds so I am sorry to be picky.
As always the best narration I have ever heard so well done Sean Barrett.

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good listening

not my kind of usual listen, but really enjoyed it for a change, will try another !

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Good but not the best

I loved the book, as I do all his books, but this one wasn’t my favorite…definitely worth it though!

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Totally enjoyable. Now the next Wilbur Smith book

Superb.. Well narrated... As I said next adventure with wilbur Smith... Here we go again..

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It's just pure Wilbur Smith

If you like your Wilbur Smith books, in particular the hunting/action/romance/drama - you're going to love Assegai.

The story isn't just about the stabbing blade, its title flows symbolically throughout the story line from people to machines.

Set just before the start of World War 1 and the aftermath of the Boer War still looming large. Pro-British and Anti-British feelings are still there. Interesting slant on Germany's attempt to bring South Africa into the war on their side.

As always, it's like Sean Barrett was born to read Wilbur Smith - or Wilbur Smith wrote so Sean Barrett can narrate them.

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fantastic listen. whisked away in time.

A fabulous listen. Dreamy and wonderfully narrated. Lose yourself in a dreamy passage of time

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A brilliant read!

Another great book in the series and once again Sean Barrett makes it real.
Someone else narrated the last book and I couldn't finish it so it just goes to show what a narrator can do for a book.

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Fabulous

A Wilbur Smith classic, brought wonderfully to life by Sean Barrett, Now the Burning Shore

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Loved it!!!

One of my favourites!!! A good mix of a love story, history and adventure!And of course his beautiful description of East Africa!

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