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Assegai

Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 13
Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
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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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Very enjoyable

Very enjoyable, have always avoided his books apart from Hector Cross. But found this to bo engrossing and couldn't put it down.

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A shame

I have read many Wilbur Smith books and have always found them to be well written and enjoyable so I was looking forward to listening to this one, unfortunately the narration was sub standard and almost intelligible in places so after about 90 minutes I gave up and returned the book.

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Only one problem

Voiceover was too bass and quiet in some parts so difficult to hear at times

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more of this great series about the Courtney famil

yet again Wibour Smith has proven his genius. A must read novel in the Courtney series.

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Wilbur Smith at his best

Really enjoyed listening to this story. So well narrated by Sean Barrett who made the story come to life. I’ve read many Wilbur Smith books, but this is my first audio of his. Would definitely recommend it.

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Assegai

A riveting tale from start to finish. Beautifully read Wilbur Smith at his very best.

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A slow burn

This is no edge of the seat story but a slow burn. It is important to remember although written in 2009 the style is of a few decades earlier.

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loved it.

loved it, Wilbur Smith is great writer especially when the Courtney family is involved. great

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Africa Oh Africa. ..

This was most enjoyable and easy to listen to. I will look out for next book in series. .

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Fantastic

Huge fan of Wilbur Smith, Assegai does not let you down, Audible is great even though its 2nd time I have read this novel 1st time being paper back

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  • peter
  • 28-03-20

ONE OF HIS BEST

I tried binge listening to Wilbur's various series but gave up after three because the soap operish quality of the storylines discouraged me. However of the three - and also in recollection of having read the same books years earlier - I think this is one of his best novels. It moves fast, contains real characters, doesn't limp along from one inevitable personal disaster to the next, and doesn't endlessly repeat the same formula.

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  • carol edwards
  • 04-11-19

Awesome!

fantastic read! Wilbur Smith is a phenomenal writer! I love the historical context of the book! I would recommend it to anyone !

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  • Rob Duke
  • 24-09-19

A good WS Tale

It is a treat to get more of our history, albeit a tad "embellished".Great story.

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  • JDD
  • 09-02-19

wow what an awesome story

Seems as though Wilbur Smith's books not only get better chronologically, but they also become more meaningful to me.

Assegai offers special twists, moving from the traditional war and battle stories to hunting with a bang. Boy does Smith deliver. This is honestly one of the best hunting and African novels I have read. Painting vivid pictures of hunting's particular excitement, but the description if Africa and safari are clear, memorable and accurate.

Everything written brings back my memories. THANK YOU