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Summary

A simple mission. A battle for their lives.  

It is 1667, and the war between the Dutch and the English continues apace. Sir Francis Courtney, his son Hal and their crew are carried around the southern tip of the African colonies by the good ship Lady Edwina, licensed to attack and seize the treasure-laden ships of the Dutch East India company. When they capture a Dutch trader and hold the passengers to ransom, Sir Francis hopes only for a good price and a small sense of satisfaction.  

But this is unlawful territory they sail in. An unexpected betrayal will mean the men on board will face greater peril than they have ever faced before - and many good men may never see home again.... 

A Courtney Series adventure - book 1 in the Birds of Prey trilogy.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Good story and narration but......

Typical Wilbur Smith, nice long story about goodies and baddies with a few worthwhile twists. BUT, I find Audible’s own titles frustrating because of the way they are produced. Chapters are so long they become un-navigable. Skip points have no numbering so you have to judge where you were when your listening was interrupted. I won't be buying any more of their productions as their competitors offer an easier read. I have tried to take this up with them but cannot get the point across.

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Excellent

This is Wilbur Smith at his best, the only thing I would say is check out the timeline of this series before starting them, Excellent performance by Sean Barrett

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Birds of Prey by Wilber Smith

Excellent version of a pirate adventure with a different interpretation.
Very well presented by the narrator.

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Great Epic story

Loved the story so detailed, really took me on a roller coaster on the open seas. So many twists and turns. I thought the narrator did a great job.

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Good

Difficult to follow at times. Enjoyed it anyway. l'm looking forward to the next one.

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A good yarn

I enjoyed this story. Good characters good storyline.I would recommend this book, I enjoyed it.

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hugely enjoyable adventure - one of the best.

love this story- it has everything. upstanding heroes, evil villains, stirring battles and breathtaking escapes. Definitely one of Wilbur Smith's best and brilliantly read.

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Properly the best ever way to fall asleep. Boring and droll.

The narration lacks any energy. I have little knowledge of the story as within a few minutes of listening I fall asleep.

Properly the worst narration ever. Lacks energy. Sounds like the reader is close to falling asleep or is bored.

The best story if can’t get to sleep, you soon will be snoozing.


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Good Effort

Enjoyed this one a lot more than others in the series, hopefully it will continue.

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No idea why but just could not connect with the story or characters. Loved many other of this author 's books so quite disappointed.

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  • 10-07-21

Outstanding. One of Wilbur Smith’s best

This book is filled with history and action on the Indian Ocean and on the coasts of Africa

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  • 19-05-21

Wilbur Smith never disappoints.

Captivating, action packed and well read. Never disappointed by Wilbur Smiths storytelling. Cant wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Thomas Frederick Mills
  • 22-01-21

Worth the time it took to tell this Adventure

Very well written, paints a Exciting story, Nice pace, good dialog, Hard to set down

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  • Johnny K
  • 26-10-20

Epic story

Wow, loved everything about it, can't wait to get to Monsoon the 2nd book is the 3rd Country series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

Absolutely thrilling.

Wonderfully written, expertly performed.

this is a masterpiece. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I've no other words sufficient to convey how absolutely wonderful and mesmerising this tale is, nor the artistry with which it was performed.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 03-01-20

Gripping tale of adventure in the 17th century

Excellent story as always and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys epic adventures. The novel unfolds over a course of several years and in many locations along the African coast with narrow escapes and action all the way.

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  • Jim H.
  • 16-12-19

Great story

Enjoy all of Smiths work. This story kept me intrigued for entire story. Keep writing.

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  • Dave59
  • 09-11-19

Bird's of Prey

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Great adventure from start to finish. Bring you back to pirates and talls ships

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  • N3QTRTME
  • 07-11-19

Narritation is wonderful

I didn’t really realize how wonderful a job Sean Barrett did on these books until things changed and I got a new narrator with the next book/audiobook. His pace and styling was exceptional, especially as it carried through the series.

Audiobook itself was a thrilling tale. The writing is entertaining, historically plausible (yeah, it IS fiction), well researched and honestly, a good story. Heck, I’ve been listening to about 15 audiobooks in this series... you think Gone With the Wind is a long book? NAH! If, like me, you want an epic series, this one certainly delivers. Wilbur Smith, I personally want to thank you for many, many, many enjoyable hours of your stories and insights into South Africa. I have a completely new view of that region based on these books.