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It was in Mexico that he first learnt how to exploit his extraordinary good looks and to develop his natural winning ways with women. By the age of 17 his companions had nicknamed him 'The Golden Fox', and his reputation as an irresistible lover was established.  

A country in conflict. A family torn apart. 

Isabella, Shasa Courtney's beloved daughter, enjoys all the freedoms London in the '60s can offer. So when a beautiful, charming man appears and sweeps her off her feet, why would she resist? But her lover is no simple admirer - he is Ramon de Santiago y Machado, a KGB operative known as Golden Fox, and his mission is to recruit her as an agent and uncover her father's secret business dealings.  

With this knowledge, Ramon and his comrades plan to end white rule in Africa, whatever the cost. Isabella must make a choice about who she will betray - her father and her country or her son and the man she loves.... 

A Courtney Series adventure - book 5 in the Burning Shore sequence.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Another great Courtney novel.....but!

Another great adventure story by Wilbur. Eight books into this series and I just wish there could be a bit of character variation. For example the females charachters all have "perfect breasts with rose coloured nipples that point at the moon". Just for once couldn't they have one tat bigger than the other with inverted nipples that Henry the Hoover couldn't rectify? The males are invariably "the most handsome man you have ever seen with golden hair and a stomach you can iron on". Couldn't They just for once have a bit of a beer belly and hair that stuck up at the back? They would be more relatable and we wouldn't think any less of them for it. The same descriptions for different characters get a bit samey.

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Another classic from Wilbur Smith

I literally couldn't put this down and finished it in 3 days. This is probably my second favourite of his books after Eagle in the Sky.

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Russian 'James Bond' International Thriller

Ramon epitomises a cruel charming spy who entraps Isabella in his web. The first time I read the book, I was frustrated with Isabella as it seemed she was helpless and a bit stupid in allowing Ramon to control her but when I listened to the audiobook, I fully understood the true extent of Ramon's ruthlessness. The reasons behind the Communist success in Africa was their ability to torture, kill and bribe the way through any opposition. Ramon is a Cuban so it was fascinating to see the effect of a relatively small nation on destroying large parts of Africa such as Ethiopia and Mozambique. I loved Wilbur's descriptions of London, Spain, Cuba and Russia which provided a welcome change from his classic Africa. The Communist red tide which systematically eliminated not just individuals but their entire families including children to destroy the human will was also used in other parts of the world like China and the killing fields of Cambodia. Ramon is a truly unforgettable character who will haunt your nightmares. This is a true Wilbur Classic and quite unique in its scope.

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Not Wilbur

Too much of a format. The old Wilbur knew how to keep you on the edge and tell a good story. This is not him

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Stunning brilliant as always!

a master craftsman of English literature, and so well delivered by Sean Barret. This book will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat. it is well worth following the whole of the Cortney series to glean the most from this rich story of a troubled and high-powered family.