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Summary

Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.

East African coast, 1670.

In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....

The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.

But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....

A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.

©2015 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." ( Daily Mirror)

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wow!

This is one of Wilbur Smith's best. A fabulous tale of seafaring courage, with the usual assortment of rouges, fighting, incarceration, and escape. brilliant writing, excellent narration, and a thoroughly engaging listen. I have listened to many of smith's books, and find the abridged versions significantly lacking, and so with this unabridged version you get the full force of his work. Highly recommended.

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gruesome storyline

Good story and you could imagine you were there but violent and disturbing themes of slavery and hell bent revenge

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Vintage Wilbur Smith

Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Lion to be better than the print version?

N/a

What did you like best about this story?

It was fast moving. The plot was good and he kept up the intrigue until the end. It ended with more to come.

What aspect of Sean Barrett’s performance might you have changed?

Sometimes his voice gets monotonous

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So what constitutes a pirate?

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not so good

Not a big fan of Mr Smith these days over the last few years his stories have unfortunately become very repetitive.

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hello

we'll another great book by a brilliant another and a brilliant store with a family link to other book s in this brilliant series

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it was hard to get in to

it was hard to get in to. but when you did its a good story full of action. the narrator is five stars.

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Good story and characters filled out as usual.

Wilbur was going on holiday and tied up the end suddenly. Exciting and engaging but the end needs more details.

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so so

enjoyable but not my sort of book. well read though. not too bad a book

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Smith back to his best

a great read, would love to know when this was written, the sequence of his stories would really benefit the readers understanding of WS writing and story telling would bring him to life for this fan in particular

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  • 30-01-21

Disappointing follow up

I listened to this because I enjoyed the prequel: "Birds of Prey" and a similar tale from Mr Smith: "A Falcon Flies". However, the author seems to have run out of ideas and it's a somewhat predictable tale following similar story lines to the first - damsel in distress, gets rescued, with lots of 'capture, torture and escape', etc...

Half way through the book, I started to lose interest in, Hal, the central character who comes across as a bit naive and, at one point, I hoped his slightly annoying 'woman' would be killed so we could get on with a decent plot - but it's all about the 'rescue' and there's very little else, of substance.

Several long sections draw out the story with no purpose - for example when the captured heroine escapes and encounters wild animals only to be recaptured! There is little point to this; other than the death of her companion, who was only, seemingly introduced to suffer this fate - that of a superfluous character.

Some characters (such as the Dutchman) could have been fleshed out into more complex people but they all seem to simply hang around the main 'rescue plot'. The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying but the book is saved by Sean Barrett's excellent narration - although even he must have cringed at some passages!

If there is a 3rd book, I shan't bother listening to it. Perhaps, once you've listened to a couple of Mr Smith's books set in Africa, you have listened to them all - the wild game encounters, landscape descriptions and plots, all seem very similar.

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Disappointing

What would have made Golden Lion better?

A less predictable plot and richer character development.

What could Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Barrett’s performances?

I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?