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Summary

'We are Courtneys. We don't have to fight with our fists. We fight with power and money and influence. Nobody can beat us on our own ground.'  

A powerful family. A time of war.  

Centaine de Thiry Courtney has not only survived but thrived. A successful woman with two sons of her own: Shasa Courtney, the Courtney heir, and Manfred de la Rey, Shasa's half brother, her secret child raised solely by his father. At the time of the Great Depression, Centaine must make difficult decisions to ensure the security of her family - decisions that will affect Manfred and his father, Lothar de la Rey, a man Centaine once loved.  

But the world is changing, and conflicts greater than any the world has seen before are looming. Centaine and her children must face the upcoming war - where not all of them will be on the same side.... 

A Courtney Series adventure - book 2 in the Burning Shore sequence.

©1986 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Great story telling

Both writer and narrator are excellent storytellers. great way to learn history. Wilbur Smiths ability ro describe the simplest detail is amazing.

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good old Wilbur

as good as story telling gets
can't wait for the next one next month maw

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Power of the 🗡️

Once again What an Amazing story. ....I have read a lot of The Courtney series and each one is as climactic as the rest ....Expertly narrated ... how wonderful the characters were narrated amazing job .......I'm eagerly waiting to listen now to the burning shores...also by The brilliant Wilbur Smith.....who never ceases to captivate and catapult me into a different world ..the world that was ........I am indebet to him and his wonderful team especially his Narrator Sean Barratt......10-10 🗡️

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fantastic and thoroughly engrossing.

what a fantastic listen. brilliantly read as you are lead through life in Africa for another Courtney saga. the narrator brings to life a wonderful story. captivating you in an amazing account of so many lives and aspects of life in Africa in the most turbulent of times. thank you. already downloaded Rage.

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  • David Butler
  • 21-06-21

The timelines continue

The timelines continue as the lives and past transgressions are slowly buried in the African sun. Many are the things we did as youths that now as older and wiser we would never do. The times, they are a changing-

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  • Cedar
  • 09-11-19

Another great book by Wilbur Smith

Once again really enjoyed this fiction as it lines up with south aftrican history and world war 2 era.

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  • 29-09-19

power of the sword

This was an exhilarating book that kept me interested until the last page. The history is believable and the action tight. I recommend it highly to everyone.

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  • lou
  • 15-06-19

Great Book

Wilbur Smith can sure weave a story! The narrator is outstanding! I have listened to the whole series and moving on to the most recent book "Rage" with great anticipation.

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  • 23-05-19

Good but not his best.

A little disjointed. More like a few short stories rather than one long one. Still good but he has set a high standard

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  • JDD
  • 28-02-19

Excellent series good book

My favorite series next to the Eg yptian series. some of the description of Africa are inspiring, but , as you get deeper in the series the books realm expands. so there are a lot of things and complexities yo track... pay attention.