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Summary

Shout at the Devil is a tense adventure novel from master of the genre Wilbur Smith, set during the outbreak of the First World War.  

'Now the seas were more awesome in their raging insanity. Each mountain of glassy grey rose high above the raft, shielding it for a few seconds from the whip of the wind, its crest blowing off like the plume of an Etruscan helmet, before it slid down, collapsing upon itself in the tumbling roar of breaking water.' 

In German East Africa on the eve of the First World War, two freebooting adventurers - one a flamboyant Irish American, the other an impeccable young Englishman - pit their wits against the gross German Commissioner from whose territory they are making their living as game hunters and ivory poachers. But the outbreak of war gives the signal for their private skirmishing to flare into a relentless vendetta pursued with devastating violence by land and sea, so that what begins as a comic escapade gives way to chilling horror.... 

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Great story

Having seen the film adaptation I could visualise the characters, although their description in the story stands alone. The book ends very differently to the film but it is a strong and complete ending.

My only niggle is with the voice for FPF. Somehow he ends up sounding more like Robert Newton as Long John Silver than as an Irish American.

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Repetition and Jeeves

After four hours of listening, I knew I couldn’t take another eight.

The same themes and ideas were repeating and the thought patterns of the two principal characters were coming at me yet another time. And I was only one third of the way through. Was there going to be any development? Another eight hours of listening posed a challenge to far.

Additionally, the words coming out of the mouth of Sebastian, sounded like a parody of P.G Woodhouse ‘Jeeves’. “ I say!”

I have now seen that the novel was written in 1968. No doubt this highly successful author has developed his skills since then.

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  • James R. Peters
  • 31-07-21

A FARCE

Wilbur Smith did himself a disservice writing this farce. Would have been a great story if written as one of his memorable African adventures.

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  • 11-07-21

Not the best Wilbur Smith story.

Wilbur Smith is my favorite author. The performance of the narrator was fantastic, but the story was weak. This was not what I am used to. The Egyptian and Courtney novels are much better developed.