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Summary

The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family....

Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his Devonshire estate when his stepfather's gambling debts leave him penniless and at risk. He sails to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and Francis intends to avenge his death and make his fortune in the process. However, upon his arrival in Cape Town, he uncovers a truth that leaves him overwhelmed and disoriented.

Christopher Courtney sets out to make his own way in the world, giving up his privileged position as the son of the Governor of Bombay. The perils and betrayals on his journey carve a fierce warrior out of him, but they also harden his soul and lead him to greater violence and treachery. As the lives of these two Courtney men intertwine, the sins of the fathers will forever alter the lives of a younger generation.

The Tiger's Prey takes listeners on an epic journey from the southernmost point of Africa, through the perilous waters of the Arabian Sea, to the lush Indian coastline. It is an incredible and breathless tale of intrigue and family betrayal from one of the world's greatest storytellers.

©2017 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Rip roaring stuff

Enjoyed the whole story, well written and drew me into the tale, I have read all the Courtney tales so had all the background. Did not however think some of the graphic language used to describe the various love elements added anything to the story. I didn’t need to know about the mechanics of the lovemaking, not very Wilbur Smith in that respect.

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Good adventure story

Good intriguing story but too much head hopping for my taste with thoughts from different characters changing from one paragraph to the next. Well read.

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Superb

Back to glory with masterful storytelling and a wonderful, gripping tale! Loved it all. Great teamwork.

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Returns to a more classic Wilbur style

I’m a big fan of Wilbur. Some of his stories rank in my top ten fictional novels. That said, some of the latest stories have be slightly less gripping than his others. This tale is part of my favourite branch of the Courtney family tree, starting with Sir Francis and Hal Courtney in Birds of Prey. Perhaps this lays the groundwork for it to be good... It’s real swashbuckling stuff and moves at pace, from one frantic battle to another, underpinned by the previous family inter- generational feuds and the perspectives of the characters that disagree with each other. As the branches of the stories twists and turns and builds up to a powerful end. Though sometimes the fetes of survival are perhaps a little far fetched... the heroic bravery/honour and adventure is what you read it for! It’s well narrated and I enjoyed it, particularly on a four hour car journey! Reload your musket, and charge! You won’t be disappointed.

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It was brilliant!!

I thought the story was enthralling and it was also very well read. I listened to it whenever I could as I wanted to know what happened next.

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Swashbuckling adventure

This swashbuckling adventure gripped me hour after hour, story line flowed easily leaving me wanting more. Love the blow by blow action, intrigue and insight into another world and time. What’s not to like from Wilbur.

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Wilbur Smith never fails!

What did you like most about The Tiger's Prey?

A great book where Smith brings back the Courtney family covering Africa and India a great read!

What did you like best about this story?

The way it leaves you waiting with baited breath for the sequel

What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He gives the characters real personalities

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was ok

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struggled to stay awake ,the story was ok ,what I listened too

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confusing history

It would have been better if I had not read Blue Horizon first as history changed significantly. Still a good read though.

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A must

Excellent book could not stop myself from listening to this edge of the seat book

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Inconclusive, rushed ending leaving readers flat

The story progresses with minute lengthy detail in parts, but concluded in a flurry open-ended.