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The Triumph of the Sun

Courtney & Ballantyne, Book 12
Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
Series: Courtneys & Ballantynes, Book 1, Courtney, Book 12, The Ballantyne Series, Book 5
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Menace emanated from them as fiercely as the heat from the sun. Night and day, the drums never stopped, a constant reminder of the mortal threat that hung over them. She could hear them booming across the waters, like the heartbeat of the monster.  

An unimaginable enemy will bring them together.... 

In the burning heat of the Sudanese sun, the city of Khartoum is under siege from the fearsome forces of the Mahdi, the charismatic leader of those who tire of the brutal Egyptian government. In Khartoum, along with thousands of innocent citizens, are trapped the fanatical General Charles Gordon, intrepid soldier Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, English trader Ryder Courtney and the British consul and his three beautiful daughters.  

As rescue becomes increasingly unlikely, this group of Queen Victoria's loyal citizens must unite to prepare themselves against a nightmarish enemy, and for the savage battle to survive that must surely follow.... 

The Courtneys meet the Ballantynes in a sweeping adventure.

©2005 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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an amazing story epic wonderful

I love Wilbur Smith Novels and have just finished reading this book again 10 years after originally reading it. fantastic storytelling characters and plot. I would recommend this for any reader especially for people interested in British and African history. This is one of my favorite Wilbur smith novels and actually the first one i did read. A wonderful stand-alone book in his Courtney Ballentine series with a few mentions of other characters we may get to know in other books.One of his best novels and highly recommend.

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Overly long

I love a long story but my criticism of Wilbur Smith is that ,the stories are so long, that it is like reading two books, back to back. The history is very interesting I admit, in this case, the death of General Gordon at Khartoum at the hands of Islamic extremists and the routing of the Madhist forces at the battle of Omdurman seems to arrive earlier than it did in history. In fact it was 20 years later 1898. Again with Wilbur Smith the story is over long: I lost track of who was who and what was what! He is a good storyteller without doubt and brings to life the characters involved: His portrait of the enigmatic Gordon is spot on, a muscular Christian as he was described at the time virulently opposed to slavery in the Sudan. The Mahdi is the usual dillusional religious leader hell bent on wiping out "infidels" with his rag tag army of dervishes. After the fall of Khartoum the story becomes confusing and meandering between the fate of the survivors and the approaching nemesis at Omdurman. But Wilbur Smith is a cracking storyteller so if you want a long read then he is your man.

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i Courtney incontrano i Ballantyne

Wilbur Smith non smette di scrivere e di regalarci avventure che si dipanano tra guerre e romantiche storie. Questa corre veloce

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  • BB
  • 21-04-19

needs chapters

it's a struggle listening to this book, since it is not separated into sections or chapters

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  • Rob Duke
  • 09-07-19

A good story

The exploits of Penrod are somewhat "James Bond-like" where he is able to escape every time, just in the nick of time.
Would have liked more on the revenge side, but then we would place revenge above justice and mans' forgiveness of man.
I feel that the books take a long time to develop the characters and feelings and goes into great detail of minor events but almost race through the end leaving the reader with a bit of "Oh so all that for nothing?"
Otherwise the narrator could give more to pronounciation of the typical South African words - like Koppie Vereeniging, etc.
Keep going Wilbur - always a good read.