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Birds of Prey (Courtney Family Adventures) (original 1997; udgave 1998)

af Wilbur Smith (Forfatter)

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Roman om en jetpilots kr̆lighedsforhold til en ung jd̜inde, og de kriser de begge m ̄gennemg ̄da hun bliver blind og han senere bliver krb̜ling.
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Titel:Birds of Prey (Courtney Family Adventures)
Forfattere:Wilbur Smith (Forfatter)
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (1998), 672 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Letto probabilmente nel 1998 dopo IL DIO DEL FIUME - avventura storica ambientata nel Sud Africa del 1700 interessante la descrizione delle navi ( )
  PG0102 | Jul 24, 2021 |
Set in 1667 on board a ship off the African coast, Francis Courteney’s ship is fighting against the Dutch. It is his son, Hal, who is the hero of this epic novel. At the beginning Hal is a young man who sits at the look-out for hours; however, he soon grows up and has many adventures. The novel is brutal and blood thirsty as it moves around the coast of the African continent. There is treasure, sword fights, detail about how to light a cannon and beautiful women (in fact all the women are stunning). The wildlife is often dangerous when the action is on land with crocodiles and lions. Mostly, this novel is too long. It had a good tale of love and revenge at the heart of it and had it been a bit tighter could have been more enjoyable. This is the first Wilbur Smith I have read and it didn’t make me want to read more. ( )
  CarolKub | May 18, 2016 |
800 pages of sea battles, blood, guts, gore, people being eaten alive by animals, cruelty, unwashed bodies, gratuitous sex, torture. OMG, definitely not my type of book. Then how is it that I kept turning those pages. Obviously the skill of the story teller. Good thing there was also revenge and a happy ending. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Deemed "one of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers" by *The Washington Post*, bestselling author Wilbur Smith is at the height of his storytelling powers in *Birds of Prey*, a swashbuckling epic of adventure, intrigue and passion on the dangerous high seas of 1667.

As the choppy sea lanes of the African coast are rife with bloody battles over trade booty, Sir Francis Courteney and his 17-year-old son Hal embark on a seafaring quest for the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company. But soon the horrific torture and execution of the elder Courteney catapults Hal into the role of captain. And the heavy burden of avenging his father's death-- along with the lusty pleasures he shares with three beautiful women-- will swiftly, irrevocably transform Hal from boy to man...

Richly detailed, breathlessly plotted, and rich with the color of the time and place, *Birds of Prey* is an unforgettable saga that will transport you to one of the most fascinating, action-packed eras in world history.

### Amazon.com Review

Look up "classic adventure novel" in the dictionary and you'll find the strong and capable features of South Africa's own Wilbur Smith, who--in books as varied and enjoyable as *River God*, *The Seventh Scroll*, *When the Lion Feeds*, and *The Diamond Hunters*--displays an awesome storytelling ability. His latest is one of his best efforts: a richly detailed story of war and piracy on the high seas in 1667, 150 years before Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin books.

### From Library Journal

In 1667, Sir Francis Courteney commands his ship off the coast of Africa in England's war against the Dutch. He has groomed his son Hal to succeed him as captain. Birds of Prey chronicles Hal's swift and bloody passage to manhood after his father's torture and death at the hands of the Dutch. Escaping with the remaining crew, Hal makes his way overland to claim his father's hidden treasure and confront the treacherous English captain who betrayed them. Men are hacked apart in sword fights, blown to bits in shipboard battles, mauled by crocodiles, and more in this tale from the prolific author of such historical fare as The Seventh Scroll (LJ 4/15/95). Short on character development and tight plotting, this meandering escapist novel will be relished by those who enjoy swashbuckling tales with nonstop action. For popular collections.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
All the urine, pus, torture and swashbuckling a person should have to endure in a life time. This was my first and last Wulbur Smith. I wonder if he's ever met a woman who wasn't a saint or a sadist. I hear they do exist. ( )
1 stem Citizenjoyce | Jun 21, 2013 |
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