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The Resource Assegai, Wilbur Smith

Assegai, Wilbur Smith

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Assegai
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Assegai
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Wilbur Smith
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eng
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On the eve of the World War I, ex-soldier turned professional hunter Leon Courtney is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients, Count Otto von Meerbach, and soon finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach's plan to wipe out the British forces in Africa
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  • Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in 1964 with When the Lion Feeds . In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies’ man and former lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles, becomes a professional big game hunter and safari guide in the years leading up to WWI. Among his clients are Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Teddy Roosevelt, and a spoiled German princess who is fond of the whip. The story really doesn’t kick into gear until halfway through, on the eve of war, when Courtney’s uncle, Brig. Gen. Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, asks him to spy on his newest client, Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist with a secret agenda. Courtney also begins an affair with Otto’s mistress, Eva, who has a secret life of her own. Will Courtney defeat Otto’s dastardly scheme and rescue Eva? Though the outcome is never in doubt, Smith manages to serve up adventure, history and melodrama in one thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by series fans. (May) --Staff (Reviewed February 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 7, p103)
  • The world is on the brink of World War I in Smith's epic of the Dark Continent. Big-game hunter and British army reserve officer Leon Courtney (of the Courtney family, last depicted by Smith in The Triumph of the Sun ) also spies for the British in this graphic, colorful, and vivid novel of intrigue, romance, and violence. In short, Smith is up to his usual exciting stuff. A brutish German nobleman, Count von Meerbach plans to incite hard-line Boers to rebel against England; Courtney tries to stop it and, along the way, falls in love with Meerbach's beautiful mistress, who is also more than she appears to be. Africa in 1913 was a cruel and often brutal land but one of exquisite beauty, and Smith describes it in great detail. He is deeply sympathetic to the native peoples and their dealings with Europeans. Although sometimes overly florid when it comes to the language of romance, Smith here delivers for fans of good, action-filled historical fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/09.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI --Robert Conroy (Reviewed April 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 7, p88)
  • Smith (The Quest, 2007, etc.) delivers plenty of the usual high-pitched adventure and old-fashioned prose in his latest addition to the interminable Courtney family saga. The regressive hero carrying the day this go-round is Leon Courtney, a neophyte hunter in British East Africa grappling with politics, intrigue and the local fauna. Court-martialed in 1906 over a botched assault on a tribal war party, the 19-year-old second lieutenant resigns his commission to throw in with veteran elephant hunter Percy Phillips. Simultaneously, Courtney's uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, who commands local British forces, surreptitiously assigns his nephew to keep an eye on German settlers to the south. Much of the book's first half is occupied by yet another epic safari. This time, Courtney accompanies popular U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt and his discouraged son Kermit; Smith does his best work in describing the party's encounters with rampaging elephants and great-maned lions. Things slow down considerably in the second half, which finds Leon assigned to spy on Count Otto Von Meerbach, a German industrialist embroiled in a scheme to smuggle war funds via the titular airship. The action sequences are straightforward enough, but the hoary tales of the Courtneys are about as contemporary as an H. Rider Haggard novel, and it's hard to get past those pitfalls. The book's racist caricatures ("Some like chocolate—but I prefer vanilla," Von Meerbach sneers) and Courtney's stereotypically immodest conquests, among them an Irish widow, a murderous German princess and Von Meerbach's mistress, make James Bond look like a model of political correctness by comparison. Lions, hunters, dirigibles and wanton women don't necessarily mean something for everyone. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2009)
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304561
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Smith, Wilbur A
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823/.914
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maps
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no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Courtney novels
Series volume
0012
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  • British
  • Hunting guides
  • Germans
  • Safaris
  • British
  • Germans
  • Hunting guides
  • Safaris
  • Africa, East
  • Africa, East
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Assegai, Wilbur Smith
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Map on endpapers
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
735063
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9780312567248
Lccn
2009001383
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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color map
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  • (Sirsi) i9780312567248
  • (OCoLC)262885845
Label
Assegai, Wilbur Smith
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
735063
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9780312567248
Lccn
2009001383
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312567248
  • (OCoLC)262885845

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