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War cry, Wilbur Smith and David Churchill

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War cry
Title
War cry
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Wilbur Smith and David Churchill
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eng
Summary
Saffron grew up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her father, businessman and war veteran Leon Courtney. Following a family tragedy, her thirst for knowledge and adventures leads her to England, where she finds herself inevitably drawn into the lead-up to World War II. Gerhard von Meerbach is the privileged younger brother of Konrad von Meerbach, heir to an industrial fortune, and vocal supporter of the Nazi Party. Gerhard's friendship with a Jewish man forces him to take a stand, and could cost him everything he holds dear. As Saffron and Gerhard's worlds collide, will there be more to unite them than tear them apart?
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  • Next in the New York Times best-selling Smith's most popular series in America, this work finds big-game hunter Leon Courtney raising daughter Saffron alone in 1920s Kenya after his wife's death. Spies and adventurers swirl through in the buildup to World War II, threatening their very survival. With a 100,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 20, p68)
  • Continuing Smith's Courtney family epic (Assegai, 2009, etc.), this novel focuses on big-game hunter Leon and his daughter, Saffron, during the post-World War I era, first on their great Kenya estate, Lusima, and then as they move toward the bloody fray that became World War II.It's an action-packed affair beginning in Africa with coltish young Saffron outdoing the boys on horseback, then attacking Saint Moritz's men-only Cresta Run skeleton-racing course, and ending with her manning a Vickers gun to protect the Greek nation's gold bullion reserves. The tale regularly shifts to Leon, too, but Saffron's adventures extend the Courtney legend, including when she falls in love with an "immediate, instinctive, animal passion" worthy of her clan. The attitude throughout is Old World British colonial, as is the dialogue. There's more than one reference to "the local peasantry." Saffron attends school in South Africa and Oxford. There she makes German friends who will lead to connections regarding her father's fortune and makes a disconcerting reacquaintance with his old enemies, the von Meerbach dynasty. As this story ends, Saffron is spotted by a mysterious older gentlemen connected to Britain's Special Operations Executive, while the man who stirred her animal passion is witness to the Babi Yar massacre. Meanwhile, Leon's been forced to helm the family's Cairo-based business, which is threatened by brother Frank's worship of Oswald Mosley. With cameo appearances by the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hitler, and Reinhard Heydrich and traveling everyplace from the Ritz in London to a Masai village, the story is wonderfully plotted, woven together by quick but not disconcerting cinematic shifts from scene to scene in a narrative that keeps the pages turning. Occasionally melodramatic, sometimes grandiloquent; those who liked Wouk's War and Remembrance will certainly enjoy this Smith saga.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10557188
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Wilbur A
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Churchill, David
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Courtney series
Series volume
0014
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  • Courtney family (Fictitious characters)
  • British
  • Hunting guides
  • British
  • Courtney family (Fictitious characters)
  • Hunting guides
  • Kenya
  • Kenya
  • Africa, East
Target audience
adult
Label
War cry, Wilbur Smith and David Churchill
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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
1794525
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
496 pages
Isbn
9780062276490
Lccn
2017003731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062276490
  • (OCoLC)952206837
Label
War cry, Wilbur Smith and David Churchill
Publication
Copyright
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
1794525
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
496 pages
Isbn
9780062276490
Lccn
2017003731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062276490
  • (OCoLC)952206837

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