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Publisher's Summary

A simple mission. A battle for their lives.  

It is 1667, and the war between the Dutch and the English continues apace. Sir Francis Courtney, his son Hal and their crew are carried around the southern tip of the African colonies by the good ship Lady Edwina, licensed to attack and seize the treasure-laden ships of the Dutch East India company. When they capture a Dutch trader and hold the passengers to ransom, Sir Francis hopes only for a good price and a small sense of satisfaction.  

But this is unlawful territory they sail in. An unexpected betrayal will mean the men on board will face greater peril than they have ever faced before - and many good men may never see home again.... 

A Courtney Series adventure - book 1 in the Birds of Prey trilogy.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A colonial epic adventure

Once again I am wowed by Smith’s mastery of tale and prose. This captivating epic delivers thrilling highs and crushing, even gruesome, lows.

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Great story, don’t give up with the early audio

The audio at the beginning is pretty poor (muffled and slurry) but then becomes clear and gets much, much better.

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Couldn’t finish

The narrator of this book speaks and reads under his breath, impossible to hear most of what he says. I listen to books while driving on highways for a living and this has been first time that I was unable to finish a book because I could not hear most of what was read.

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  • 2022-07-27

Birds of Prey

Captivating and entertaining. One of the best audiobooks, I have ever had a pleasure to listen to. Every sailor that sails the oceans should take up this book..

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  • Djrummy420
  • 2022-06-01

great read

this book takes you on a journey first with fracise then with hal great voyage great story

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  • Robert Adams
  • 2022-05-15

Wonderful flow of action

Great story teller of the sea, sky and human actions. Smith leads the reader through love, hate, and redemption.

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  • Kris
  • 2022-01-05

Fantastic Story for pirate lovers and adventurors

A vivid and wildly entertaining tale of pirates, treasure, honor, betrayal, and adventure off the African coast of the late Middle Ages.

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  • James R. Peters
  • 2021-07-10

Outstanding. One of Wilbur Smith’s best

This book is filled with history and action on the Indian Ocean and on the coasts of Africa

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  • 2021-05-19

Wilbur Smith never disappoints.

Captivating, action packed and well read. Never disappointed by Wilbur Smiths storytelling. Cant wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Thomas Frederick Mills
  • 2021-01-22

Worth the time it took to tell this Adventure

Very well written, paints a Exciting story, Nice pace, good dialog, Hard to set down

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  • Johnny K
  • 2020-10-26

Epic story

Wow, loved everything about it, can't wait to get to Monsoon the 2nd book is the 3rd Country series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-04

Absolutely thrilling.

Wonderfully written, expertly performed.

this is a masterpiece. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I've no other words sufficient to convey how absolutely wonderful and mesmerising this tale is, nor the artistry with which it was performed.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 2020-01-03

Gripping tale of adventure in the 17th century

Excellent story as always and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys epic adventures. The novel unfolds over a course of several years and in many locations along the African coast with narrow escapes and action all the way.