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Birds of prey

by Smith, Wilbur A.

Format: Large Print 1997
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Large Print LP Smi
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP Smi
CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books SSB FICTION Smith, W CL 6147
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  SSB FICTION Smith, W CL 6147
CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books SSB FICTION Smith, W CL 6147
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  SSB FICTION Smith, W CL 6147
Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne Large Print LP F SMI
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP F SMI
A swashbuckling tale of high seas adventures by the "New York Times" bestselling author of 26 novels. 1667: In their fighting caravel, Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal patrol the seas near the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa, lying in wait for one of the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient. So begins a quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps these two buccaneers from the Cape of Good Hope to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Smith, author of the best-sellers River God (1994) and The Seventh Scroll (1995), offers another meticulously researched, exhaustive adventure saga in this, his latest novel. Set in 1667, the story follows the escapades of the infamous pirate Sir Francis Courteney and his son, Hal. After the Courteneys and their rough-hewn pirate crew raid a Dutch East India Company ship (in the name of the British crown), they are pursued from one end of the African coast to the other. During the chase, treacherous sea battles ensue, with gory deaths and gruesome shark and crocodile attacks thrown in for good measure. Eventually, the pirates are captured, and Sir Francis is executed, forcing young Hal to take over as leader. A swashbuckling, epic tale of love, deceit, bravery, and drama on the high seas, this book is filled with menacing pirates, honorable sea captains, treacherous and greedy men and women, and sea galleons loaded with treasure. Fans of Smith's previous work will not be disappointed. --Kathleen Hughes"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Swashbuckling adventures at sea and on land highlight Smith's latest (after The Seventh Scroll), a number-one bestseller in England that's likely to climb the charts here. Set along the African coast during the mid-1600s, this fierce and bloody yarn features Hal Courteney, a classic seafaring hero in the making. The young sailor has been raised under the stern tutelage of his father, Sir Francis Courteney, and the somewhat gentler guidance of his African-born mentor, Aboli. Word of a truce between England and Holland doesn't reach Sir Francis in time to prevent him from capturing a treasure-laden Dutch galleon. Falsely accused of piracy, the Corteneys soon have more enemies than they can handle, including the insatiable libertine Katinka van de Velde, who sets her sights on the Courteney charge. Hal's coming-of-age is predictably spiced with romance, sea battles, imprisonments, daring escapes and an exotic voyage from Southern Africa to the Red Sea; even buried treasure and the Holy Grail figure into the plot, as befits a tale of uncompromising good guys and their irredeemably evil enemies. Smith's depiction of the African coast, and of life aboard ship, is vivid and believable. He handles the action sequences well, opting for short, trenchant paragraphs to sustain momentum. After 27 novels, Smith knows what his readers want, and once again he delivers the goods. Major ad/promo. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Courtney Family Saga
Books 9, 10, 11, 14 are prequels to the rest of the series
#1 - When the lion feeds
#2 - The Sound of thunder
#3 - A Sparrow falls
#4 - The Burning shore
#5 - Power of the sword
#6 - Rage
#7 - Golden fox
#8 - A Time to die
#9 - Birds of prey
#10 - Monsoon
#11 - Blue horizon
#12 - The Triumph of the sun
#13 - Assegai
#14 - Golden lion
#15 - War cry
#16 - The Tiger's prey
#17 - Courtney's war
#18 - Ghost fire
Subjects Large type books.
Publisher Thorndike, Me. :Thorndike Press,1997
Language English
Description 968 pages (large print) : map ; 25 cm
ISBN 0786211903 (alk. paper)
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