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Monsoon

by Smith, Wilbur A.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
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Summary
One man. Three sons. A powerful destiny waiting to unfold.
Monsoon is the sweeping epic that continues the saga begun in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Birds of Prey. Once a voracious adventurer, it has been many years since Hal Courtney has dared the high seas. Now he must return with three of his sons - Tom, Dorian, and Guy - to protect the East India Trading Company from looting pirates, in exchange for half of the fortune he recovers.
It will be a death or glory mission in the name of the crown. But Hal must also think about the fates of his sons. Like their father before them, Tom, Dorian, and Guy are drawn inexorably to Africa. When fate decrees that they must all leave England forever, they set said for the dark, unexplored continent, seduced by the allure and mystery of this new, magnificent, but savage land. All will have a crucial part to play in shaping the Courtneys' destiny, as the family vies for a prize beyond any of their dreams.
In a story of anger and passion, peace and war, Wilbur Smith evinces himself at the height of his storytelling powers. Set at the dawn of eighteenth-century England, with the Courtneys riding wind-tossed seas toward Arabia and Africa, Monsoon is an exhilarating adventure pitting brother against brother, man against sea, and good against evil.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this sequel to Birds of Prey (1997), Hal Courtney is enlisted to stop a pirate who is looting ships on the high seas near Africa. The challenge returns him to an adventurer's life, though he is now the father of four children: three adolescent boys and a newly married young man. A vitriolic sibling rivalry prompts Courtney to take the boys on the adventure, leaving his considerable estate in the hands of William to manage. Because of the British custom of primogeniture, William is in line to inherit the family fortune. Courtney knows the others will be left to seek their own fortunes. Tom is up to the challenge, with a vigorous ego and intelligence, he is an adventurer by nature. His twin, Guy, is less vigorous and venturesome, but no less ambitious. Dorian is a boy of 12 who has a daring spirit but is much in need of guidance. A jealous rivalry for the affections of a passenger, Caroline, traveling with her family aboard the Courtney ship, eventually separates Guy and Tom, as Guy chooses a deskbound life and eventually finagles an arranged marriage. Tom and Dorian continue with their father in a quest that ends in the kidnapping of Dorian by Arabs. Courtney risks his life in a failed rescue attempt. When William declines to finance the quest to save Dorian, Tom is on his own in a tortuous struggle that ends with him killing his older brother and fleeing England. Readers who love swashbucklers will enjoy this book. --Vanessa Bush"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tenth in the swashbuckling saga of the bold and adventuresome Courtneys, this epic sequel to Birds of Prey finds Sir Hal Courtney and his sons up to their bloody sword arms in piracy, intrigue, treachery and civil war in late 17th and early 18th century East Africa and Arabia. Once again the veteran author creates a masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, arid deserts and steaming jungles. Wealthy English landowner Sir Hal earned his fortune as a sea captain with the East India Company. To protect his overseas investments, he becomes a privateer to combat Arab pirates attacking company ships from bases in Zanzibar and Madagascar. Accompanied by three of his four sons, Sir Hal embarks on a desperate voyage that will bring either glory and treasure or ruin. Sir Hal is a skilled leader and a good father, but his sons are a mixed lot, bitter rivals in love and war. William, the eldest son, left in charge of the English estate, is a greedy blackguard and a brutal poltroon. Tom is a fearless leader while his twin brother, Guy, is a bitter and vengeful schemer. Young Dorian, captured by the Arabs and raised as a Muslim, is resourceful and cunning. Sir Hals voyage brings the Courtney family both wealth and catastrophe. One son is murdered, another becomes a fugitive, a third an abusive betrayer and the fourth is abandoned and forlorn. Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail attend the siblings adventures as they battle pirates, slavers, assassins, their own government and each other. A smooth blend of adventure and romance, the novel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas. (May) (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 Brothers -- Fiction.
Africa -- Discovery and exploration -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,1999
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes "Thomas Dunne books."
Sequel to: Birds of prey.
Description 613 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 031220339X
0312971540 (pbk.)
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