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Blue horizon

by Smith, Wilbur A.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Fiction Fic SMITH
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Fic SMITH
Bethel Park Public Library Fiction FIC SMITH Wilbur
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC SMITH Wilbur
CLP - East Liberty Fiction Collection FICTION Smith, W
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Fiction Collection
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Smith,
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Fiction Collection
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC SMITH
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC SMITH
Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction SM
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Fiction
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Smi
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Collection  Adult Fiction
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction IN TRANSIT
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The "New York Times" bestselling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time returns with a pulse-pounding tale of danger, courage, and suspense.
Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled both vicious enemies and nature itself on the high seas, finally reaching the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh. Now, half a generation later, they are successful and contented: merchants and family men, prospering on the very edge of an immense and beautiful continent, Africa. In the tradition of Wilbur Smith's earlier bestseller, "Monsoon," this spellbinding new novel introduces the next generation of Courtneys. They are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, traveling along the infamous "Robbers' Road."
It is a journey both exciting and hazardous---one that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals. But the most dangerous predators of all are other Europeans, crazed by greed, jealousy, and lust, and determined to destroy utterly all members of the Courtney clan. This quest for vengeance results in a desperate chase---both on land and sea---that is one of the most extraordinary in modern literature.
"Blue Horizon" is a truly great adventure story, told by a master novelist at the height of his powers.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The eleventh volume in Smith's saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. In Monsoon (1999), brothers Tom and Dorian Courtney established themselves as both swashbuckling seamen and master tradesmen on the shores of South Africa. This time around, their sons, Jim and Mansur Courtney, are equally determined to carve out their own triumphs across the African continent. When Jim falls in love unexpectedly with a beautiful prisoner he spies on a convict ship, he vows to free her from her shackles and a life of certain misery. Escaping with the emotionally shattered and physically damaged Louisa, Jim flees cross country with both his beloved and his faithful manservant, Zama, in tow. Worried about their only son, Tom and Sarah Courtney pursue the young couple, eventually bestowing their family blessing upon them. Blazing a trail across Africa, Jim and Louisa traverse thousands of miles of unexplored wilderness, encountering risk, adventure, and passion along every step of their perilous journey into the unknown. Reuniting with Mansur, Jim and the rest of his expedition face mortal danger from an unexpected source. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance, this rip-roaring historical romp across eighteenth-century Africa will mesmerize faithful fans and win new converts to Smith's trademark brand of lushly exotic fiction. --Margaret Flanagan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Smith's latest Courtney family adventure (after Monsoon), set in colonial South Africa in the early 18th century, follows Jim Courtney, scion of the English shipping and adventuring family seeking their fortune in the Cape of Good Hope colony, administered by the Dutch. A storm at sea blows a ship full of female Dutch convicts into port, and Jim saves the life of the comeliest prisoner, Louisa, before the vessel sinks. Louisa was unjustly imprisoned when she went to the authorities about her lascivious and violent employer. Jim's rescue infuriates the greedy Dutch overlords, and the Courtneys, with Louisa in tow, head north in search of more hospitable territory. The balance of the long tale is elephant hunts, exploration of Indian sea islands, battles among native tribes and conflicts between principled colonialists-Jim and his father and brother-and their baser counterparts, including Jim's treacherous uncle and most of the Dutch population. The Courtneys are adored by various native peoples, and a Bushman tracker named Bakkat becomes their acolyte and guide, while his enemy, Xhia, takes orders from the Dutch. The eventual confrontation of the two Bushmen is gripping, if readers can get past the generally condescending way in which Smith writes about black Africans. Subtlety takes a back seat in this broad tale, and readers may be exhausted before they get to the end, but the writer's fans will enjoy the ride. (May) Forecast: Smith consistently hits #1 in the U.K. but not here, where he drifts onto national lists. This novel should repeat that pattern. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Smith, Wilbur A. Courtney series.
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 Courtney family (Fictitious characters) -- Fiction.
South Africa -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books,2003
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 620 pages ; 25 cm.
ISBN 0312278241 :
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