The triumph of the sun

by Smith, Wilbur A.

Format: Book on CD 2005
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When Egypt rallies the regions warlords and prepares to besiege the Sudanese city of Khartoum, the British government sends troops in to protect its interests. Ryder Courtney is once such Briton trapped in the city. Joining him is Captain Penrod Ballantyne and David Benbrook. Together, the three men must fight for their honor and their lives.
From one of the world's most celebrated novelists comes an epic adventure set on the banks of the Nile in Khartoum, 1884
In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or "Expected One." The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the country.
Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman, Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum. It is here that he meets Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, as well as the British Consul, David Benbrook and his three beautiful daughters. Against the vivid and bloody backdrop of the siege of Khartoum, in which British General Charles George Gordon is killed and the British retreat, these three powerful men fight to survive. Rich with vibrant historical detail and infused with his inimitable powers of storytelling, THE TRIUMPH OF THE SUN is Wilbur Smith at his masterful best.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As popular as he is prolific, and as masterful a storyteller now as he has ever been, Smith once again visits Africa, the continent where he was born, the source of his inspiration, and the setting for his supremely adventuresome novels that make authentic and riveting use of history. He took readers to ancient Egypt in the marvelously wrought River God (1994), and now he returns there, this time in the late nineteenth century, at the apex of the British Empire. Smith bases this tightly woven narrative on an actual incident in British colonial history: the holy war conducted by a Sudanese man proclaiming himself the Mahdi, or savior, and his forces' siege of the British garrison at Khartoum, at the convergence of the White and Blue Nile in the Egyptian-held Sudan. Readers who appreciate World War II-era spy thrillers will enjoy this tale of espionage, disguise, and stabbings in the dark, as Smith deliciously elaborates on all the military and religious issues and events surrounding the siege. He marshals telling detail into a story that is--like the Nile itself--swift and powerful. --Brad Hooper Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in colonial Egypt at the end of Victoria's reign, this sweeping romantic epic reprises Smith regulars-scions of the Courteneys and Ballantynes. (The two fictional British families have provided character fodder for least half of Smith's 30 novels.) Bloodthirsty legions of Arab dervish troops under the command of the Mahdi, or ruling successor to the Prophet Muhammad, have surrounded (but not taken) Khartoum, trapping comely 17-year-old Rebecca Benbrook; her consul general father, David; and her younger twin sisters, Saffron and Amber. The appearance of a cargo boat owned by the dashing, entrepreneurial Ryder Courteney, as well as the subsequent appearance of Capt. Penrod Ballantyne of Her Majesty's 10th Hussars, give hope. Na?ve Rebecca falls in love with Ballantyne, who deflowers her before racing off to warn the rescue force commander that the commander is outnumbered 25 to one. The dervish, led by the fearsome Emir Osman Atalan, overrun Khartoum, and Rebecca's father is brutally butchered; the saga continues with Penrod heroically leading troops against Osman. Steamy romance alternates with gore, and it's all done by-the-numbers in a good way-like a junky, absorbing miniseries. Fans will not be disappointed. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects British -- Sudan -- Fiction.
Businessmen -- Fiction.
Diplomats -- Fiction.
Soldiers -- Fiction.
Sieges -- Fiction.
Khartoum (Sudan) -- History -- Siege, 1884-1885 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
War stories.
Publisher New York :Audio Renaissance,2005
Edition Abridged ed.
Contributors Pigott-Smith, Tim.
Participants/Performers Read by Tim Pigott-Smith.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1593976852 :
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