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Assegai

by Smith, Wilbur A.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 16 Libraries 16 of 16 copies
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Summary

Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set against the gathering clouds of war.

            It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth--but also danger. 

            Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. While spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach's beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg. 

            On the eve of the World War, Leon stumbles on a plot by Count von Meerbach that could wipe out the British forces in Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach's plan, and in grave peril as he learns more about the enigmatic Eva.

            Set amidst the tensions that will spark a war across continents, Assegai delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that has made Wilbur Smith an internationally bestselling author.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The highly popular historical novelist returns with another guaranteed best-seller. In the early 1900s, Second Lieutenant Leon Courtney decides to hang up his military career after a near-fatal mission in British East Africa (and a subsequent court-martial proceeding instigated by a vindictive superior office). He takes up big-game hunting, but that's only his cover: in reality, he is working as a spy, gathering intelligence for his uncle Penrod Ballantyne. Leon's target is Count Otto Von Meerbach, a German weapons manufacturer (the novel is set only a handful of years before World War I), but Leon doesn't count on falling in love with the target's seductive mistress, Eva. Can Leon foil Von Meerbach's plot to foment an African rebellion and, at the same time, protect the beautiful Eva? There is a reason Smith is a hugely popular writer of historical novels: his remarkable talent for re-creating historical periods and crafting characters we care about is virtually unmatched in the genre. Smith's novels of the Courtney and Ballantyne families (in 2005, he brought the two sagas together in The Triumph of the Sun) have been entertaining readers for nearly five decades, and if this novel is any indication, he is showing no signs of slowing down.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family of Africa begun in 1964 with When the Lion Feeds. In this installment, Leon Courtney, ladies' man and former lieutenant in the King's African Rifles, becomes a professional big game hunter and safari guide in the years leading up to WWI. Among his clients are Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Teddy Roosevelt, and a spoiled German princess who is fond of the whip. The story really doesn't kick into gear until halfway through, on the eve of war, when Courtney's uncle, Brig. Gen. Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, asks him to spy on his newest client, Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist with a secret agenda. Courtney also begins an affair with Otto's mistress, Eva, who has a secret life of her own. Will Courtney defeat Otto's dastardly scheme and rescue Eva? Though the outcome is never in doubt, Smith manages to serve up adventure, history and melodrama in one thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by series fans. (May) (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 British -- Africa, East -- Fiction.
Hunting guides -- Fiction.
Germans -- Africa, East -- Fiction.
Safaris -- Africa, East -- Fiction.
Spy stories.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,2009
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Map on lining papers.
Description 471 pages : color map ; 25 cm.
ISBN 9780312567248 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0312567243 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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