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
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
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
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