This is Wilbur Smith's latest in the Courtney series, following on
from bestseller Monsoon. Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian have
settled in South Africa and are trading around the Cape of Good
Hope. When Tom's impetuous son Jim approaches a slave ship to sell
them his catch of fish, he is captivated by one of the women
slaves, Louisa, who although emaciated and exhausted has an
ethereal beauty and presence. Louisa was thrown into chains in
Holland and her short life has been tempestuous; she survived
plague and rape and has suffered enormously, yet she still wants to
live. When the ship founders, Jim, against all the odds,
dramatically rescues her, bringing down the wrath of Colonel Kelsey
of the ruling VOC cavalry regiment. Both the colonel and his
demonic tracker Zhia are determined to catch Jim and Louisa, and
the Colonel swears he will have them swinging on the gibbet for his
humiliation. A subplot emerges when Dorian, who is the adopted son
of a Caliph and heir to the Elephant Throne of Oman, involves his
family in avenging the murders of his wife and adoptive father. Set
in the turbulent and hazardous days of the early 18th century, this
is a swashbuckling, fast-paced adventure story, with evocative
descriptions of the beauty and barbaric cruelty of life on the
Robber's Way, the infamous road through the wilderness from which
no man has ever returned. There is something for everyone in this
exciting book. Wilbur Smith's tale of love and vengeance describes
nature in the raw, and is utterly compelling, sweeping the reader
along from one breathtaking scene to the next, from battles with
fierce, warlike tribes to encounters with elephants and other wild
animals and tremendous descriptions of the beauty of the country. A
cracking read. (Kirkus UK)
From the No 1 bestseller author, a new Courtney novel, set on the
Southern tip of Africa At the close of Wilbur Smith's bestselling
MONSOON, Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled on the high
seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life
afresh. In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of
Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa,
travelling along the infamous 'Robber's Road'. It is a journey both
exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched
wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild
animals. At heart a story of love and hatred, vengeance and greed,
BLUE HORIZON is an utterly compelling adventure from one of the
world's most celebrated novelists.
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