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Roar of Thunder
 
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Wilbur Smith
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Roar of Thunder (Courtney #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  3,072 ratings  ·  72 reviews
THE SOUND OF THUNDER continues the Courtney saga where WHEN THE LIONS FEEDS left off. Sean Courtney is off to fight the burghers in the Boer War -- first in harrowing missions on the front lines for the British Guides, then as the leader of commandos designed to fight the Boers on their own terms -- guerilla combat in the field.

The peace that follows find Sean with hopes

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Published August 15th 1977 by Dell (first published 1966)
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Graham
The follow-up to Smith's first book, WHEN THE LION FEEDS, is a continuation of the same story following the cliffhanger that the first novel ended upon.

We learn more about Sean Courtney's life at Ladyburgh, his experiences in the 2nd Boer War and finally the next Courtney generation, i.e. his children by various mothers.

In my mind, the book falls into three sections. The first part flies by as it reintroduces the central characters, throws in some new personalities and sets up the second part, w...more
Tammi Morgan
I am really struggling with this book. Feel I should have brushed up on my Boer War History before attempting this. So boring and confusing as to the ranks in the army. I am also finding myself annoyed with Garrick and Sean. The misunderstanding as to what happened between Anna and Sean is wearing thin and I am almost certain that only at the end will it all be resolved. Am still going to plough through, even though I keep falling asleep before I have read a couple of pages.

Still didn't enjoy th...more
Sandi
While not quite as good as the preceding book, When the Lion Feeds, lots of action, adventure, and larger than life characters made this an entertaining page turner.
Matthew
I could not put this book down. The first book in this series, When the Lion Feeds, was an instant favorite for me. This book made me fall in love with the Courtney's at an entirely new level. Every emotion represented so clearly through a family I became so connected to.
Luckngrace
My version was titled "The ROAR of Thunder". It must have been the oldest version and was changed. It is 2nd in the Courtney Series and does not disappoint. The twin brothers, Sean and Garry, fight the Boer War. Always at odds, decisions made for themselves impact their twin catastrophically. The 3rd generation of Courtneys enter the storyline and provide great entertainment. It was especially interesting to me which Courtney characteristics are carried through into each child and which twin tha...more
James
This the first book by Wilbur Smith that I had read. It was over ten years ago and my coworker left the book on the counter at the gas station we worked at. I borrowed the book forgetting to tell her that I took it. She was nice about it and said it was OK. Ever since that first book, I've been a fan of Smiths work.
I would consider his work comparable in detail and excitement with a dash of the unexpected situations that the characters have to come up with novel and genuine solutions to overcom...more
Mark Edlund
Historical fiction
Smith continues the Courtney saga with a book about the Boer War. Sean's multiple progeny populate the book and help reach to the next book and generation. Great action continues and the characters are still larger than life.
No Canadian references.
Todd
Loving the saga aspect of this series, but this book spent a lot of time on battles and fights and wars so I found myself flipping past scenes where the author describes endlessly what is happening in what is merely a competition, whether it be between two men (Sean and Jan Paulus for example, more than once) two peoples two brothers etc. Hopefully, the future books got the competition/battle thing out of the way and there won't be as many and it'll focus more on the other aspects of the charact...more
Andrew
The Sound of Thunder is a boys' book: brawling, drinking, women, horse racing and war. This is the second of Wilbur Smith's Courtney series, and follows the adventures of Sean Courtney, who was introduced in When the Lion Feeds.

Set in South Africa at the start of the twentieth century, Sean spends the first half of the story working his way up through the ranks of the British Army during the Boor War. Then, he heads home to rebuild his fortunes (again).

A light, fun book - I've already got A Spar...more
Katherine
I was getting mixed up at the beginning with s,it's other series I have read some of. The ballantine characters, so I had to go back and read a summ,ary of the prequel to this, when the e lion feeds to get it straight. after that it was ok. I little heavy on long battle scenes and descriptions. Also, over two novels Sean doesn't seemed to have learned or grown very much, a little at the end of this one. Still. I enjoy the setting and the history, so I will continue with the next in the series as...more
Dark-Draco
This is the second book the the epic Courtney saga. Sean has been living in the wilds of Africa with his young son, Dirk. They return to town on the eve of war and soon Sean is caught up in the fight against the Boers. But old antagonisms soon come to bear on his life and nothing works out the way he planned.

A good, fast-paced thriller. Lots of action and 'smoochy bits'. The characters that I so wanted to get their comeuppance in the last novel, do here, so you have to give a bit of a cheer!
Naomi
This book continues with the story of Sean Courtney and his brother, Garrick. Both serve in the British army during the Boer war. Sean on the fields of battle and Garrick in headquarters. After the war is over the conflict between the brothers escalate even more. Sean becomes a man to be reckon with while his brother continues to avoid evolving himself in any kind of like due to his wife Anna. The background of the coming of age of South Africa is interesting history and very well described.
Bruce
I think I liked this one better than the first one in the Courtney series. Wilbur Smith writes some of the most entertaining historical fiction I have ever read. This one is about the Boer War in South Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. I've heard about it, but didn't know much. Wilbur Smith did a great job of educating while entertaining. Highly recommend this book.
Marianne
Highly recommend this series to anybody who likes historical fiction. Smith is a consummate writer with tons of credibility because he was born and lived in So Africa.

Most of this book is about the Boer War, which I knew very little about.
Deep development of characters.

IMO not as smashing as the first novel, but I'm already looking forward to the next in the series.
Obinna Udenwe
Wilbur Smith is a writer i admired from childhood and i cannot stop reading his books because they take my mind back to my childhood. The bush burnings in the village, the plays, the moonlight tales and the country food.

This book continues to introduce more intriguing character of courtney. I am in love with it just like When Lion Feeds.

Obinna Udenwe
Linda
This one covers the war in Africa between the British Empire and African born Brits against the Boer farmers: (Think American civil war) It is a war story. Family rivalry and hatred as well as the acquisition of property that is the start of the Courtney wealth. I did not like the Courtney characteristics in this book as much as in others.
JoAnn/QuAppelle
This was the second novel in the Courtney series - I would like to read all of them. I must admit that I skimmed over some of the material in this book about the Boer War. It was a large part of the book, which kind of disappointed me. But still, these books are better than most.
Mpumi Sithole
After a disappointing end to the When the Lion Feeds, this was a climatic end. Enjoyed the hardship experienced by Sean, when all seemed lost and no hope was near for a reconciliation with his twin brother, then it happens and all truth is laid bare for the brothers. Marvelous read...
John
I've read just about every Wilbur Smith book in print, since I became acquainted with his work several years ago. He paints a very interesting picture of the some of the history of Africa though his stories. He is one of my favorite historical fiction writers.
Erik
A great continuation of the Courtney saga! The Boer war part felt a bit out of place but the rest of the story was awsome with excellent character development, action and a lot of drama. Overall a great story and perfect follow up to When the lion feeds.
Dave Hay
Early courntey days, and of course the style that Wilbur Smith used, may now seem a bit dated, however, I believe that his eatlier work will stand the test of time. It is well researched and has elements of Southern African history in a way for all to enjoy.
Jimmy Wu
A small impact could be fatal to anything in the future, this book exams the term of yesterday is today's tomorow,tomorow is depended on yesterday and now. So its important to keep up your goals n dreams everyday if u want to achieve them anytime.
Steve Bowling
Book #2 in the Courtney series. I am loving these books. If it weren't for the couple of dry spells this book would have gotten another star easily. I highly recommend this series to any audience it starts with "When the Lion Feeds"
Bill
Sequel to When the Lion Feeds (better known as The Sound of Thunder)

The Boer War, brother against brother, THE love, and the beginnings of the bigger South Africa political entity make for a great read.
Stuart
Wet weather means I can read this book in 3 days. Follow up to When the Lion Feeds moving on to the Boer War. Again a good read if you like war stories though there is a complicated love life for our hero Sean Courtney.
John
Another great read written by Smith. The continuation of the twins, Garry and Sean....Wilbur Smith spins a great rambling saga as well as anyone else and includes enough history base to keep us history buffs happy...
Fan Francis
I am going back to one of Wilbur Smith old books.... still a classic and a refresher as to Sean Courtney's adventure in the hinterland of Africa (South Africa) where the British were fighting the Boers.
Lydia Hale
This is an excellent book, and what a great author Wilbur Smith is. I highly recommend reading this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a very rich story, with very interesting characters.
Joe
Nice sequel to the When the Lion Feeds, continuing on the life of Sean Courtney. Taking in the S Africa Boer war and the turn of the Century. Plently of Action, adventure and Drama. Solid 3.5 stars.
Lois
Jul 08, 2007 Lois rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: smith fans
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You either love Smith or you don't even attempt to read him. It helps if you have lived in Africa. I love him, and can't believe he is still able to write with such fluidity at the age of 80+.
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