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Roar of Thunder (Courtney #2)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,018 Ratings  ·  104 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

Mass Market Paperback
Published August 15th 1977 by Dell (first published 1966)
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Dec 08, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Continuing the journey through Smith's Courtney series is a highly educational and entertaining undertaking. With the focus still strongly on Sean, the story opens as the lead-up to the Second Boer War is imminent. Sean struggles to raise his son without a wife and, in true late-nineteenth century form, never spared the rod to spoil his young Dirk. As time passes, Sean took up a post for the English and fought the Boers at every turn. Unbeknownst to him, his twin brother, Garrick, is a high-rank ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war, africa
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
Apr 28, 2015 Jacqie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading some books about South Africa or by South African authors in preparation for a trip. So I gave Wilbur Smith a shot...

Yeesh. It's amazing how... primitive this book felt. So old-fashioned in the writing style and outlook. The main character is Sean Courtney. In the beginning of the book he's returning from a years-long elephant hunt, loaded down with ivory that he will use for the enrichment of his family. He's also got his young son with him.

This book seems firmly in the camp that h
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
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.
Dec 17, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just re-read this one immediately after re-reading the first book in this series (When the Lion Feeds). It's been so long since I've read these books that it's almost like reading them for the first time, except occasionally I get a premonition about something that's happening, and usually it turns out to be correct. At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but maybe not quite as much as I enjoyed the first one. Possibly this was because a large part of the book was about Sean's experiences ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Pablos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Załóżmy, że potrafię się zmusić do wysiłku, którego efektem będzie maksimum obiektywizmu z mojej strony. To raczej niemożliwe, ale załóżmy, że się udało. Wtedy podstawową myślą, jaka towarzyszyła by mi podczas lektury ciągu dalszego genialnej powieści powinna brzmieć mniej więcej tak: nie powinno się tomowi drugiemu wystawiać maksymalnych ocen, albowiem autor zgarnął już chwałę i szacunek przy tomie pierwszym. A teraz zwyczajnie kontynuuje doskonałą historię, wykorzystuje swoich własnych bohater ...more
Paul Hock
May 09, 2016 Paul Hock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Wilbur Smith has me hooked. I will be reading the rest of the Courtney series, to follow the characters he has managed to engross me with. Being a writer of historical fiction, I am always intrigued when actual history plays a big part, and South Africa has a lot of history. I would highly recommend this book. I find his style of writing timeless.
Feb 08, 2015 Annalize rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilbur Smith's second book on the Courtney family is as gripping and easy-to-read as the first. They way the characters form make them crawl into your heart as if they were real.

Following on the first, Sean and Garrick Courtney are going to war against the Boers in South Africa. Apart from colourful pieces of war history, and a compassion for both sides of the war, the story does not stray from the fact that life goes on.

This is a good second installment, and a must if you've read the first!
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
Rachel Phillips
Jan 23, 2016 Rachel Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of the Courtney saga.
I really enjoyed this book. Once again a good adventure and the characters continued on their life journey through the Boer War and aftermath.
Good descriptions of war encompassing the brutality, friendship and fear during battle.
Well written.

May 06, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Meg Burkardt
Mar 03, 2016 Meg Burkardt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pitiful. Not worth reading. Mundane. No story. Blah terrible. Worse than a harlequin roman

Pitiful. Don't bother. Embarrassing for Wilbur Smith. He has really declined. Worse than a harlequin romance. Blah. Terrible. Awful ugh.
Dave Fellows
Jan 18, 2016 Dave Fellows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars. You always know what you're going to get with Wilbur Smith's Courtney books, and that's quality. This isn't the best of them, but it's still good. Feels like a prelude to a much more intense story in the next instalment.
Daniel Berthiaume
I really enjoyed this second book in the Courtney saga. Good continuation of the story and a lot of new stuff to keep you very interested in both the story and what is to come in the third book which I will begin tomorrow. This is an old series from Wilbur Smith but it is an excellent one. I highly recommend the series.
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.
Bryce Gordon
Sep 10, 2014 Bryce Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable book, I'm not the best reviewer as I just want to tell people what ended up happening. Though for my second book I enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm not sure if I liked it as much at the first instalment (when the lion feeds) though it was great all the same
Donna Beckley
This is the 5th book in the Courtney series. Sean returns to his home having remade his fortune with gold and the ivory trade. He is a widower and brings with him his young son. As he begins to rebuild, the Boer War begins and another war engulfs his life. The first half of the book describes the Boer War from both sides of the battle. Sean fights for the British while his brother-in-law is the leader of the Boer fighters. After the war he returns home to rebuild his life again. There is not as ...more
William M. Kleiser
Good read.

Characters are a bit stereotyped but it conveys the vastness of all of Smith's storylines. Some melodrama that's a bit exaggerated but still fun.
Sol Reader
Jun 10, 2015 Sol Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second part of the Courtney family saga.
A very well written and exiting story with well defined likeable and unlikeable characters. Together with imaginative plot lines.
Second reading was just as exiting as the first.
Wayne Martens
May 16, 2014 Wayne Martens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it is largely about the Boer war , I loved all the history about our country, a must read for anyone who has an interest about the Boer war.
Oct 26, 2014 AndyS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slammed right through this book today!

I am so impress this Wilbur Smith's story telling...

Loved this book...
Jan 31, 2016 Swati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the beginning and I liked the end. The war was stretched out, though. It was difficult to care about.
Jeanie Harper
Mar 03, 2016 Jeanie Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great continuing saga of the Courtney family.

Dirk, is such a dope and spoiled brat!!
Apr 17, 2012 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2016 Metanoia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to read every single book of the Courtney Series.

A+ for this one
David Hamme
Dec 28, 2015 David Hamme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read - great beach book. You can get lost in this story.
Laura-lee Leslie
Got through it, but got a bit irritated by him moving from woman to woman.
Caroline Dhont
Aug 01, 2014 Caroline Dhont rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waar boek 1 echt goed was, was deze het exacte tegenovergestelde. Heb me nog nooit zo door een boek moeten worstelen! Jammer!
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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Courtney (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • When the Lion Feeds (Courtney, #1)
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