A Sparrow Falls (Courtney #3)
In Africa, Mark's family estate has been despoiled. His grandfather has died under mysterious circumstances. And he has inherited a murderous enemy--the rogue scion of the po...more
Smith's style reminded me of James Michener's Centenniel in the way he presented the natural landscape through human drama. Young Mark Anders faces difficulties similar to those of Indiana Jones, and at nearly the same pace. His co-hero, Gen...more
Despite being a great deal longer than the first two books, A SPARROW FALLS is never less than unputdownable. Starting off in the trenches of WW1 and gradually moving to the African...more
This book, by far, is the most horrendous book I’ve read till now. I couldn’t find a single element in the story worth praising or liking. The story starts somewhere in a military field and ends pathetically trying to convey a message of wildlife and forest protection.
Mark Anders is a completely characterless protagonist and though he’s been repeatedly glorified as loyal, handsome, and efficient, his sins and unfocussed mind stand out for me. His unspeakable activities constantly clashed with my...more
A Sparrow Falls ticks all the boxes of a Wilbur Smith book: adventure, fighting, women and an interesting historical setting. A little bit lightweight maybe, but fun.
I admit I was also thrown by his beginning. I was expecting to be started off where the last book left off and was totally confused for the first few of chapters, I kept feeling like I had missed a book. Other then that it was an extremely enjoyable read
This book wasn't in the top echelon of his writing, in my opinion.
The plot is as Wilbur Smithesque as you could want: the grown up estranged son of the powerful and wealthy Sean Courtney returns mysteriously rich and ready to play politics - dirty politics, as dirty as necessary. Being smart, Dirk Courtney gets his minions to get their hands dirty instead of his. Add to the mix Mark Anders, who Sean met in the trenc...more
Mr. Smith is particularly good in the close relationships that he builds, especially the camaraderie between men.