Assegai (Courtney #13)
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 war.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 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-gam
Assegai references the spear used by the Maasai tribesmen of Nairobi. It has 3 foot long razor sharp metal blade attached to a hardwood shaft ...more
As far as a recount of hunting wild animals in Africa go this book was ok but even then it wasn't so great. The characters were weak and unloveable, unhateable as well but the ...more
The "Big Five game" animals - African lion, African elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo and African leopa ...more
Because I wanted to find out mamma Lucima’s prophecies (which ended up lame so beloved readers don’t expect much) and I wanna complete my 300 books challenge for this year (silly me).
Liked none of them. I felt there were chosen just for the benefit of the story (pointless might I say). No depth whatsoever and the way the two main characters fell in love …
“She was ...more
What can I say? Obviously well done by the master storyteller, however, this plays out too much like a Hollywood nazi-spy epic.
Evil German mastermind with a bloodthirsty appetite and (spoiler alert) a fake hand that is a mace, flying to cause havoc in a zeppelin.
I found it bizarre that Leon has no problem killing animals and committing adultery, but when given an opportunity to kill (or let the lion do the job) the main antagonist he suddenly has a conscience the size of Africa.
The period is ca ...more
I love Africa and adventures in the bush. This one is set pre-WWI in British East Africa. Smith beautifully describes the landscapes, the wi ...more
As a novel, Assegai is far from perfect. It tells the adventurous tale of a young white African man, just 18 at the outset, who displays his seem ...more
Τον Smith τον "γνώρισα" από το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο, που ενθουσιάστηκα πόσο εύκολα με ταξίδεψε στη μακρινή Αφρική στην πρώτη δεκαετία του 1900 και μου σύστησε τον ήρωα του.
Ο ανθυπολοχαγός Κόρτνεϊ είχε εγκαταλείψει το βρετανικό στρατό κι έχει γίνει κυνηγός μεγάλων ζώων και οδηγεί πλούσιους Ευρωπαίους και Αμερικανούς σε σαφάρι στις περιοχές των Μασάι.
Ένας από τους πελάτες του είναι ο γερμανός κόμης Ότο φον Μέερμπαχ και η ερωμένη του, Εύ ...more
Assegai sounded like a great adventure/spy drama with some romance thrown in, so I was very surprised to get 300+ pages about how the protagonist became a hunter, then hunted, then visited the Masai prophetess, then hunted some more, then visited the prophetess, then hunted...
Courtney is a cardboard cutout character – sexy, tall, hunky, blonde, brave, rebellious and strong-willed. At least we are told he is. In the beginning I almost believed it, because he seemed to have an ...more
The period setting and idea is good (WW1 and devious goings on in darkest Africa between the Germans and some renegade south Africans).
Smith's detail on game drives is paramount, and exciting stuff (even for an ecologist)but romance and characterisation in this novel were just plain yucky.
Leon Courtney - the perfect specimen over 6 foo ...more
Sorry I cannot quote the lines that appalled me. The book has been returned so I cannot provide you with a good laugh. My book club generally liked the book with agreement that the historical setting, pre world war I in East Africa, was interesting -- especially the aut ...more
And instead of becoming an advocate for animal rights,the hero's focus shifts drasticall ...more
This one begins a few years prior to the outbreak of WWI and features early aviation, espionage, romance, and big game hunting in Africa.
Leon Courtney is a junior officer in the British Army in East Africa, with a lousy commanding officer. He makes a career change early on and finds himself on an epic hunting safari for Teddy Roosevelt and his son, Kermit. Ultimately he finds himsel ...more
I found the book a disappointment. I hoped Smith might offer the kind of ble ...more
Nevertheless, I like the way the author described the wildlife of Africa (very vivid images), hunting and airplanes (some of it went over my head though) in the later four fifths of t ...more
The two main characters were just too perfect to be believable, having a natural talent for literally everything they tried throughout the book. Admittedly I have never tried, but I have my doubts about someone being able to carry their 6'3" friend on their back for 30 miles through the night being chased by spear-wielding tribesmen after being stabbed. I guess you never know.
Also, the plot was very predictable in th ...more