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Monsoon (Courtney #10)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  6,049 ratings  ·  148 reviews
One man. Three sons. A powerful destiny waiting to unfold.

Once a voracious adventurer, it has been many years since Hal Courtney has dared the high seas. Now he must return with three of his sons - Tom, Dorian, and Guy - to protect the East India Trading Company from looting pirates, in exchange for half of the fortune he recovers. Riding the wind-tossed seas toward Arabia
Paperback, 822 pages
Published April 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1999)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: Second chronologically in the Courtney family saga, Monsoon covers Hal Courtney and his sons' efforts to end the scourge of piracy plaguing the East India Company, and their inexorable, inevitable removal from an England too small and too meager to hold the family's talents, abilities, and personalities, to a colonial future in the Cape Colony.

The multipolar world of southern and eastern Africa, its long-established power dynamics, and the astounding riches of
I love Wilbur Smith's adventure stories. It's like watching an Errol Flynn movie and 960 pages just fly on by. The Courtney family saga hooks you in. Unfortunately, the first book I read was a later one in the series, so now I must backtrack. I ordered the old ones so stay tuned for reviews of them later.

Like my own family, there is enmity between the Courtney brothers. One brother is kidnapped and raised as a Muslim. We learn some of the mores and attitudes of Muslim behavior. Two favorite char
Jo Bennie
The book opens at the end of the 17th century with teenage Tom Courtney up to mischief, sneaking into the chapel of his father's great estate with his twin brother Guy to meet with a serving girl for sex, making his half brother Dorian look out. Dorian sounds the alarm as their older brother, the brutal William, approaches and they all flee. Tom and Dorian are caught by William and Dorian is only saved from being strangled by his father Hal, a powerful man who has built up his massive estate thr ...more
Walter Van praag
I did not realise this was a sequel to Birds of Prey, but none the less it was an excellent read. Could hardly put this book down. Fortunately there were enough pages for it not to be a weekend book! The plot was brilliant and as a book seriously well researched and written. Even just on its own this book is worth reading even if you haven't read Birds of Prey yet.

Wilbur Smith is one of my favourite writers in general, despite his books always having Africa and history as the central themes and
May 07, 2008 Phil rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
This book continues the tale begun in 'Birds Of Prey'. Smith is the greatest adventure writer ever. He takes you to a world that is totally believable and has a talent for putting his characters in cliffhanging situations without making them seem contrived. The hero overcomes all obstacles and gets the girl in the end, but you know that as soon as you pick the book up. Who cares. This is another of those books where you want to go hang out with the characters for a while and the only disappointm ...more
I feel like I should be recommending an author insted of a book. Would save time. Anything Wilbur writes is factastic. Much fun. If you like far off places, much adventure, hero's and beautiful damsels, he is your author. Even in these times, some things don't change.
Andrea Ratti
Sebbene Uccelli da preda mi abbia piacevolmente sopreso con le sue avventure, Monsone riuscito a soprendermi ancora di pi.
Smith scrive con un'abilit davvero intrigante, che riesce a trasportare il lettore direttamente nella scena, come se fosse realmente presente quando gli eventi si realizzano, quasi quanto un'evasione dalla realt.
L'unico neo , secondo me, una consistente ripresa dello schema narrativo del romanzo precedente: il viaggio del giovane che tutto ad un tratto si scopre uomo, il ne
I recently read that ABC has purchased the rights to three of Wilbur Smiths books to make a mini-series. The three books were "Birds of Prey", "Monsoon", and "Blue Horizon". I had read and enjoyed "Birds of Prey" several years ago, so I figured I should go ahead and read the other two.

I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed "Monsoon". In fact, to save time, I'm recommending my brother skip the first book, "Birds of Prey", and go right to "Monsoon" (any necessary background is given at the appr
Josh Bishop
Hal Courtney must balance raising a family with the extreme dangers of the high seas. Monsoon is the story of a man charged with hunting an extremely dangerous pirate, while he must also see to the success and safety of his children. The Courtneys gain a foothold in the wondrous and uncharted country of Africa. This is an action-packed, heart-wrenching adventure that kept me enthralled until the very end.

This book is an exceptional composition! After reading "Birds of Prey", I was worried that t
Ray Kelly
Monsoon is the 10th book by Wilbur Smith in the Courtney family series and it continues on from Birds of Prey. Set in the dawn of the eighteenth century in England, East Africa, and Arabia, it relates the lives and loves of the three sons of Hal Courtney. The East India Trading Company is suffering catastrophic losses at the hands of pirates on the high seas. Sir Hal Courtney, after four years away from service, prepares for his latest and most dangerous voyage to take care of the pirates. Like ...more
The sequel of
Birds of Prey (Courtney #9) by Wilbur Smith

is as good as the first book... I was really glad to follow the characters into new adventures, If you have read 'Birds of Prey' you know what I'm talking about, if you haven't I strongly recommend you read it and then move on to this one. If you like historical fiction and exotic adventure you will not be disappointed.
So I love Historical Fiction. I really love tall ships. Oh and I do find converging cultures an incredibly rich and interesting topic. But I did not like this book at all.

It belies reason. It has everything.... Twins, a dark and exotic evil brother, swords and fighting, pirates, kidnapping, sex scenes!, multilingual, courageous, well educated and deadly fighting heros......... everything.....!!! But I had real difficulty turning each page... and I am a prolific reader... I never not finish a bo
As I read this one, I found myself drawn in within the first dozen or so pages. I can remember looking back at page 50 and realizing what a wonderful job the author did of introducing us to the three main characters, their relationships with one another and their strengths and flaws. The Courtney saga continues across many, many books, but this one stands alone quite well and entertains throughout.
An excellent pirate and adventure story, which never gets old. It seems hard to believe, but for centuries all the European nations would send out sea captains with a legal license to steal, a directive to attack merchant ships... so long as it was from someone else. They were backed by investors as any company or venture would be. (I laughed at the part where the hero is earnestly trying to get someone to fund his new ship to steal from the French. A great many parallels to any modern business ...more
Mark Edlund
Historical fiction
Smith continues his Courtneys of Africa series with lots of swashing and buckling. Lots of action across several cultures and continents. Just wish he could write better dialogue.
Canadian reference - mention of the French incursion into Canada in the early 1700's and the Iroquois at Lachine.
No pharmacy references
For some reason even though I find these books so badly written, I can't stop reading them. It's just a pure guilty pleasure read. Still prefer Smith's Egypt series though the Courtney novels are enjoyable. No thinking required. You can see the outcome of the story about 500 pages ahead most of the time.
Hal Courtney has left his active life on the sea and is raising his four sons at High Weald in England. His sons from three different mothers fight to gain their father's love and respect. William, the oldest and by English law the heir does not like his younger brothers and the feeling is mutual. Hal is called back to the sea by Lord Child to retrieve two ships for the John Company. He takes his sons with him and leaves William in charge of the estates. During the struggle to recapture the ship ...more
قصي بن خليفة
قصة من خيال الكاتب ، وقعت أحداثها منذ 300 سنة في البحار والأراضي ما بين بريطانيا وعمان وأفريقيا. أبدع الكاتب في وصف تفاصيل هذه الأحداث والأماكن والناس وأعمالهم وكأنك معهم ، وأعجبني خاصة وصفه للرحلات البحرية عبر المحيطات في ذلك الزمان.
Gold Mine قرأت له سابقاً رواية
وكانت رائعة.ولكن وللأسف عجبت من أحداث هذه الرواية في نصفها الثاني وبدت غير منطقية و فقدت كثيراً من جاذبية أسلوب الكاتب وواقعية التفاصيل التي يرويها فقد طغت عنصريته الواضحة على إجادته حيث بدأ الصراع بين الأخوين الانجليز وجماعتهما من طرف
Richard Hodgetts
Stirring story

Courtney Family series continues as Wilbur Smith makes you a participant in the Courtney Family adventures. Africa is settled by some rugged pioneers.
ongeveer 18 jaar geleden veel boeken van Wilbur Smith gelezen en net zoals toen opnieuw betoverd door de geweldige manier waarop de boeken geschreven worden. Het verhaal pakt je volledig en je leeft helemaal mee met de avonturen van de broers, je voelt voor alle personages sympathie en ziet door de kleurrijke beschrijvingen de landschappen en zeeën voor je. Heerlijk genieten
Enjoyed it more than, and found less annoying than, the prequel Birds of Prey. Still ridiculously improbable on so many levels. But very absorbing.
Monsoon is an enthralling parallel story of two brothers, one emerging as a swashbuckling 17th century privateer off the coast of Zanzibar. The other is enslaved and brought up by an Arab prince in the Horn of Africa. Here you can see the emergence of the future financial and emotional foundations of the Courtney family in later South Africa. One thing that I notice in these books, which are always very readable, is the odd word(s) that Wilbur Smith introduces in each book (or perhaps it is a we ...more
Karunakaran N.
A tale spun in the dawn of the Eighteenth Century. The mighty East India Trading Company suffers catastrophic losses from pirates on the high seas. This sets in Sir Hal Courtney for his latest and most dangerous voyage along with his sons Tom, Guy & Dorian. The tale of survival of these 3 sons separated by the destiny carries all the powerful drama and rich emotions of a bygone time into this action-packed tale of the sea.
The end is so abrupt... Without anything spelt on the future of Tom &a
Nick Grant
I have found it hard to put down any of the books done by Wilbur on the Courtney family. Another good read.
Patrick Bättig
Seefahrerfamilie wird in den Stürmen seiner Zeit getrennt und kämpft für die Wiedervereinigung
Peter Mazzucco
Book two of the Courtney Trilogy. Amazingly detailed and historically accurate. A great escape.
By far the best of Wilbur Smith. A great "mens adventure" novel that takes the reader on a time warp into the high sea's with pirates, fortune, and booty. ANd yes, I mean the modern day booty. This book pulled me into this series of novels and they are great to read when on vacation located near a body of water. Even if it is a lake and the extent of your adventure is how to get the cooler and lawn chair down to the shore in one trip. I have read the entire series and they are all fun. When read ...more
Another great voyage a great master at his best.
His best work hands down. I read this while traveling around the middle east and gained a new appreciation for Islamic history. I know he can embellish a bit, but it's all for a good read. A fascinating time period, which comes alive under Smith's masterful touch.
This may be one of the best pirate/privateer books on the market. The story spans years and feels very epic, much like a high fantasy book, except this takes place in our world. A vivid account of life at sea and the hardships experie
A fantastic offering from Wilbur Smith who is easily one of my favorite authors. This story takes us back to the time of tall ships and exploration and presents a great look at both English society and Arab-Muslim society of the time. This story, like all of his stories, has loads of adventure, love, detail on sailing, hunting, and religion - basically everything I would want in a story such as this. The pace of the book never slows down and I found it hard to put down. High recommended if this ...more
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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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“A man follows the path laid out for him. He does his duty to God and his King. He does what he must do, not what pleases him. God's truth, boy, what kind of world would this be if every man did what pleased him alone? Who would plough the fields and reap the harvest, if every man had the right to say, 'I don't want to do that.' In this world there is a place for every man, but every man must know his place.” 17 likes
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