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La spiaggia infuocata (Courtney #4)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,157 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Centaine de Thiry non può dimenticare Michael Courteney. L'ha conosciuto in Francia, durante la guerra, quando il giovane pilota sudafricano imperversava contro l'aviazione tedesca; l'ha ammirato e lo ha amato, senza limiti. E quando l'ha perduto ha capito di dover raggiungere la sua terra. Ma l'Africa che, dopo una navigazione avventurosa, accoglie la giovane donna non è ...more
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Published April 23rd 2009 by TEA (first published 1985)
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The beginning of a new Courtney saga, following on from the WHEN THE LION FEEDS trilogy. I found THE BURNING SHORE a bit of a slog to read, perhaps because Smith's previous novel, THE LEOPARD HUNTS IN DARKNESS, was an absolutely triumphant book and one of my favourite reads of all time; this one can't help but pale in comparison.

There's much to love here, but somehow the book lacks the spark of life present in earlier works, and there's a slight sense of Smith going through the motions. Still, i
Erica Mukherjee
Sometimes, a good novel doesn’t know when to stop. Gone With the Wind comes to mind, as Scarlett is crying for Rhett’s departure and the reader is gnashing her teeth wondering what will happen when Scarlett “thinks about it tomorrow.”

Though The Burning Shores, by Wilbur Smith, isn’t in the same category as Margaret Mitchell’s classic, the book ends abruptly, leaving enchanted readers eager for a sequel. Fortunately, Smith wrote almost a dozen novels on the African exploits of the same family th
This book was a bit tedious; one huge disaster after another for the young heroine (I forget her name). Within the span of 25 pages she loses her fiance, father, horse, estate/home and forced to endure hardship after hardship (while pregnant). The transport ship she is on heading for Africa is torpedoed; countless others are lost. She is attacked by a huge great white and gets away by feeding it her life raft mate (all for the sake of her unborn child); it was a pretty brutal telling. If you enj ...more
Alessandro Canale
Fin troppo facile lasciarsi rapire da un romanzo del genere. Pensateci. Ha tutto quel che si possa desiderare in un romanzo d'avventura. Una gagliarda eroina, pronta ad affrontare un destino a lei avverso a fronte alta, a sottrarsi ripetutamente agli artigli della morte combattendo con le unghie e con i denti. Un cavaliere dell'aria dallo spiccato senso dell'onore, ingenuo sostenitore di romantici duelli aerei tra gentiluomini sullo sfondo di un paesaggio disastrato dalla guerra. E poi il perico ...more
Mentre il personaggio di Centaine iniziò come una stella gigantesca, luminosa e splendida, finì piccola piccola, mediocre, miserabile a tratti; quello di Lothar che peggio non poteva sembrare, quando era più piccolo, come il punto quasi invisibile e immobile che vide Centaine quando si allontanò con Garrick ed Anna, invece era più grande, più umano nonostante la crudeltà inutile di certe sue azioni. Alla fine risultò il più vero, il più coerente.

I loved the book, but I didn't like on big part of the story, I mean I wanted it to go in the opposite way. Is that even possible?
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Best Wilbur Smith book. Hidden behind a title that screams "Trash!"
Wilbur Smith swoją sagę o rodzie Courteneyów konstruował w bardzo ciekawy sposób. Pierwsze dwa tomy stanowiły całość, “Brama Chaki” natomiast niejako “zamykała” wątek Seana Courteneya. Rozgrywała się wiele lat później, a między wierszami dowiedzieliśmy się także wielu informacji o pozostałych postaciach, między innymi o Michaelu Courteneyu. Stąd też “Płonący brzeg” z początku czyta się dość dziwnie, bo doskonale wiemy, co Michaela czeka. Napięcie jest bardzo duże, czytelnik obawia się tego momen ...more
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In war torn France, Michael Courtney meets and falls in love with Centaine de Thiry, a young aristocrat living with her father and friend near the airfield he is stationed at. With both family's blessings, he proposes, but on the day of the wedding he watches his best friend blown from the sky. Seeking revenge, he realises, too late, that he cannot have a future with his love. Grief-stricken and pregnant, Centaine only suffers further as her family and lands are destroyed around her. Only then d ...more
Art Tirrell

Immense; Formidable; Gigantic

I love books set in Africa and have been a fan of Wilbur Smith's writing for years. It's only recently, however, with the advent of the Kindle and subsequent re-publication of many of his early works, that I have been able to access his full body of work.
With this access has come the realization that his earlier works are even better than the two I cut my teeth on, his amazing novels "River God" and "The Seventh Scroll."
The Burning Shore is the 5th in the Courtney fa
Mark Edlund
Historical fiction series
I hate when I read series out of order. I thought the books on the "Courtneys of Africa" would precede the Courtney series. Wrong. I got my first clue when Michael Courtney is introduced as a WWI fighter pilot. This book has a much stronger and central female character in Centaine. The dialogue is still florid but nobody touches his action sequences or stories about the wildlife. Now to go back to the beginning with "Where the Lion Feeds".
No Canadian references
Teresa MacGinley
I hated this book, so much so that I can't even rate it. On my quest to read all the Courtney books this was by far the most disappointing. It was a long time ago, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the women characters being idiots. I also think that I had already put it down once before, picking it up again only because I needed to read it to get to the next book in the series. Worst novel by a favourite author.
I would have given this one a 5 star rating, but unfortunately there are 150ish pages just past the middle of the book that sort of bored me a little. Other than a few small issues I can't take anything away from it.

Now for what I loved most of all.

Like many, I have been saddened by the death of Sean Courtney in the earlier Courtney novel, and this one playing out in an overlapping timeline, he does make his appearance again, and it was wonderful to read about it. If I am right, The Burning Sho
aPriL does feral sometimes
Fever pitch adventure and a lot of interesting information about 1916 France and South Africa with exciting WW I airplane dogfights thrown in (think Snoopy) all quite vividly described. Big personalities and romantic in the way Star Wars (1977) or Indiana Jones was meant, only more bloody and full of angst and survivor's guilt. Fun, fast, perfect for buttered popcorn night. Men are brave and women are tough, everybody with marvelous fighting spirits and more than a mite crazed with passions. Hoo ...more
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Centaine de Thiry non può dimenticare Michael Courteney. L'ha conosciuto in Francia, durante la guerra, quando il giovane pilota sudafricano imperversava contro l'aviazione tedesca; l'ha ammirato e lo ha amato, senza limiti. E quando l'ha perduto ha capito di dover raggiungere la sua terra. Ma l'Africa che, dopo una navigazione avventurosa, accoglie la giovane donna non è solo il continente abbagliante e fascinoso dei racconti di Michael, è anche una terra assetata, ostile,
Uno dei più belli scritti da Wilbur Smith.
Tiene col fiato sospeso dall'inizio alla fine e l'incontro coi boscimani poi è veramente emozionante!
Avventura e passione sono i fili conduttori, come in tutti i suoi libri del resto, ma qui viene sprigionata un'energia particolare che porterà ad una serie di vicende personali e storiche che segneranno i romanzi successivi.
Can I add some more stars please? 5 are not enough! This was thrilling, gripping fast paced action full of emotion and drama. Very hard to put down, actually nigh on impossible, it is quite possibly my favourite Wilbur Smith so far!
Non mi ha convinto del tutto, a tratti interessante e coinvolgente, a tratti lento.
La protagonista e' una ragazza decisa, passionale e forte, perde il suo primo amore e dalla Francia vuole a tutti i costi arrivare in Africa per conoscere la terra di Micheal, il padre che il suo bimbo non conoscera' mai, ma si trova ad affrontare prima l'affondamento della nave su cui viaggia, poi il deserto e mesi difficili. Lothar, assunto dal nonno del bambino, la trova e sembra rifiorire l'amore ma non dura p
James Hayward
What a epic read this has been ! An amazing journey for Centaine plenty of hardships and sorrows. I was sad how the little San couple that looked after her died they were amazing characters. Hope the next book follows on from this one so I can see how Centaine two sons grow up.
Good historical novel. Made scenes of war to human relationships to details appear interesting. Those who read the book and not to spoil it but know what I mean, the name should have been Ernie.
Read this years ago and loved it. I've always loved a good story about a strong woman and this is certainly one.
Sarie Weaving
I love Wilbur Smith's Courtney Series.
So far I have read:
1. When the Lion Feeds
2. The Sound of Thunder
3. A Sparrow Falls
4. The Burning Shore

Wilbur is a formidable writer, each story is always fresh from the last and I find it gripping and easy to read. I feel so much passion for the main characters and their experiences. Whenever I have read a few books and find my enthusiasm to read lagging I pick up a Wilbur Smith to re motivate me.

Next book: Power of The Sword - looking forward to it!
First volume of the second Courtney sequence. <>"The fear drove them all a little mad, and forced them to drink far too much – enough to destroy the reflexes of normal men. But they were not normal men and the alcohol did not seem to affect them, it did not dull their eyesight nor slow their feet on the rudder bars. Normal men died in the first three weeks, they went down flaming like fir trees in a forest fire, or they smashed into the doughy, shell-ploughed earth with a force that shatte ...more
Andrew Bulmer
While it remains a rollicking good time as Wilbur Smith's Africa novels typically are, The Burning Shore seems a bit tired and the language less full of life and flourish as the earlier novels. It's definitely an enjoyable read, but it lacks the true genius present in say, The Lion Feeds for example.
Enthralling adventure.
Oct 10, 2008 Stuart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The best of an excellent series. Ignore the first half (based on a well written story about airmen in The First World War) and get on to Centaine's struggle for survival in the Namibian Desert with the help of two elderly San (bushmen). I don't have a good memory for stories but even I remembered how engrossing this episode was in my first reading. If you never read anything else by Wilbur Smith, read the latter 200 pages of the Burning Shore (and you will be hooked on the other stories!)
Nunca había leído nada de Wilbur Smith y me lleve una grata sorpresa.Muy entretenido. Me gusto esa descripción minuciosa de África, las costumbres, la historia. En este libro me pareció bastante acertada, pero me da la impresión que puede llegar a volverse medio denso si siempre realiza una descripción tan excesiva. Conclusión: Me gusto mucho, en un futuro seguro voy a volver con este Autor africano, tiene una gran colección de libros para poder seguir degustando.
This was recommended to me because we are going to Namibia in September. At times Wilbur Smith is a bit raw for me, but this was an interesting book.
Arpita Kalra
Whew! what a burning book..action packed….and I couldn’t rest till I finished it from cover to cover.Its big like a thriller movie and unbelievable at places,especially at the end where I cant help but compare it to Gone With the Wind which left me a little cross.
I remember laughing out loud ( the romantic bits) crying in turn and your stomach will hurl at some vivid bits too.
Otherwise very readable ,even informative ,expect big big drama.
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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 13 books)
  • When the Lion Feeds (Courtney, #1)
  • Sound of Thunder (Courtney #2)
  • A Sparrow Falls (Courtney #3)
  • Power of the Sword (Courtney #5)
  • Rage (Courtney #6)
  • A Time to Die
  • Golden Fox
  • Birds of Prey (Courtney #9)
  • Monsoon (Courtney #10)
  • Blue Horizon  (Courtney #11)
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