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Tiempo de morir

(Courtney #7)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,270 ratings  ·  96 reviews
An action-packed, page-turning adventure/thriller set in the heart of Africa by an author whose past twenty books have sold more copies worldwide than the works of any other writer alive today.
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published April 1991 by Círculo de Lectores, S.A. (first published 1989)
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May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books I have ever read! It is adventurous yet not unrealistic. It has all the important moments written on the right pages. I just could not put it down and read it at home,
in the train (next to me sat the lady with exactly the same copy!), simply everywhere. I am a native European, but it made me want to explore Africa right away! I wanted to move there, wanted to live there and be an african. What? That is how good the book is!
The Cats Mother
This seemed a bit different to a lot of the other WS books I've read - yes it's set in Africa and involves a Courtenay, but the relentless violence, bloodlust and cruelty was pretty wearying, not to mention the sexism and attitudes to hunting which were probably considered acceptable in 1989 but now felt very distasteful.
Mariano Pudú
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me gusta cuando un autor experimentado se informa de los pequeños detalles casi triviales del mundo que está narrando, y se nota que Wilbur Smith (autor nuevo para mi, aunque bestseller desde antes de que yo naciera) es un tipo instruído.
El libro hay que leerlo con una mentalidad de hombre blanco primermundista de 1987, de otra forma, es casi ofensivo; racismo, crueldad innecesaria, misoginia, sutilezas políticas, etc. Sin embargo, y apelo a mi lado machote (tristemente) es un libro que no te su
Jakob Masic
I made it to page 150 but that's enough for me.
The story certainly was interesting but I felt as if the author was going into such unnessary details for prolonged periods of time. It just felt as if he was being paid by the page. Did not rate it for I feel I did not read enough to draw a true opinion.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book. I started out hating all the main characters but they grew on me by the end.

The Kindle version is full of typos, like they just scanned the actual book and didn't even proof read it. Still readable, but annoying.

I would have given 4 out of 5 with no typos.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
In what has been labelled the seventh Courtney novel, but which sits more accurately as eighth in the chronological progress of the series, Smith depicts a tale that offers the reader an in-depth glance into the life of Sean Courtney, son of Shasa and Tara. Set around 1987, Sean is a veteran of the Rhodesian Bush Wars and has become a full-time hunter with his safari company in Zimbabwe. Coaxed by his clients to follow a legendary elephant across the border into Mozambique, Sean leads them on a ...more
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বইটার শুরুর পরায় শতাধিক পৃষঠা পরযনত শিকার কাহিনী। পরথমে ভেভেছিলাম বইটা সমিথের আর সব বই থেকে আলাদা,একটা জিম করবেট টাইপ শিকার কাহিনী হতে পারে।তবে শিকার কাহিনী যে খারাপ লাগছিলো তা না।ভালই লাগছিলো কাহিনী।

একশত পৃষঠার পর থেকেই বইয়ের কাহিনী মোড় নিতে থাকে।গলপের নায়ক শন কোরটনি যে একজন একস করনেল, ফরেলিমো আর রেনামো;এই দুই বাহিনীর মাঝখানে আফরিকার সহিংস যুদধে আটকা পড়ে যায়।তার সাথে অপরূপা কলডিয়া মনটেরো আর শনের বনধু জোব আর মাতাউ।কাহিনী এগিয়ে যায়। শন বাধয হয় রেনামোদের হয়ে গেরিলা অপারেশনে কমানড দিতে।নইলে কলডিয়াক
Natasa Tovornik
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
not one of my favourites by smith.
Queen of Shadows *damon salvatores lover*
so much suspense, sex-appeal and adventure...the story of a simple hunt is turned into so much more
Fabio Parisini
Ho iniziato il libro con un certo scetticismo, ma devo dire di essermi ricreduto molto presto.
Il libro è avvincente e, pur se la trama è per alcuni aspetti prevedibile, riesce a fare uno spaccato di una certa zona e cultura dell'Africa in un preciso momento storico.
Il protagonista Sean Courtney ha luci e ombre, così come la donna che si sceglierà come compagna, Claudia Monterro, e per certi aspetti i dialoghi tra i due uniti allo svilupparsi della vicenda forniscono un dialogo dialettico tra pos
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive enjoyed this whole series from Wilbur Smith. I did like this book but I think I need a break. The style is very easy to read and the storyline moves quickly to hold your interest. I found though that at times themes are repeated and it verged on being a bit cheesey. Ill be back to read more of the Courtney series but for now Ill try something a bit different for a bit.
Donna Collier
Lots of action, the story definitely kept moving. I had been missing that lately in my books, so it was great! I just don't like the later Courtneys as much as I liked those in the beginning. Though Sean in this story was better than the brothers in last few books. But these books are long! I will probably keep going in the series, but only one or two per year.
ken earls
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. Suspenseful till the last page(where you’ll want to cheer)

One of Mr. Smith’s fine books. On the same suspense as all his other works. Great plot, great suspense, very detailed.
Brendan Hatton
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ripper of a roller coaster

Action and adventure, this is a page turning blast. Focused, energetic and high paced, it's a great read. I need two more words for this to be accepted. Ok done.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional as usual.

Remarkable detail of the African cultures as backdrop to an incredible escape thro butchery and all too realistic depravity. There's a warm outcome of goodness and courage winning through. Fantastic reading.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic Wilbur Smith novel. Well written, three dimensional characters and setting. Sad that the elephant had to die. The book is of its time, but a great read.
Marileen Schutte

I read this book years ago and just had to read the whole series again. What a fantastic story teller.
Heidi Matheson
It started out good, but the middle became a bit wearisome and I lost interest. A bit disappointed.
Carol Franklin
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting & adventurous novel with lots of action. It is set in Africa & portrays the culture & conflict during the civil wars. Great reading!
Emma Stowell
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was okay but skipped pages because war stories are abit long winded
steve white
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, a rip roaring story that seemed to go on and on in a great way!
Melanie Schaap
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book from a very good writer! Wilbur Smith tells stories and in your mind, they come to life.
Mary Stewart
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very long but I enjoyed it.Learned a lot about Africa ,it's people and animals.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things to expect from a Wilbur Smith book:

1. Constant chaos and adventure
2. A particularly macho main character
3. Death of a father-figure within the first third of the book
4. Deaths of most of the hero's friends, while he miraculously scrapes through every possible situation through sheer awesome man-i-ness
5. Weird female characters.

What struck me as I was reading A Time to Die was that WS seemed to be trying to write a 'strong female character' at the start of the book, but actually she just c
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Jest całkiem możliwe, że doświadczam właśnie książkowego kaca. Konkretnie poświęconego prozie Wilbura Smitha. Od kilku ostatnich książek mówiłem sobie, że teraz czas na przerwę, na coś innego. Mimo to zaraz po ukończeniu lektury sięgam po kolejną pozycję tego twórcy, Wilbur Smith jest bowiem bardzo utalentowany jeśli chodzi o zakończenia swoich powieści. Nawet jeśli całość bywała monotonna, to końcówka zazwyczaj robi sporo zamieszania i czytelnik po prostu odczuwa mus poznania dalszej historii w ...more
Biggy Marshall
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilbur Smith, the masculine version of Barbara Cartland! Intelligent and beautiful female, and strong and handsome male meet; detest each other and fight all the time; then start to respect each other; end up in the sack together; and live happily ever after. So far my intro line is true, right?
But it is no quite true.
Ms Cartland sets her stories in a fluffy-pink fairy tale environment. Wilbur Smith weaves the story into the wild and beautiful African landscape and its exotic flora and fauna,
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if you aren’t an adventure genre fan (and I’m not), Wilbur Smith can always be counted on to generate fast-paced action-packed contextually-accurate adventure romps. He writes knowledgeably and candidly about Africa for whom he’s a champion advocate, weaving his fabricated plots around appreciably well-researched fact.

A Time to Die follows Sean, commercial big game hunter and tough ex-army beefcake who agrees to take his wealthy client and proud activist daughter beyond the game park and a
Serban Georgiana
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ador aceasta serie ,si-mi place nespus de mult felul in care scrie Wilbur Smith.Aceasta serie este fabuloasa.
Inca de la primul volum al seriei pur si simplu nu te poti abtine si te indragostesi iremediabil de Africa.Cred ca nici un alt autor nu a zugravit-o mai bine asa caum a reusit Smith.Felul in care a reusit sa plaseze personajele familiei Courtney si cum a impletit destinul familiei in istoria Africii ,este minunat.
Nu poti ramane pasiv atunci cand citesti aceasta serie,mi-au placut enorm
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Questo libro detiene il record di contenere il punto più basso toccato in tutti i romanzi che finora ho letto di Wilbur Smith - e non è che gli altri mi siano piaciuti: ma quando mi sono trovata a leggere di una fanciulla che, in pieno territorio di guerra razziale, appena fuggita dalla prigionia, aggrappata alle fronde di un albero abbattuto in balia della corrente nel mezzo di un fiume pullulante di coccodrilli affamati, disarmata e inseguita da nemici armati fino ai denti, propone all'u
Eva Hunter
Wow, I just finished reading the book...and am filled with the feeling "I'm glad we made it through".
I read this book, because it got picked at the book club and am not sure if I would have read it on my own account.
Nonetheless, I'm glad I read experience the richer.

I like how the book starts of as a safari trip and turns into this life and death experience. It was an interesting move of the author to even describe the story through the eyes of the animals at times, so the reader gets a
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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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