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La spiaggia infuocata (Courtney #4)

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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 e l'ha visto partire dopo la vittoria. L'ha ammirato e lo ha amato, senza limiti, e ha capito di doverlo seguire. Ma l'Africa che accoglie la giovane donna, dopo una navigazione avventurosa non ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 522 pages
Published September 1993 by TEA (first published 1985)
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Jul 04, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Returning to the Courtney series, Smith takes readers into the next generation of the family and their exploits. While fighting the Great War in Europe, Michael Courtney, illegitimate son of Sean Courtney, crosses paths with a young Frenchwoman, Centaine de Thiry. They soon fall in love and during a passionate night, conceive a child. They plan to marry and return to the African subcontinent after the war, much to Centaine's curiosity and delight. While running a routine air reconnaissance missi ...more
This is a marvelous series and just keeps getting better.
Oct 26, 2014 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww1, africa
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
Roberta Zanella
Read it twenty-six years ago. The tv series was pretty nice.
Erica Mukherjee
Aug 14, 2009 Erica Mukherjee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-mystery
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
Jan 15, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2011 Marcris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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.
Jul 16, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Tom Tabasco
Oct 30, 2012 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Wilbur Smith book. Hidden behind a title that screams "Trash!"
Barb Thompson
Did not finish
Jun 13, 2017 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! An amazing adventure and such a great story. Looking forward to the rest of the books about the Courtneys'
Mar 10, 2014 Pablos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Nov 12, 2009 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been slowly re-reading this series about 30 years after the first time I read them. This time I'm reading them in order, last time I don't think I did. It's been an interesting series to re-read. I remember the stories, but not really - more like I remember the broad outline of the story, but very few details. That being said, I'm sure I'm getting different things from them now because I'm reading them with different eyes - a different phase of life and more experiences under my belt. I'm f ...more
Sara Biondi
Feb 13, 2017 Sara Biondi rated it did not like it
Ho letto poco più del 20% in meno di un mese, e accade raramente. Quando accade, significa che il libro mi fa proprio schifo. Non gli ho trovato un senso, la storia è statica, lo stile noiosissimo, e anche i momenti che teoricamente dovrebbero emozionare di più (ad esempio una scena di amore) sembrano scritti e messi lì solo perché ce n'è bisogno. Privo di passione e di qualsiasi emozione che non sia la noia.
È il primo libro di Smith che ho provato a leggere e ne ho un altro in lista, spero che
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
Sep 13, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller
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
Feb 03, 2013 Art Tirrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Donna Beckley
In past books we have met Michael, Sean Courtney's natural son, but raised by Garrick Courtney as his son. This story starts with the first world war in France where we meet Michael. He is a pilot. Wilbur Smith's description of what it was like in fighting this war, the horror and terrible death toll, brings it to life. In France Michael meets, Centaine de Thiry and falls in love. He is killed and she is left to give birth to his son alone. She heads to South Africa to be with the Courtney famil ...more
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
Nov 11, 2011 Henri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave Fellows
Jan 24, 2016 Dave Fellows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars. This is some start to the next sequence of Courtney adventures. For a start, the main protagonist is female, unique so far in my own readings of Wilbur Smith. I have nothing against the tried and true strong, warrior-like male main characters, but it was a nice change of pace to journey through a woman's eyes this time, and Centaine is as strong and fiery as any of the Courtneys. It was also nice to meet some of the characters from the first sequence, some of whom met their demises du ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Frahorus rated it really liked it
Quarta di copertina:
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,
Dec 10, 2011 Gloria75 rated it liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Sarie Weaving
Nov 21, 2014 Sarie Weaving rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 20, 2016 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another adventure of the Courtneys. This time it is set in WWI in France at a time when England is at war with Germany. It is a turbulent time as you can imagine, especially for Michael Courtney a young pilot and this young french woman who wins his heart. But it ends in tragedy on the day he is to marry her. But follow the adventure from there into Africa. There is a lot to like about this story.
Jan 16, 2015 Gaston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ty Parsons
Jul 25, 2011 Ty Parsons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a bit slow, too detailed, and with too many facts and characters straight from the start, but it eventually opened up. The details, characters and facts continued, which make the book special, but they became more likable for my taste. The French part of the book may have set the scene, but seemed almost mundane and went nowhere. It's not 'till the African part, did the story really come alive.
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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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