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.
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-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth—but also danger.
Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army. While spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach’s beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg.
On the eve of the World War, Leon stumbles on a plot by Count von Meerbach that could wipe out the British forces in Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach’s plan, and in grave peril as he learns more about the enigmatic Eva.
Set amidst the tensions that will spark a war across continents, Assegai delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that has made Wilbur Smith an internationally bestselling author.
About the Author
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
"One thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by fans."--"Publishers Weekly""There is a reason Smith is a hugely popular writer of historical novels: his remarkable talent for re-creating historical periods and crafting characters we care about is virtually unmatched in the genre. Smith [has] been entertaining readers for nearly five decades, and if this novel is any indication, he is showing no signs of slowing down."--"Booklist""'A Rider Haggard for our times' - Financial Times """ 'The unflagging career of Wilbur Smith is remarkable. Smith, 76, began publishing in the mid 1960's. He is not only the only author from that era to endure: John le Carre, P D James, Ruth Rendell and Dick Francis are also stars still. But he, unlike them, remains popular in a genre - gung-ho adventure... Defying another trend, Smith's hardback novel "Assegai" has, albeit at heavy discounting, outsold every novel in paperback'. - "The Times" 'Smith writes with passion and close observation about the sights and sounds of Africa...once you've started reading it you will certainly keep turning the pages."--"The Daily Express" "Smith manages to serve up adventure, history and melodrama in one thrilling package that will be eagerly devoured by series fans"--"Publishers Weekly" 'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on. Terribly competent ...' "- The Sunday Times" 'A thundering good read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smiths books.' - "The Irish Times"Praise for Wilbur Smith"Smith is a master." "--Publishers Weekly ""One of the world's most popular adventure writers." "--The Washington Post Book World ""A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." "--Tulsa World""Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." "--The Times" (UK) "Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuck
Number Of Pages: 673
Published: March 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions (cm): 18.9 x 10.8 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.35