Wilbur Smith's first, dynamic best-selling novel, When
the Lion Feeds, was an epic of the early days of South Africa.
Now this outstanding writer has conceived a modern epic, which has the
same swift-flowing, action-packed narrative.
Bruce Curry sets out with a trainload of mercenaries to relieve a mining town in the heart of the African jungle. The journey turns out to be a nightmare, softened only by Curry's meeting with Shermaine, a Belgian girl with whom he falls passionately in love.
In a sinister atmosphere of omnipotent evil, Curry struggles to preserve the new tenderness that has grown between himself and Shermaine, and fights to stay alive.
Taut with sustained excitement, this powerful novel puts Wilbur Smith at the forefront of today's storytellers.
The Dark of the Sun was filmed as The Mercenaries.
About the Author
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into 26 different languages.
Praise for "The Dark of the Sun"
'In places this novel is horrific; always it is exciting, strong and clear' - "Daily Mail", 1967
'If the phrase ' a mans book' has any meaning, it describes this powerful, savage ... gripping, fast moving novel.' - "Books and Bookmen",
' A well-knit, fast -moving, adventure story ... The action is swift, taut and convincing ... The portrayal of men and situations, of jungle and outpost is colourful and alive. It is a 'big' book, quite irrespective of its length.' - "Scotsman", 1997
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 swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King
"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"The world's leading adventure writer." "--Daily Express" (UK)
"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times"
"Smith is a captivating storyteller." "--The Orlando Sentinel"
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror "(UK)
"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times"
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: August 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.14