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Birds of Prey

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Another breathtaker from Wilbur Sith

One of the best books I've ever read. Smith takes you for a ride through time and you feel and dream about the adventures in this book. After reading I wished to see a movie of this kind.

posted by Anonymous on February 17, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Far from the writer's best work

This is standard fare for Wilbur Smith, and is the first of three books centered on the family of Frankie Courtney and his son Hal. The others are Monsoon and Blue Horizon. While a rousing good adventure and generally enjoyable, Birds of Prey and its two sequels have no...
This is standard fare for Wilbur Smith, and is the first of three books centered on the family of Frankie Courtney and his son Hal. The others are Monsoon and Blue Horizon. While a rousing good adventure and generally enjoyable, Birds of Prey and its two sequels have nothing in particular to recommend them over the better work of this and other writers. As always the descriptions of Africa, its people and wildlife, and the rhythms of life there, are detailed and compelling. The genuinely new aspect of these is that they take place early in the great Age of Sail, which allows the writer to buckle his swashes and shiver his timbres. One wishes that he had known more about sailing, though, as this aspect of the three novels is almost pathetic compared to the work of Patrick O'Brian. It seems as though he read some of either Hornblower or Aubrey and just borrowed some key terms and general situations. The action is a prequel to the three main books of the Courtney Series, taking place over a century earlier. Fortunately or not it has no real bearing on the rest of the series. So while these three can be read out of sequence without spoiling the other novels, if read in order they shed no light on the next three books. In one respect Birds of Prey is interestingly unusual. The author uses a device similar to that used by Pasternak in Dr. Zhivago, wherein each of the three women loved by a Yuri Zhivago represent a different era in Russian life 'pre-, mid-, and post-revolution'. In this case each of several women loved by a character serve to center one part of his life, drive the action, and get him to the next part. Other reviewers have complained of graphic sex in these novels. This is somewhat inaccurate. While Smith is unashamed of the human body, and graphic in his descriptions of it, the only descriptions of loving are very non-specific. If you would prefer no mention of sexuality then don't read this (or the Bible). Overall, this writer has done much better work. Birds of Prey is not recommended for any but the newest or most indiscriminate of Smith's fans.

posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2008

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