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The New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time returns with a pulse-pounding tale of danger, courage, and suspense.

Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled both vicious enemies and nature itself on the high seas, finally reaching the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh. Now, half a generation later, they are successful and contented: merchants and family men, prospering on the very edge of an immense and beautiful continent, ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time returns with a pulse-pounding tale of danger, courage, and suspense.

Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled both vicious enemies and nature itself on the high seas, finally reaching the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh. Now, half a generation later, they are successful and contented: merchants and family men, prospering on the very edge of an immense and beautiful continent, Africa. In the tradition of Wilbur Smith’s earlier bestseller, Monsoon, this spellbinding new novel introduces the next generation of Courtneys. They are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, traveling along the infamous “Robbers’ Road.”

It is a journey both exciting and hazardous—-one that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals. But the most dangerous predators of all are other Europeans, crazed by greed, jealousy, and lust, and determined to destroy utterly all members of the Courtney clan. This quest for vengeance results in a desperate chase—-both on land and sea—-that is one of the most extraordinary in modern literature.

Blue Horizon is a truly great adventure story, told by a master novelist at the height of his powers.

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of Smith's previous chronicles involving the swashbuckling Courtneys (The Sunbird, etc.) will embrace this event-packed addition, which finds the British clan plying the shipping trade in 18th-century South Africa. Set 25 years after Smith's Monsoon (1999), it concentrates on the family's "new" generation-headstrong young Jim Courtney and his proud cousin Mansur. The feverish action begins when Jim falls under the spell of a stunningly beautiful prisoner aboard a Dutch convict ship. Naturally, she is guiltless. Naturally, he helps her escape into the dark continent's wilderness, placing them both in peril and the family business in jeopardy. What follows is a relentless succession of harrowing chases, narrow escapes, battles on land and sea, assassinations and assignations. Pigott-Smith's British accent, at times clipped enough to draw blood, softens to an almost roguish intimacy during the novel's romantic interludes, when women writhe "voluptuously" or make gifts of "the flower of [their] maidenhood." For the scheming non-British villains, he opts for a sinister whine that resembles the voice of the late Peter Lorre on speed. In short, he is the ideal audio interpreter for this highly melodramatic, ripping yarn. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's/Dunne hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 28). (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This recording is a bit longer than others on the market and about a quarter the length of an unabridged reading of Smith's 620-page novel. He fills in a gap (mid-1700s) he left in his Courtney family series set in Southern Africa. The fine reading by Tim Pigott-Smith helps to keep the listener engaged, though Smith fans will sorely miss his finely detailed descriptions of the countryside, people, wildlife, and macho imperialism that breathes real life into his fictionalized 18th-century African history. Tom Courtney's son Jim falls in love, abducts his future wife from a Dutch prison ship, and is chased through the unexplored wilderness, capturing herds of cattle and tons of ivory along the way. Of course, he encounters a host of nefarious characters, gory killings, narrow escapes, romantic sex, deceptions, betrayals, masquerades, several sea battles, and a couple of sieges. It's a lot of fun. Folks familiar with Smith's other works will enjoy this a bit more since they will recognize terminology that is not well defined here. Recommended for adventure fiction collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Superprolific chronicler of Afro-colonial glory days Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family from where it left off in Monsoon (1999). The outcome of Smith's Big African Adventures is never in doubt: big lusty white men will prevail over evil, grasping white men with considerable assistance from hordes of adoring black men who have had the good sense to recognize lusty leadership when they see it. So what tension there is must come from the many, many, many intermediate battles between the big lusty white men and the evil, grasping white men, and from the electricity that flies between the big lusty white men and the fair bodies of the straight-shooting, outdoor-loving women lucky enough to come into their lives. Sailing now into the lives of the superrich 17th-century British Courtney family is long-legged Louisa Leuven, a plucky Dutch orphan who escaped the plague only to fall into the clutches of a sexually predatory, sadomasochistic, Amsterdam burgher who framed her when she tried to blow the whistle on him. As the ship transporting her and other hussies to the Indies rounds the Cape of Good Hope, Louisa captures the heart of young Jim Courtney, who, when the ship comes a cropper in a squall, spirits her away, enraging the grumpy Dutch overlords of the Cape Colony and forcing the entire Courtney clan to flee with their fortune. Louisa, understandably off sex for the present, is not immune to the manly charms of her rescuer, but Jim is a perfect gentleman, never pushing, just showing her a swell time as they hack their way north, dodging pursuers, slaying animals by the score, riding the finest horseflesh in Africa, prying the biggest tusks anyone has ever seen from elephantsunlucky enough to meet up with them. While the young folk blaze new trails, the older generation sails up the east coast and into big trouble. Time to call in those adoring native armies. Utter nonsense, but as readable as ever. Really big retro-fun for the gents.
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Praise for Blue Horizon

"More than 600 pages of pure pleasure...Smith can stretch a yarn and drag every emotion you have along with it...Smith has a way of drawing you into a story, and the time period matters not a whit."-Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)

'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' – The Times

" Everything Smith’s fans have come to expect from his epic adventure novels. His consummate skill at crafting vast battle scenes, passionate and wildly romantic characters, cruel and bloodthirsty villains, and larger-than-life heroes makes Blue Horizon irresistible." — The Flint Journal

“The eleventh volume in Smith’s saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance.”—Booklist

“A swashbuckling, brawling, sprawling historical epic. Rich, exciting, and fascinating.”—Library Journal

“Really big retro-fun.”—Kirkus

 “Gripping. The writer’s fans will enjoy the ride.”—Publishers Weekly

“Master storyteller Smith takes his story into another generation of adventurers battling on the sea and on land in the settling of South Africa.”—Tulsa World

“The eleventh volume in Smith’s saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance.”—Booklist

 “Adventure and danger at every turn.”—New York Daily News

 

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312278243
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Series: Courtney Series , #11
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, which have been translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over eighty million copies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    A nice series to read

    Wilbur Smith is the last of the great epic writers. His tales are mesmerizing and addictive. River God, Seventh Scroll, Birds of Prey... these novels are worth reading. I was caught off guard when I learned that Wilbur has a new release of 'Blue Horizon'. I am sure that it will live up to expectations. A 'good tree' such as Wilbur Smith cannot produce 'bad-fruit'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    The quality of his novels never faulters!

    I started reading Wilbur Smith many years ago as a young women....his novels of Africa entranced me. Now his novels, especially those of the Egyptian era, keep me just as entranced. I can't put the book down once I start reading. He can't write fast enough to suit me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Wilbur's The Reason I Can't Sleep at Night!

    I first found a dog earred copy of 'The Angels Weep' Since that time I have tracked down every single book he has ever written. 'Just one more page',(this at 4 a.m. in the morning). I feel as if I am in the African Veld. I have never been disappointed in anything Wilbur Smith has ever written. Wonderful Author.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    Loved it

    Just what I have come to expect from a Wilbur Smith novel....wow... awesome... amazing... wonderful story with adventure love suspence it will even make you laugh out loud I loved it! You feel like if you know the characters. A must read!

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Wilbur Smith at his best!

    Blue Horizon is such an amazing read! The charachters are so rich and well developed that you feel as though you know them. You smile at their playful banter, you suffer along with them, you long for them to succeed, you celebrate their victories. This is my personal favorite of all Wilbur Smith books I've read. Wilbur Smith's descriptions of the vast scape of the African continent make you feel as if you are there within the story. I can't wait to read even more of the Courtney family exploits.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Cinematic, absorbing, mind blowing.

    Smith writes cinematic secenes that just grab and draw the reader into the action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    First Time Reading One Of Wilbur's Books

    I'm only on page 300 but i love it already! I work at an airport and found the book that someone put down from a flight. I will certainly get more of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    A Courtney clan follower...............

    Even though this is an 800 page book, I finished it in no time at all! Smith makes the rigging on a ship,the capturing of natives, and the high sea battles, interesting for a woman to read. I can't wait to read what follows with the Courtneys.Little George seems to be a future, colorful character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    You must be kidding!!

    It was with great hope that I looked forward to listening to a 12 cassette edition of an adventure story while commuting to work. I was awestruck by some of the ludicrous settings. An example is what horse in his right mind is going to charge into a raging sea to rescue someone? Not any horse that I have ever been around. I struggled with tape 3 and was blessed with sleep within a few minutes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    Wonderful and daring

    This book has taken my breath away. Even though i usually don't read fiction I dared to read this one. I am intrigued by the discribtiveness of the country and the inclution of all the cultures involved. I have rarly enjoyed a story as this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Wilbur Smith has done better

    I rated this book 4 because 3 1/2 was not an option.I have read twenty-six of Smith's books and would rate all but five as 4 or 5. Warlock was a real failure. Blue Horizon suffers from too many battles, man versus beast and man versus man with blood, guts and more blood with all battles ending up with the obvious outcomes. I look forward to more adventures of the Courtney clan, hopefully their goals will be achieved with less killing and more ingenuity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    Epic, Romantic, Enchanting!!

    A master storyteller weaves his web. I thoroughly enjoyed drifting into the world created within these covers....it's my first Wilbur Smith but it will not be my last! The art of the thriller is not dead!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    READ IT READ IT READ IT....then READ IT AGAIN

    Wilbur Smith is not capable of writing anything that is less than outstanding and Blue and every other book is proof of that! One of the numerous qualities to his books is that he takes time to describe a lot about the culture and history within his stories....and he does it with great accuracy. Although he takes a small amount of libery with some timelines or historical figures, check history books and you'll find hime to be very very accurate and respectful of every culture, religion, or person mentioned in his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Non-stop Adventure!

    I've read all of Wilbur's books and have never EVER been disappointed - and this book is no-exception. His words flow into picturesque scenes that allow you to float in and experience it. Once you've read a Wilbur Smith book, you will have a new standard to judge all others by. Through details, history and culture he takes you on a journey full of surprises, laughter and thrills. This book is a MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    EXCITEMENT FOR LISTENERS IN THIS READING

    Topnotch voice performer Tim Pigott-Smith gives an exhilarating reading to the latest adventure yarn by one of our most popular authors. By turns suspenseful or serene, but always spellbinding Pigot-Smith's reading adds even greater depth to a thoroughly entertaining tale. In this eleventh installment of the lives of the Courtney clan we are reminded that brothers Tom and Dorian Courtney proved their mettle while conquering enemies and forces of nature on a treacherous sea as they made their way to the Cap of Good Hope. The story takes up some 25 years later to find the brothers successful and content as fathers and merchants, settled near undeveloped Africa. True to form Smith now introduces the next generation of Courtneys - Jim and Mansur who, very much like their fathers before them seek to make their individual marks on their part of a beautiful yet dangerous continent by traveling the 'Robbers' Road.' This route holds much in store for both: romance, mortal risk, and reunion. Each of these elements meld into an exciting saga as only Wilbur Smith can imagine it.

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