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The secrets of a once brilliant civilization--buried for nearly 200 years in South Africa--seem about to yield to the probings of modern man.

But in this tale of high adventure, the riddles of an ancient culture conceal a menacing drama of love, hate, violence and death--all lying in wait to ambush an unsuspecting team of archaeologists. It is their fate to stumble across the find of a lifetime and to die by it as well.

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Overview

Part Two Of Two Parts

The secrets of a once brilliant civilization--buried for nearly 200 years in South Africa--seem about to yield to the probings of modern man.

But in this tale of high adventure, the riddles of an ancient culture conceal a menacing drama of love, hate, violence and death--all lying in wait to ambush an unsuspecting team of archaeologists. It is their fate to stumble across the find of a lifetime and to die by it as well.

"In the breathtaking backward sweep through time, the reader is transported to the last days of a lost and magnificent city and finds there a secret that finally gives up its terrible meaning." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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"When it comes to historical fiction, Smith is without rival."—Tulsa World

"Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read—until the next one."—Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451082565
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/1978
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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, and The Seventh Scroll. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    A Wonderful Story of Friendships, Betrayal and More

    The Sunbird is a very fun book. A book about an ancient civilization being uncovered by a brilliant hunchback named Ben, Sally his beautiful assistant and his fabulously rich friend, Louren, was exciting in and of itself for me. Add on top romance, betrayal and the friendships and you have got a true page turner. The story is really two stories that mirror each other, 2,000 years apart. <BR/>Ben Kazin is a very intelligent archeologist and he excavates a lost city in South Africa. His friend, Louren Sturvesant, is the rich, strong, handsome man who is funding the excavation. Along the way Ben falls in love with his assistant, Sally. It creates a slightly unexpected twist that I found very enjoyable. As they excavate other strange things happen as well, it¿s like an influence sweeps over them. While this is an extremely odd occurrence it helps them discover something huge. The second part to the story parallels the first, but takes place in the past as the people live in the lost city. This story tells of how the city falls and of what happened to the people in it. <BR/> This book is not for someone looking for a real thriller book, but if you are interested in a story that is historical fiction and that includes some adventure, suspense and romance, this may be just the book that you are looking for.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    River God!!

    When will a Nook version of The River God be available?!
    I love the Taita trilogy do much my hard copies are a bit dog eared. Now I have a Nook and all I can find is The Quest and The Warlock. I would settle for The Seventh Scroll but it only speaks of a long dead Taita.
    I guess Taita and Fenn were not meant to be long livers of that magnitude! (See The Quest).
    Please, no more study guides, I want the Nook version of The River God. Please????????

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    If you love African history, you must read this one.

    I stumbled across this book about 25 years ago and fell in love with it. The story line takes you back from modern times to a "dreamtime" in the past. The juxtaposition of the characters between the two time periods is great. All of Wilbur Smith's books about Africa give you a glimpse of history as it may have been. Some of the books are a little romantacized for my taste, but the history is good. Robert Ruark also writes about African. His books are more gritty and realistic. So try him out too. As far as "Sunbird", I read it at least once a year. Smith's prose carries you along with the emotions so well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    This book will be great the 3rd or 4th time you read it.....and you will.

    Nobody pulls you in to a story quite like Wilbur Smith. I stumbled across these books as a teenager, and this is one of his best. A great read that will make you want to be there in the middle of it. Enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Flashstrike

    Spots a vole and pounces.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    ANOTHER EXCELLENT WILBUR

    THIS GUY CAN REALLY TELL A STORY. HE NEVER DISSAPPOINTS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    I read this book whie I was pregnant with my daughter in 1976 an

    I read this book whie I was pregnant with my daughter in 1976 and I named her Tanith. I though the book was wonderful then and I still enjoy it to this day. Well written and moves right along. Well done.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Boring

    Worst book I have read in a while!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Another triumph...

    No author that I have ever ran across can deliver ancient societies and breathe life into them quite like Wilbur Smith. He writes of a nation that once was and makes you believe that you are "seeing" it.
    Quick paced - the story grabs you up and sweeps you into incredible discoveries and drops you deep into the past seamlessly. You simply cannot go wrong with anything he has written.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Superb!

    Wilbur Smith is one of my favorite authors. I had missed this early work and am delighted to have found it -- prime Smith fare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    HUGE FAN OF GOOD WRITING!

    I'm a huge Wilbur Smith fan. "River God" is the best novel I have ever read. Be sure you read "River God" before you read "Seventh Scroll". If you like "River God" and "Seventh Scroll" you will also love "The Sunbird". It is very similar in theme and is its own sequel in the fashion of "River God" and "Seventh Scroll". If you have read all the Wilbur Smith books like I have, you'll yearn for more, but it takes him years to come up with a new book these days. Now that many of his books are being reprinted, I am finding lots of fellow admirers of Mr. Smith. When you just can't wait for Wilbur to come up with another one, you might look at "Churchill's Gold" by James Follett. It is very similar in style and quality to most of the Courtney series.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Sunbird is a surefire hit

    Great book in the Smith style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    Can' put down Wilbur Smith novels...

    Author has researched in depth which makes the reader feel as if they can see what is happening as story unfolds...mesmerizing & thrilling...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Among the very best

    Sunbird was about the tenth book of Wilber Smith that I read. I started off with 'When the lion feeds' and then I was totally hooked on Wilber Smith books. For me 'When the lion feeds' was always the very best, but now 'Sunbird' is also one of my favourites. I almost didn't want to read the end because I didn't want the story to end. Now the wonderfull story is constantly in my mind as if I was part of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    sunbird as a first

    sunbird was the first wilbur smith i read.the rest were frosting on the cake. every one of his books are first-rate with me.i have bought every one of his books that i can find.

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