Assegai

Assegai

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312567248
0312567243
Branch Call Number: F SMI

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OhioEngineer Jan 15, 2014

This is one of those books in which the first half is better than the last. The first part of the book is fast paced and very interesting. The last half is slow and boring at times. I pride myself on reading every word of a book, but I must admit that I skipped many pages in this novel. Don't get your hopes up too high and you won't be disappointed.

kevfarley Nov 02, 2013

Delivers.

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