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In this sweeping adventure full of danger, action, and intrigue, the master who has been the model for bestselling authors such as Clive Cussler and Bernard Cornwell returns to his longest-running series, taking fans back to the very beginnings of the Courtney family sagaThe son pirate and merchant Sir Frances Courtney, Henry “Hal” Courtney was raised at sea. When war brokIn this sweeping adventure full of danger, action, and intrigue, the master who has been the model for bestselling authors such as Clive Cussler and Bernard Cornwell returns to his longest-running series, taking fans back to the very beginnings of the Courtney family sagaThe son pirate and merchant Sir Frances Courtney, Henry “Hal” Courtney was raised at sea. When war broke out between the English and the Dutch empires, his father, fighting for the English crown, attacked a fleet of Dutch East India Company ships off the coast of Africa. That bravery was met with betrayal, and Sir Francis was executed. His heartbroken son witnessed his death and dedicated his young adulthood to avenging his father’s name. Now, twenty years of war have passed. It is 1784, and a truce has been made between the English and the Dutch, ending the long years of battle on the seas. Hal, too has changed. He has become the captain of his own ship, and is soon to become a father himself. Navigating his crew across the waves of danger, Hal sails his ship, the Golden Bough, from the slave markets of Zanzibar to the pirate-riddled waters of the Indian Ocean in search of fortune and treasure.But though the war is over, the final battle has not been won. Soon, Hal will learn that the more a man achieves, the more he has to lose. . . .Bursting with swashbuckling action and thrilling adventure, this magnificent novel breathes new life into one of Wilbur Smith’s most beloved family sagas and confirms his status as our “best historical novelist” (Stephen King)....

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The Golden Lion Reviews

  • S.J.A. Turney
    2019-01-18 12:17

    A fascinating book and one I was looking forward to reading. I’ve read a few of Smith’s novels in the past and he’s a recognised master of the pen and I’ve read everything Giles has written and have yet to be disappointed by him. So something written by both of them? Well it had to be a win.The book is the latest in the Courtney series of which I had thus far read only one. Since Smith books tend to leap about a bit era-wise and the Courtney series more than most I didn’t know what exactly to expect.The book is set in the reign of Charles II with characters who remember the civil war all too well. It takes place on the Indian Ocean and the shore of Africa around Zanzibar. It involves an earlier villain previously presume dead and a series of revenge plots. It is as action packed and evocative as you would expect from either writer.There are echoes of pirate era tales and of Napoleonic naval books, of African adventure and of British Empire colonialism. There are aspects of religious conflict, of slave trading, of piracy and hunting of snares and rescues, of sea battles and duels. Essentially it should have something for every reader of action adventure.Having recently involved myself in several different collaborations I am intrigued as to how this one was carried out. I have experienced alternating chapters, separate parts to one novel and even multiple viewpoints. This one bears the hallmarks of none of them.The writing to me feels more like a Smith book, as though Smith has essentially written the prose right through. But most aspects of the plot feel very Giles Kristin to me, from the superb and chilling array of villains to the hairpin plot twists to the camaraderie of the sailors right down to the locations.The combination has produced an excellent tale whatever the case, though I couldn’t help but feel that Giles’ part was somewhat downplayed in the novel’s paperwork, with his name in relatively small print, a scant mention and no picture on the flyleaf etc.So the upshot… would I recommend it? Yes I would. I suspect that readers of both writers will enjoy it. I think readers will get most from it if they have at least some familiarity with the Courtney novels and in particular the one that comes chronologically immediately before this but that being said I had not read that one and the book still worked for me. A hearty slice of adventure in an unusual milieu I would say and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Skorofido Skorofido
    2019-01-07 06:22

    Με τον Γουίλμπορα έχω μια σχέση που έχει ξεκινήσει πολλά μα πάρα πολλά χρόνια πριν… όταν ακόμα φλέρταρα με την Εύα, να Εύα ένα μήλο…Η πρώτη μου επαφή ξεκίνησε ένα άνυδρο ελληνικό καλοκαίρι σε κάποιο ξεχασμένο νησί… Παραλία, πετσέτα και μπόλικη αμμουδιά… Ήταν η εποχή που κουλτουριαζόμουν ασυστόλως και τα μόνα βιβλία με τα οποία κατέβαινα στην παραλία ήταν οι δερματόδετοι τόμοι του Τολστόη και μια χιλιοδιαβασμένη έκδοση του «Ζεν και της τέχνης της συντήρησης της μοτοσικλέτας»… Κάποτε όμως τα βιβλία μου τελείωσαν, οι διακοπές όμως όχι και η μόνη λύση για διάβασμα ήταν τα Bell που είχε το μοναδικό μίνι μάρκετ της περιοχής… Έτσι ξεκίνησε το φλερτ με τον Wilbur Smith και κατέληξε μάλλον σε εμμονή αφού έχω διαβάσει ό,τι δικό του έχει κυκλοφορήσει εις την ελληνικήν…Ο «Χρυσός Λέων» είναι το τελευταίο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα (με τον Giles Kristian) και ανήκει στην κατηγορία των Κόρτνει… Ο Smith έχει συγκεκριμένη μανιέρα και θεματολογία στο γράψιμο του, οπότε ξέρεις και τι θα βρεις… Αφρική, Άγγλους πειρατές, κακούς συνήθως Ολλανδούς, σαφάρι, άγρια ζώα, ζούγκλες, δουλεμπόρια κι όλες τις φυλές της Μαύρης Ηπείρου…Τα ίδια υπάρχουν και εδώ… Το βιβλίο διαδραματίζεται στα 1670 όπου ο Χαλ Κόρτνει ετοιμάζεται να παντρευτεί με την Ιουδήθ (τη στρατηγό Ναζέτ), όμως συμβαίνουν πολλά και μέχρι να βρεθούν ο ένας με τον άλλον, διαβάζουμε διάφορα…Χολιγουντιανό στόρι, γρήγορη πλοκή (αυτά δεν με ενοχλούν όταν επιλέγω Γουίλμπορα ξέρω τι θα διαβάσω…), όμως λυπάμαι αλλά αυτό το βιβλίο δεν είχε τη μαγεία των προηγούμενων… το εξέλαβα ως μια ασθμαίνουσα προσπάθεια να δώσει κάτι από τη μαγεία των Κόρτνει, όμως πέρασε και δεν άγγιξε… Χώρια που σε κάποια σημεία θύμιζε τέτοιο Άρλεκιν που εντάξει θα ξεράσω…Λυπάμαι Γουίλμπορα αλλά με απογοήτευσες… Πρέπει να έχεις κι ένα θέμα με τα ‘πουλιά’ τώρα τελευταία… Μετά το ‘πουλί’ που φύτρωσε στον ευνούχο Τάιτα στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο σου, ένα μισερό ‘πουλί’ και στο Γύπα…5.5/10 (για χάρη των παλιών καλών ημερών)…Υ.Γ. Και μια και είπα να πάρω και μέρος στο Readathon 2017 (αν δεν βαρεθώ γιατί ως σκορόφιδο βαριέμαι κι εύκολα…), ο «Χρυσός Λέων» κατατάσσεται στην κατηγορία ‘Ένα βιβλίο που διαδραματίζεται πριν το 1800’.

  • Paul Parsons
    2019-01-06 11:04

    Now this one sounds like the old Wilbur Smith. Dated back in the time of Birds of Prey, this one has great heroes, heroines, and gross villains willing to put their enemies through all kinds of inhuman torment. Wooden sailing ships, buried treasure, African fighters protecting their European masters...good stuff.

  • Ndola Hutton
    2018-12-23 07:18

    I really, really did not like this book. It was recommended to me by a regular at work, and I no longer trust their opinion. This book is why I need feminism, and why the world needs black lives matter. There is exactly one female character (two others show up for maybe twenty pages, so I'm not counting them), and despite being a fearsome warrior, she spends half the book waiting to be saved by the main character. She is also pregnant, a condition that quickly takes over her entire character. Judith also falls prey to being a perfect. The male characters are complex, with faults and advantages, and Judith is just a shining pillar of light who is there for the main character, Hal Courtney, to love and cherish. Ugh. Secondly, for a book SET IN AFRICA, the main protagonist and antagonist are British. The African characters are also one dimensional - from the loyal but simple sidekick, to the evil and greedy foreign Prince. Wilbur Smith treats everyone who isn't a white British man as a caricature. And even if we put that aside (which I can't), the narrative itself reads like a made for tv movie. There's a lot of sword fights, or duels to the death, masked men and harems. The end escape is really rushed and the falling action barely exists. While it was definitely an easy read, do not waste your time with this 600 page piece of trash. Okay, end/rant.

  • Robin Carter
    2019-01-12 13:27

    Review:I have thought long and hard about the best way to approach reviewing this book and as usual i have decided to fall back on my usual frank open honest feelings and hope nothing offends.I’m not a reader of Wilbur Smiths books and im a huge fan of Giles Kristian’s, i have read both authors multiple times so feel i can comment on either style.The book opens in dramatic style and and roared into action but very soon (for me) i felt that the book became something very much led and styled by elder statesman of thrillers, Mr Smith rather than a true collaboration and that was always my concern as i’m not his biggest fan, mainly because i feel a series should not go on for that many books (14 Courtney books now) and each book should improve on the last, and i think his stopped doing that some time the rest here:

  • Antonella
    2019-01-02 08:05

    Riprendere una serie di cui il primo "capitolo" (Uccelli da preda - edito nel 1997) è stato letto nel 2006, è stata veramente dura! Dopo dieci anni, quindi, ho fatto fatica a ritrovare personaggi e situazioni, anche perché mi pare che lo smalto del "vecchio" Wilbur Smith si sia un po' opacizzato. E le quattro mani si avvertono, eccome se si avvertono!Forse il caro WS sta forgiando eredi...Ma c'era proprio bisogno di questo "tassello" per colmare un vuoto che, personalmente, a suo tempo, non ho minimamente avvertito?Inutile... Carino (non di più!), ma inutile...

  • Wendy
    2018-12-31 10:16

    It was with a little scepticism that I decided to read Wilbur Smith’s latest book, Golden Lion. Being a big fan of Wilbur Smith, his last two books were really disappointing and his latest book is the first one that has been co-written with Giles Kristian.This story does not disappoint though as the style that was used was similar to his earlier books. Returning to the adventures of the Courtney family, we follow the adventures of Hal Courtney, Captain of the Golden Bough in the early 17th Century. Travelling along the East Coast of Africa, Hal sails with his pregnant lover, Judith Nazet, who is a well-known warrior known as General Nazet. Hal encounters his arch-enemy, The Buzzard, who is out for revenge after being terribly disfigured when he had been left for dead. When Hal and Judith get caught up in the slave market, some of the scenes depicting the treatment of slaves in the Zanzibar slave markets as well as various torture scenes such as surviving in shark infested waters almost makes the reader want to squirm. Wilbur Smith really is an amazing story teller. The way he weaves many tense and exciting scenes together makes for a very exciting read indeed. This book’s focus was much more on adventure, love and revenge which I found to be refreshing, and exciting. Some of his previous books have focused heavily on graphically described torture scenes and sordid sex scenes. This book was more “wholesome” and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to reading Wilbur Smith’s next book whenever it comes out.

  • Carolyn
    2018-12-22 07:20

    Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith with Giles ChristianI finally finished this novel after a slow start!I must say it did start to really pick up and I started to really enjoy it and didn't want it to end.It was an African ship/sea adventure with tales of slavery, gold, elephants and the mention of lions.It's the first Wilbur Smith novel I've ever read and I must say it's well-written and an excellent swashbuckling tale set in Africa.If you love Ships and adventures set at sea you are going to love this novel.

  • Matt
    2018-12-30 10:01

    The Courtney saga draws to a close (at least based on the number of published work) with author Giles Kristian taking control of the ship and returning to the high seas. Henry 'Hal' Courtney is back for another seafaring adventure, this time in the early days after the passing of his father. The novel opens with Angus Cochran (nicknamed the Buzzard), nemesis of Hal's father, Francis, washing up on land, missing a hand and eye, clinging to life. Cochran is nursed back to health and then enslaved by Maharajag Jahan, the ruler of Zanzibar. Jahan wishes to see Hal Courtney killed for his antics in the Ethiopian War, which saw the Muslims defeated and Allah displeased. Kristian returns to this sub-plot throughout the novel, but also focusses on the protagonist, young Hal. While sailing with his crew and new wife, Courtney is challenged by a Dutch vessel, seemingly unaware that England and Holland have calmed their disputes. Courtney is able to overtake the ship and its entire hold, including a prisoner, an Englishman named Pett, who is haunted by a mental apparition. Pett speaks regularly with this figment of his imagination, which directs him to murder Courtney. Working alongside an enemy of Courtney's, Pett tries to murder Hal, but is killed instead, alerting the Captain to the price on his head. When Courtney discovers that his wife, a famous Ethiopian general before her marriage, is pregnant, he is elated in hopes of having an heir to carry on the Courtney name. Working to fulfil his side of the bargain with Jahan, the Buzzard is able to capture Judith and imprison her as they sail back to Zanziabar. Courtney stops at nothing to find his wife and return her to the safety of his ship, though even doing so does not end the danger that awaits him. In a last-ditch effort to bring Courtney's head to the Maharajah, the Buzzard hopes to attack Courtney at the site of his buried treasure, gathering more rewards than he could have previously imagined. This will be a battle to the bitter end, pitting one man's honour against another. An interesting addition to the Courtney series that has enough action to keep Smith fans interested.While the book is labeled as the fourteenth instalment in the Courtney collection, it might better be called "nine and a half", fitting nicely between Birds of Prey and Monsoon. The novel examines Hal Courtney and his connection to Judith, who receives scant mention in Monsoon. While the story follows Smith's general maritime adventure outline, complete with all the essential elements, there is a distinct flavour loss when Kristian takes up the pen and seemingly ghost writes the novel. I have read different sources on whether this was a joint venture or a new author using one with a great deal of NYT Bestseller experience to advance his cause. Either way, the idea is strong enough and does dabble into the life of Hal Courtney that was missing from Smith's earlier third series novels, though its depth and attention to detail seems a little too light for my taste. Swashbuckling and gory battles, alongside anti-Muslim sentiment and excessive description of female anatomy make the transition from Smith's own writing somewhat seamless, though Kristian ought not seek to quit his own job as a writer and continue on with the Courtneys, Ballantynes, or other series that Smith has made popular on his own. Decent enough, but surely not Wilbur Smith or the Courtney family at their best.And so I have come to the end of my epic read-a-thon of the Courtney saga's fourteen novels and the Ballantyne tetralogy, over 105 days of pure enjoyment. Throughout, I have been able to garner a wonderful idea of life in Africa, as well as the historical happenings throughout the continent. Unlike other authors, whose focus has been on a certain area or country, Smith expands his stories across much of Africa, while using the Courtneys and Ballantynes to hash out the wonders of colonial growth and tossing of said shackles to promote independence. Smith does offer a wonderfully exciting view of 19th and 20th century politics, especially as it relates to South Africa and Rhodesia (eventually Zimbabwe) as well as the grip the English, Germans, and Dutch had on the region, perhaps the most transformative of the novels in the entire series (see Courtney books 1-8, 12-13) and all four Ballantyne novels. Powerfully written and told from a variety of perspectives, so as not to label everything as Eurocentric in its narrative. Well worth my many days of invested time and I can only hope a few readers have followed my reviews and found great interest in what I have to say, as well as wanting to see what Smith says on the continent, its people, and most importantly, its development. WONDERFUL COLLECTION.Well done, Mr. Kristian for this final novel in the series. I can hope you realise that this series is untouchable and should not be picked up by another, seeking to fill in the gaps left by Smith, even if the pre-eminent author has given you carte blanche to do so.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Amanda
    2018-12-26 06:03

    The first thing I have to say is the cover of this book is beautiful. It just looks like an epic book and it is. Reading this book was like being drawn into an amazing adventure with the two main characters Captain Hal Courtney and his love Judith Nazet. They are the heroes of this story and the love story between these two was so sweet. I also loved that Judith was just as tough of a fighter as the men. This is the first book I've read in the Courtney series and I definitely want to read more because I enjoyed escaping into this action filled book so much. This book was kind of Game of Thrones meets Pirates of the Caribbean with a dash of Man in the Iron Mask. The villain in this story is a man called the Buzzard and he certainly was a scary opponent. I absolutely recommend this book. Thank you to the Goodreads giveaway and William Morrow and HarperCollins publishers for this book.

  • Manuela
    2019-01-15 11:20

    Wilbur finalmente torna a ciò che gli è più consono, con cui si sente più a suo agio: Africa, pirati, storia, Courteney. Finalmente si sente di nuovo l'atmosfera di casa, con Hal, Aboli, Judith; è stato fin troppo lontano da questa saga e da questa famiglia. Ci sono sempre superuomini e superdonne che non muoiono mai e che se la cavano in ogni disavventura, ma non sarebbero Courteney altrimenti! Buon ritmo per 2/3 del romanzo, poi sul finale si perde un po', e il finalissimo è fin troppo affrettato. Speriamo non ci faccia aspettare altri lustri per colmare le lacune della continuity di questa famiglia.

  • Mark Donovan
    2019-01-14 07:01

    This was a tough read. Mr. Smith and his writing partner tried to fit so much into the book that it seemed to just run from one scene to another without a lot of in depth meat in any one section. As a result, I felt the characters were not as well developed as Mr. Wilbur usually does. I gave it three stars more out of respect for Mr. Smith's past work than this current one. I hope he does better in his next book.

  • Kenny
    2018-12-24 13:10

    OK, it's too harsh to say that this isn't a great book - most of the Smith ones I've read haven't had any aspirations to be anything more than boys own adventure. And delivered it. This is another one with good goodies and bad baddies. Basically, casting would be from the 50s and 60s - good looking chisel jawed, decisive leads, and disfigured, disgusting or morally reprehensible (or both) baddies. It's a two and a half or a book of two halves.What frustrated me is that Giles Kristian is a very good writer in his own accord - I thoroughly enjoyed his Raven series of Viking books. So maybe I had higher expectations. Some of the action scenes are good. However...The first half I just found annoying. The madman assassin picked up by the ship is a minor aside of a character - instead he takes up the first half of the book without anything else much happening. And it really grated that he acts against what little internal logic he seems to have just because he's mad, innee? Mad! Er, so why would a Christian fanatic take against the Christian hero-captain who rescues him to work for a Muslim who hates them? Er... Nope. Second half gets a bit better with a Treasure Island run and trip onto mainland. But still, I found the characters a little flat even for what I was expecting. Frankly both can do better. A shame really.

  • M. Sofia
    2019-01-13 05:13

    The title of the book has little to do with the plot itself, if not a vague quote at the beginning, the book is addictive.The style of Wilbur Smith is always light, fluent, accurate and pleasant and egregious is the characterization.There are no unnecessary characters. Even the extras are functional to the story and really well presented. The author has done a perfect job in making these characters move in an exciting and varied history, which are themselves to enrich and make it more interesting.We are sailing in the seas of Africa and to cross some of its lands, chasing up and down the frantic adventures of Courtney and his men. "The Golden Lion", is the story of the captain of the vessel Golden Bough, the British commander Hal Courteney, brave soldier who distinguished himself in the battles between Muslims and Christians, the defense of sacred relics like the Grail and the Tabernacle, and the son of a another great commander (and privateer), loves Nazeth, valiant and beautiful Ethiopian warrior; important is his friendship with Aboli mighty warrior, and incredibly well-described is the battle against his worst enemy: Angus Cochran, otherwise known as the Vulture.Populated by brave men, pirates, sultans, unscrupulous and cowardly, and animated by adventure, honor, love, friendship and revenge, The Golden Lion like to lovers of adventure novels."They are not slaves to smell. The stench is that of the souls of men that reduce them to slavery."

  • Tony Nielsen
    2019-01-04 13:20

    As I have been an avid reader of Wilbur Smith's prolific writing over about three decades now it pains me to apply a two star rating to his latest, The Golden Lion. Frankly it could easily have been a one star. Unfortunately The Golden Lion is formulaic and repeats, not as well, the books that he became a best selling author for, way back when. Its a tale of piracy off the African Coast, with one of Smith's favoured families represented by a young maverick sea captain Henry Courtney. Smith has, in the past, cleverly written and rewritten history through his novels, especially around the African continent, with a number of centuries as his focus. So too have his stories about ancient Egypt. Although he is only 83 and probably has more of these historical novels in him, The Golden Lion, is, for me, a low-light in a previously illustrious career.

  • E
    2019-01-18 07:18

    This is a bit of Smith getting back to his "roots" (with the addition of a co-writer, a la Tom Clancy or James Patterson). We're back in the late 1600s, with a bit of the best of both Smith worlds: adventures on the high seas and African bushwhacking. The addition of a co-writer has led to a few differences. One was a number of anachronistic phrases (none come to my mind at present, but they stick out like a sore thumb when reading, and I don't remember this problem previously). The sex is also way reduced, believe or not. Or this could just be because Smith is now in his 80s and just isn't in to that anymore. Who knows!Anyhow, this is a better effort than his last 2 works, for sure. It does not match his South Africa- or Rhodesia-set novels (what could?), but it is a nice addition to his oeuvre that adds another generation to the Courtney clan.

  • Tom Tabasco
    2018-12-25 12:17

    Wilbur Smith gets back to his basics with this book, with a certain simplicity of plot, although his distinctive voice is still there. Yes, the perfect macho man gets ridiculous at times, and some hyperboles are spinning out of control, but do not make the mistake of putting Wilbur Smith in the bunch of "adventure writers" as if he was just one among many: for the richness of the descriptions, and for the great confidence about the African background that the author exudes, this is adventure writing at its very finest.

  • Emma
    2018-12-26 13:23

    This new chapter in the Courtneys saga was great! Already Birds of Prey was one of my favorite hist fiction books.... and Monsoon was a stunning sequel ... Having this story that takes place in the middle of the two books was great. It brought me back to a saga I love and it was no disappointment.Great adventure!

  • Nancy
    2019-01-06 11:58

    Always a rollicking tale. The Golden Lion continues the Courtney family saga, taking the reader back in time and around the world. Wilbur Smith is one of those authors you can count on to deliver a fun and engaging story every time. Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy of this book. This in no way impacted my review.

  • Rodney Lutes
    2019-01-01 05:04

    Hard to put down. Had a very abrupt ending which was unsatisfying. Overall I think that it was a good story and will be liked by most readers.This was a go of story but the ending was very abrupt and a lot to be desired. Overall it is a book worth the time to read

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-17 04:59

    the book starts out really gruesome, what almost made me give up, fortunatley I didn't! After the first 30 pages we finally see the master at work once more. I have read every novel in the Courtney series and I wasn't disapointed by this one. A nice new novel in true Wilbur Smith style!

  • JortPestman
    2018-12-20 10:17

    Reasonable plot, not Wilbur's best though. Missing the connection with the other Courtney novels which I enjoyed thoroughly. Maybe an idea to continue from the last.

  • Tori
    2019-01-11 04:59

    Sweeping swashbuckling adventure. Works as a standalone. I can vouch for that because this is the first I've read in the Courtney series.

  • Dave Fellows
    2018-12-20 05:15

    4/5 stars. Overall, this is a compelling adventure featuring my favourite Courtney character, Hal. The action is as savage and breathtaking as any of the previous Courtney novels, but I think the book is weaker for the co-authorship. As I understand it, Smith outlined the story and Kristian did the writing, with Smith then “sprinkling his magic” on the manuscript. Now, I don’t know if it’s just an intended change for a less patient audience nowadays, but I didn’t feel the immersion I’ve felt from Smith’s earlier works. My opinion is that if this had been written by Smith alone, twenty years ago, it would have been twice as long, and all the better for it. Encounters take a few pages to blitz through in this book, whereas they would have been epic twenty page set pieces in years gone by. There are also a few instances of clumsy writing, which I can sadly only blame on Kristian, since it is it my experience of Smith after reading dozens of his novels. Furthermore, the climax is the briefest, most abrupt ending I’ve ever read. The main character himself barely gets to play a part in it. I was further disappointed in the lack of a segue into ‘Monsoon’, which follows this chronologically. Maybe there is room for another Hal Courtney adventure before the events of ‘Monsoon’.For all these minor gripes though, the story is still brilliant, and the book overall is not less than four stars. I just wish I could have been more immersed in it all, and spent longer feeling the thrill of yet another Courtney epic.

  • Charles Temm
    2019-01-11 10:17

    Looked forward to this book as I thought it would fill in some of the gaps in the overall Courtney Saga that has been such an integral part of Smith's writings over the years.That said, it fell rather flat. It lacked the depth of his earlier books and seemed rather rote. The last few pages actually seemed rushed as if they were solely there to close the book as quickly as possible. We do see some familiar characters and a few new ones but the depth to which Smith has traditionally done up his characters; both good and bad seems to have disappeared. The descriptive way he had of detailing the wildlife of old Africa also seemed missing.Perhaps it's me or maybe it was over anticipation but as a fan of Mr Smith's for some 50 odd years now, I will say I was disappointed.

  • Lakshminarayanan
    2019-01-14 07:14

    Wow ... The travel by Ship, the troubles that they face, the beauty of Africa, the fear from some quarters, the adventures ... its so nice to travel with Courtneys in their journey.Very fast paced and the whole story wound around east of Africa - land and sea kept your imagination always on the high.Only trouble I have is the chronology .... I didnt even know when Judith came into picture, in which sequence etc etc, but then who cares, the book is complete by itself with quick recaps and backgrounds that you dont miss anything. Looking forward for next

  • Katie Grainger
    2018-12-24 08:25

    Wilbur Smith's early work is second to none in the adventure stakes but I am afraid as time has gone on things havent improved. However this was a little like the author I have loved in the past. The Courtney series is probably the best of Smith's work but while this story is good it isn't a patch on When the Lion Feeds which was his first Courtney novel. The story in Golden Lion is a little one dimensional but is still worth a read. However if you are new to Wilbur Smith go back to the basics and read his early work.

  • Tilda
    2019-01-15 06:16

    Η αληθεια είναι ότι χρειαστηκα μηνες για να το διαβασω. Προσπαθησα πολύ να το τελειωσω νωριτερα αλλα, δυστυχως, επληττα και το αφηνα. Δεν ξερω αν ο Γ.Σμιθ εχει πια γερασει και του λειπει εμπνευση ή αν ο συνεργατης του δεν είναι ανταξιος του αλλα ειδα μια μανιερα βαρετη και ενοχλητικη. Σκεφτηκα ότι στην πραγματικοτητα η σειρα εχει ολοκληρωθει και τα προσφατα "γεμισματα" εχουν κυριως εμπορικο σκοπο.Μπηκα στο πειρασμο να δωσω χαμηλοτερη βαθμολογια αλλα επειδη γενικα απολαυσα τη σειρα, χαλαλι του.

  • Allison
    2019-01-13 11:21

    I've read two Giles Kristian books and a few Wilbur Smith books. Generally speaking, I enjoyed both author's books; however, this collaboration was wanting. It wasn't horrible, but not up to the caliber that I expect from either author. I found myself bored throughout the first half of the book and the second half seemed rushed. On the plus side, it is a quick read.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-21 11:15

    This presented an interesting perspective of event between Birds of Prey and Monsoon. It fills in a bit of the history between the two, mostly focusing on the time frame just after Birds of Prey. While I enjoyed it, I didn't think it quite had the impact the other two novels did. But still a worthwhile read.