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Smith signing a copy of Assegai, London Leon Courtney, the eldest son of Ryder Courtney leaves home after a fallout with his father, and joins the army with help from his uncle Penrod Ballantyne. Penrod arranges for him to be placed as apprentice to professional hunter Percy Phillips in order to allow Leon to spy on movements of man and machine in German East Africa, as he suspects the Kaiser of preparing for war. Eva and Otto later use the safari to meet with Koos de la Rey , in which Otto agrees to support a Boer coup in South Africa, an act that would destabilize British power in the continent. Otto later attempts to hunt a lion in the traditional Maasai way - with an assegai and shield - but he is mauled by a second lion during the hunt.

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Once he graduated, he joined the Goodyear Tires and Rubber Co. He then became a member of the H. Smith and Son Ltd. In he began collaborating with Salisbury Inland Revenue. The book itself and the energies he spent during the writing process convinced the author to become a full time writer. His novels are set in Africa, the continent where the author was born and also the place he loved the most, and their plots usually have a political flavor. As a matter of fact, his dream was to be a journalist to explore social and political issues related to South Africa.

His Writings His novels are divided into different groups, which he called series: the Courteney series, the Ballantyne series and the Egyptians series. While his career was evolving, he also got married throughout his life he will marry 4 women , and his third wife, Danielle Antoinette Thomas with whom he married in , became one of his greatest sources of inspiration.

The woman, however, died on the 29th of December after a long illness. As he lost her he also lost an important muse. The first twenty 20 publishers who review his work, in fact, reject him. This rejection, however, became a positive element for the artistic development of the author: in fact, he decides to focus first and foremost on what he loves, the fantastic African landscapes, the people who lived there, the African history and the wild flora and fauna of the continent.

It was, however, the meeting with Danielle that really pushed him towards the second phase of his professional blossoming. Thanks to her, the love scenes in his novels acquired a peculiar grace and the characters suddenly became more refined and credible.

The complicity of the couple is also manifested in the dedications: every book Wilbur writes is dedicated to his wife. It is also said that he decided to begin a new book on every wedding anniversary. His Success Over the course of his career, the writer has sold over 80 million copies, and his novels have been translated into countless languages.

The ingredients of its success are: precious materials, indigenous elements, wild animals, sweet and beautiful girls, young men, strong and determined, courageous women, death, blood, love, anger and betrayal — a mix of strong emotions. The places he describes are evocative, strong and wild, and the situations are often unexpected and shocking. As a child, Wilbur Smith loved reading C.

Forester, John Buchan and H. Rider Haggard. He also wildly admired Lawrence Durrell, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Robert Graves, and, in some way, the influence of these great artists is extremely clear in his books. He is truly a unique writer. Wilbur Smith currently lives in England, despite having always stated that he fells African and that Africa has always been his main inspiration. To be completely fair, he has never failed to express his concern about the struggles the nature and the people of his native-continent face everyday.

Africa is always in his heart. It tells the story of two brothers, Sean and Garrick Courtney, who meet a large antelope on their way back home. From that moment Sean becomes the protector of his brother. After leaving school, both brothers begin working as ranchers and Sean falls in love with Anna, a beautiful and sweet young woman.

Meanwhile, the Zulu and the white ranchers begin to fight, and the resulting war proves to be a massacre for the white people, numerically overwhelmed. Sean takes part in the war, he miraculously survives and he decides to hide until he can run back home. Meanwhile, however, Anna, pregnant with Sean, believes her lover died and marries Garrick … The Sound of Thunder, published in , is the continuation of the story of Sean Courtney.

This time, the man decides to go hunting elephants with his child, but when he comes back he finds himself in the middle of the war between the British and the Boers. He decides to join the battle to save those he loves and his beloved Africa. The first one among them was The Dark of the Sun, originally published in the year , which became the film The Mercenaries in Then it was the turn of Shout at the Devil, who appeared on the big screen with the same title of the literary work in the year Gold Mine, published in the year , became Gold and was released in the year Once again, Roger Moore was the artist chosen to play the protagonist.

Finally, the most recent adaptations: River God published in the year and The Seventh-Scroll published in the year were converted into a mini series titled The Seventh Scroll, which was released in We recently conducted a poll among visitors and the Memory Man series was voted the 8th most favourite series by all readers. If you ARE an avid reader of it then great news — a new book is coming out very soon!!!

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Assegai by Wilbur Smith

Once he graduated, he joined the Goodyear Tires and Rubber Co. He then became a member of the H. Smith and Son Ltd. In he began collaborating with Salisbury Inland Revenue. The book itself and the energies he spent during the writing process convinced the author to become a full time writer.

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Plot summary[ edit ] Smith signing a copy of Assegai, London Leon Courtney, the eldest son of Ryder Courtney leaves home after a fallout with his father, and joins the army with help from his uncle Penrod Ballantyne. Penrod arranges for him to be placed as apprentice to professional hunter Percy Phillips in order to allow Leon to spy on movements of man and machine in German East Africa, as he suspects the Kaiser of preparing for war. Eva and Otto later use the safari to meet with Koos de la Rey , in which Otto agrees to support a Boer coup in South Africa, an act that would destabilize British power in the continent. Otto later attempts to hunt a lion in the traditional Maasai way - with an assegai and shield - but he is mauled by a second lion during the hunt.

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