Look up "classic adventure novel" in the dictionary and you'll find the strong and capable features of South Africa's own Wilbur Smith, who--in books as varied and enjoyable asRiver God,The Seventh Scroll,When the Lion Feeds, andThe Diamond Hunters--displays an awesome storytelling ability. His latest is one of his best efforts: a richly detailed story of war and piracy on the high seas in 1667, 150 years beforePatrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin books.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the fourth time I've attempted to place a review of this book on-line. Well maybe the fourth is the charm. This tale's a sweeping adventure about English (and other) pirates in the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic along the southern African coastline during the days of English-Dutch colonial conflict in the 17th century. The first quarter of the book, unfortunately, is tiresome as it's rife w/cliches: the noble Sir Francis Courtney ("pirate" captain and knight of the … more