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Product Details

  • Series: Courtney Family (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031294067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312940676
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Sound of Thunder

"A violent saga-type story set on Boer War South Africa and told with vigour and enthusiasm, the author of When the Lion Feeds spins a fine tale."– Evening Standard

"A highly readable novel of history and adventure ... Wilbur Smith has a sense of character too." – Books and Bookmen

"An extravagant and vigorous novel ... its many pages provide constantly changing incidents and a gallery of memorable portraits." – Liverpool Daily Post

"The pace would do credit to a Porsche, and the invention is as bright and explosive as a fireworks display."  – Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Wilbur Smith

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)      


"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--The Washington Post Book World

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times

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More About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages

Customer Reviews

What a fabulous story.
RAOCRAY
It is the second in a series of books,would recommend reading the first one "When the Lion Feeds" before getting into this one.
Centaine7
Great portrayal against a historical backdrop.
Rahul Deb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Returning from a four-year ivory-hunt in the hinterland, Sean Courtney is plunged directly into the Boer War. We follow Sean's military career throughout the conflict, with the machinations of his rival twin-brother, now a colonel, always lurking in the shadows. Wilbur Smith has done his research here, the story is painstakingly correct historically, and it gives the reader a very good picture of the many nuances that lay at the heart of the Boer War. Given the sheer volume and span of Smith's writing, obviously, some characters are treated more superficially than others. The turn-of-the-century Sean Courtney is an exception. He is someone the reader truly gets to know. This is a hero for sure, but nonetheless one that is also fraught with weaknesses and flaws that serve to give the character credibility. "The Sound of Thunder" is one of the cornerstones for the reader who wants to follow the Courtney dynasty. The key members of the cast that is to follow originate here. Also, the beginnings of the business empire of the Courtney's appear in this novel. You may read this as an action novel or a history lesson or both, you'll enjoy it regardless. The good news is: there is more to come!
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By sandy807 VINE VOICE on December 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Sound of Thunder is apparently the sequel to When the Lion Feeds, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was looking forward to continuing the story of the explosive relationship between Sean and Garrick Courteney, but was somewhat disheartened by the lengthy section of the book dedicated to war. I found myself reading quickly through the parts that dealt with war strategy and killing, and upset by some of the grisly details of the way men and horses suffered and died.
I did learn, however, something about the Boer War, and was struck how two European nations (the English and the Dutch) had invaded Africa, and then set to killing off each other for control of it, a land which wasn't theirs to begin with.
Getting beyond the war scenes, when the Courteney brothers return home, for me, the juicier, more satisfying part begins. Sean Courteney, the main character, is really quite a character, an unlikely hero who is not always noble in thought or action. He occasionally gets drunk and gets into fights, but otherwise he's simple, honest straightforward, and quite lovable. Unfortunately there's a huge misunderstanding between him and his brother Garrick which has caused an ugly division between them. In this book, it seems that the difficulties they share will be passed on to the next generation, for there is enmity between Sean's children, who are unknowlingly half-brothers. Sean's devilish son Dirk is a disappointment to him, whereas Michael makes him proud. Having read this book, I am set to find out what happens among them in the next book, A Sparrow Falls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gustafson on May 20, 2009
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Smith is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. He spans not only the continent of Africa but time itself. I rank him in the top five story tellers of the age. Thanks Wilbur and keep them coming!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Gibbs on December 30, 2007
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Don't mistake the Courtney series for a history lesson, but it's a close second for an interesting overview. Just returned from a trip to Africa and this author was recommended by people we met in South Africa. The characters are engaging and the descriptions of the bush and the camps are wonderful. Smith has a reputation for diligent research wrapped into a good story.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ernest F. Pagragan on August 31, 2004
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I have all 29 novels written by Wilbur Smith (soon to own the 30th) and I have to say without reservation he is one of the best authors on the planet, finishing one of his books is like losing an old friend. He writes in the most grippingly descriptive style I have ever read and his homework is impeccable. If you have not read this mans work you have missed one of the great literary adventures of all time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James E. Trott on February 19, 2008
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I read a lot and came across Wilbur Smith when my next door neighbor kept speaking of him. My ideas of African adventure were far removed from what Smith writes about. If you like DeMille, Flynn, Shaara, and the like you will love Smith. The back cover of his books says it the best. "Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." Just make sure you read these in order or you will be lost, only sad when the set comes to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lou Edelstein on November 25, 2007
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What a super series! You just dive into the book and experience vicariously all the rugged passion of AFrica. Wilbur Smith, keep writing!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Temm on June 9, 2004
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Wilbur Smith is one of those authors who seems to always get it right. I first started reading his books as a teen and have yet to read any that did not measure up. His writing does not deem to be PC (all white activity in Africa is bad...)but writes of conditions as they were for both the colonial settlers and later the natives as they encountered each other. He writes of a way of life in Africa that is considered both evil and deservedly dead in a way that reminds you that those Boers, English, Hottentots, Zulu, Xhosa, etc were human-all full of the foilables of humanity not simply saints and devils. His descriptions of Africa in the 18/19th century mesh well with the later stories of Africa in its post colonial modern nightmares. You can see families as they move through from early settlements to modern times. The characters are robustly developed and the backgrounds well researched, from medical problems/weapons/languages to story lines that are not full of stereotypes, Mr Smith is the master of literature on southern Africa and its history. I cannot recommend his books too highly!
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