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Golden Fox (The Courtneys of Africa) Paperback – April 7, 1995

3.9 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 8 of 13 in the Courtney Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Smith's ( A Time to Die ) 22nd novel, already a bestseller in England, adds to his reputation as a writer of suspenseful, knowledgeable thrillers. Isabella Courtney is the only daughter of a wealthy, influential South African family. Ramon de Santiago y Machado is the calculating, cold-blooded villain who skillfully pursues, seduces and impregnates her, then uses the child as a pawn to force her to participate in his cause: a violent revolution against capitalism. In desperation, Isabella is forced to seek help from her family, and it is here that Smith's skill in building tension shifts into high gear. The final chapters are fast-paced and action-filled, augmenting the effects of realistic settings and exemplary prose throughout. Though Smith sometimes focuses too long on unnecessary detail, this is an entertaining novel by a gifted, intelligent raconteur.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Smith's newest novel about the Courtney family centers around Isabella, the only daughter of Shasa Courtney, South Africa's ambassador to England. Ramon de Santiago y Machado, secretly known as El Zoro Dorado or the Golden Fox, concocts an elaborate plan to seduce Isabella, impregnate her, and then use the child as a pawn to further terrorist plots against South Africa. She gives birth to a son, Nicholas, whom Ramon kidnaps when he is one month old, setting in motion Isabella's betrayal of her beloved family and country. Smith excels at creating finely drawn characters; descriptive settings in London, Europe, and Africa; and a masterful development of an action-packed thriller that gets better as each new predicament unfolds. Expertly written, this novel engulfs readers until the very last page. --Nancy Bard, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA-
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Courtneys of Africa (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New Ed edition (April 7, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330317504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330317504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on February 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's also the least of the series-- all others I've read warrant at least 4 stars, and some 5. "The Courtneys of Africa" series is as follows: Birds of Prey, Monsoon, Blue Horizon, When The Lion Feeds, A Sound of Thunder, A Sparrow Falls, The Burning Shore, Power of the Sword, Rage, A Time to Die-- and THEN Golden Fox. So you'd be unwise to start here; I'd even say you could dispense with it altogether, as it's a weak ending to the story. But it ties up some loose ends of the 20th century version of the clan-- Centaine, born with the century, and her son Shasa, and his four children, Sean, Garry, Isabella, and Michael. The story runs from 1969 to the late 70s, and is rife with minor anachronisms-- Smith wrote this in the early nineties and forgot that kids didn't have videos to pop in and watch back then, etc. The plot is turgid romance and espionage, and the weakest book I've found from Smith-- start anywhere else but here. "Birds of Prey" is a solid adventure story, and will serve as an entree to the Courtneys, if you've a mind to get to know them....
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I agree with many of the comments already made. This is an exciting, readable book but the central premise is flawed. Given how close Bella is to her family and how unrebellious she appears, it seemed totally out of character for her to betray her country and family in this way. Also I found the rescue far-fetched. Smith has written many better books (personally I prefer his non-Courtney books anyway) but I think if you like action and family drama this will still prove difficult to put down.
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I really like all the Wilbur smiths books i have read except the 7th scroll. And even that was much more readable than this. Wilbur Smith writes yarns so I am not looking for a plausible storyline but this just reeks of a childish romance novel. the first 100-150 pages of this novel are so unremarkable that I had completely forgoten I had read this book before untl the entrance of the inimitable character of Centaine. Sasha just seems a shadow of his former self. As someone who likes this author(River God, Warlock, Monsoon, Birds of Prey, The Delta Decision, Rage are all incredible books), I would like to advise new readers, please dont form opinions based on this. Everyone is entitiled to a bad book.
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I had read the paperback a long time ago. This re -read was enjoyable.
The book is a bit lengthy and dwells for long periods on the history of places like Ethiopia, Cuba, Angola etc.
It still has inimitable Wilbur Smith style in it. We meet the familiar characters, the entire Courtney family, Centaine, Shasa and his children and the whole lot.The African flavour is alive and well.
The story flows is fast and reaches its climax at breath taking speed.
One glaring flaw is the lack of editing this Kindle edition. There are tens of spelling errors, almost one on each page as average. I am amazed such careless job, that too by Amazon.
This should be totally avoided in future, if one is to enjoy the books read in the past.
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This is #12 in the Saga of Wilbur Smith's Courtney Family. The Saga begins with "Birds of Prey" in the mid-1700's and proceeds through thirteen volumes to the mid-1960's. The opening 'scene' in this volume takes place at a Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park.
If you have never read any of Wilbur Smith's work, now's your chance. You won't regret it.
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I know very little about Africa but these books in this series that I actually read a few years ago when a friend gave them to me were very interesting and told a lot about problems between various settlers in that time period.
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It covers all what one would expect for being a "Page-turner". Just wish that when buying a WS Novel, it should emphasis what Part it represents of the "Courtney Series". I say that because I happen to read the "Golden Fox" prior to "Rage" not realizing that one is the continuation of the other. This now makes Rage more predictable to read. To bad, however, it should be emphasized in the short Description when while looking to buy. Therefore, not the fault of the Author!!!!!!
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Typical Wilbur Smith Africa. The next to last of the Courtney books, set 1969-1979. A very good historical fiction read that should be read in context with Smith's other 12 Courtney Africa books. The content is rough and graphic and will be disturbing for many readers. I have read all 13 of the Courtney books and have found them all to highly entertaining and educational. For anyone interested in African history this is highly recommended.
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