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The Sound of Thunder (Courtney Family, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007
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“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
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The Boer had developed tactical guerrilla warfare, with help of Kruger and others from The Zulu war and got Mouser rifles from the sympathetic Germans. Sean describes well the arrogance of the Victorian aristocratic army of Gen. Buller VC. Fighting by War Office manual and with mostly unfit soldiers and the bloodbath is in accordance on the British side.
Our hero becomes an officer and in the conversation with Gen. Acheson Sean suggest new tactics and erection of concentration camps for the Boer families. By doing this Sean takes the blame from the Queens officers for the atrocity. The New tactic came with the new arrivals from Afghanistan and Sudan. (Best described by Sir Winston in his book “ The River War “)
After armistice our hero takes part in the political aftermath and sides with Boers. This benefited the Empire much in WW1
It should be noted that greed for gold propelled the British to start the second Boer war and the Boers sued for armistice, as otherwise their families would have been exterminated in the concentration camps. Not mention this costs a star.
This whole series was recommended by a friend while we were discussing Bernard Cornwell's Sharp series, and once entered, proved every bit as addictive as promised. Wonderfully complex characters in a setting that the author not only knows well, but can describe in startling and loving detail. Africa has never felt so real. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes adventure novels with twists and turns of plot (though perhaps a few too many improbable coincidences) as well as bigger than life characters who still feel real.
THE SOUND OF THUNDER is a book that grabs your interest out of the proverbial starting gate. Wilbur Smith jumps right into the Boer War and doesn't let up. TRhis is another of his Courtney series, this time with Sean Courtney taking the reins and steering the action. Like most of his books there is remarkable history here, action and adventure, and the personal drama that's involved, with love lost and found, family struggles, and enough that kept me hoping for a longer commute.
It's an Action/Adventure novel of the best kind.
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A NOVEL THAT WILL WITHSTAND ANY TEST OF TIME.