Golden Lion

Golden Lion

A Novel of Heroes in A Time of War

Book - 2015
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"The son of pirate and merchant Sir Frances Courtney, Henry "Hal" Courtney was raised at sea. When war broke out between the English and the Dutch empires, his father, fighting for the English crown, attacked a fleet of Dutch East India Company ships off the coast of Africa. That bravery was met with betrayal, and Sir Francis was executed. His heartbroken son witnessed his death and dedicated his young adulthood to avenging his father's name. Now, twenty years of war have passed. It is 1784, and a truce has been made between the English and the Dutch, ending the long years of battle on the seas. Hal, too has changed. He has become the captain of his own ship, and is soon to become a father himself. Navigating his crew across the waves of danger, Hal sails his ship, the Golden Bough, from the slave markets of Zanzibar to the pirate-riddled waters of the Indian Ocean in search of fortune and treasure. But though the war is over, the final battle has not been won. Soon, Hal will learn that the more a man achieves, the more he has to lose" --
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062276469
0062276468
Branch Call Number: FIC SMIT
Characteristics: pages ; cm

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teroknor
Feb 20, 2018

Sorry, just not up to his usual standards. Just got done reading "Birds of Prey" and went to this one. The only Wilbur Smith book I couldn't finish. Just not the same when writing by himself.

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funkydave
May 08, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book, but not as good as some his other books. Lots of action, and a fast moving plot yet the hummf is some how missing. One of the ways i judge books is in how involved he gets me in the story and this one was good but not great. Too bad all th eelements are there.
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zipread
Jan 15, 2017

I've come to be a great fan of the author, but strangely, this novel doesn't find traction with me. After a number of attempts, I haven't been able to get very far at all into this novel. Perhaps it's the setting; perhaps I'm not the swashbuckling type.
Wilbur, I'll have to take a pass on this one.
Sorry.

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dannnn
Oct 29, 2015

Another winner. Not as good as some of Wilburs but better than his other recent stories.

peteb63 Oct 15, 2015

Not a bad book but his writing is becoming more like an adult boys own.

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