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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Courtney Family Adventure Series Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781427206770
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Wilbur Smith has won acclaim worldwide as the master of the historical novel. Now, in Assegai he takes readers on an unforgettable African adventure set against the gathering clouds of war.

It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth—but also danger.

Leon is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients: Count Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose company builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. While spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach's beautiful and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg.

On the eve of the World War, Leon stumbles on a plot by Count von Meerbach that could wipe out the British forces in Africa. He finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach's plan, and in grave peril as he learns more about the enigmatic Eva.

Set amidst the tensions that will spark a war across continents, Assegai delivers the fast-paced action and vivid history that has made Wilbur Smith an internationally bestselling author.

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  • Simon Vance does it all in Wilbur Smith's latest African adventure. Vance deftly becomes a Masai warrior; a powerful medicine woman; a German princess with a penchant for pain; a German industrialist hatching a conspiracy; and our hero, ex-soldier and great white hunter Leon Courtney...Great listening. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Mendis | 2/15/2014

    " bought a cheap copy. thought it would give me some historical background since I am going to Tanzania. enjoyed the plot although it became unreal toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Howard | 2/4/2014

    " Fun adventure story set in early 20th century Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 1/24/2014

    " The discription and action of big game hunting in Africa were exceptional. Very entertaining and fun to read. The contrived love story fell short for me. Leave it out. Get rid of it. Assegai was a good book but unfortunately it follows a predictable formula that kept it from being a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/13/2014

    " Currently reading this so can't really submit a review yet, however I cannot put this book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Dyson | 1/2/2014

    " After reading some reviews I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I really enjoyed it, it give you a good look into Africa and its people and animals. The characters were believable and if this is his worst book I am looking forward to reading more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/1/2014

    " An odd mix of different genres stirred into one book. We have historical fiction set just as WWI starts in East Africa. We have bodice ripping melodramatic romance. We have African adventure story. We have (lots and lots of) dangerous hunting stories. Some of it's a bit over the top, but it's an engaging story and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 12/27/2013

    " Another awesome book. Somewhat brutal in parts, but that is part of the culture in the books locale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel Roberts | 12/8/2013

    " great story teller brings Africa to life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 12/1/2013

    " Another Wilber Smith historical fiction, this time about Kenya in pre WWI!, complete with big game hunts, intrigue, romance, etc. A bit far out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/21/2013

    " A bit of Barbara Cartland meets the Masai. I did learn some about Africa, but I don't know if I would read another of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/26/2013

    " I thought it was great read, took me back in time to a new and rich environment. Excellent historical fiction, learned a lot abut theAfrican Rift and its people and politics around WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 3/18/2013

    " The novel has really good background on safaris in the early 1900's and the interconnections of Africa to Europe prior to WWI, almost Heminwayish. However, the the love dialogue is laughable--so stiff that it sounds like captions for a silent movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Llewellyn | 1/20/2013

    " Not bad.. interesting, but not as well written as some of his previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/15/2012

    " What an interesting new find for me. Historical adventures in Africa. Fast paced with enough cultural authenticity to make if interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dusty Burgmans | 9/1/2012

    " I have read nearly all of Wilbur Smith's books over the years. This was not as in-depth as many of his others and the character development seemed weak. The story was good and yet not as exciting or heartwarming as Sunbird or The Angels Weep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hayes | 2/6/2012

    " Absolutely fantastic!!!! I love the way Wilbur smith transports you to africa, into the hunt and you can feel, smell and taste the landscape...Another Masterpiece!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Very good but very long. There was a bit that was too mushy and not believable but, for the most part it was very very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jo | 2/22/2011

    " i would not have picked this book but it was lent to me by a friend and i really enjoyed it. it.s set in africa with safari.s and spys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/13/2011

    " Wilbur Smith is an incredible historical fiction writer. Not so great at writing romance, but I learned a lot about African safaris in the early 20th century, and a whole lot about British and German strategizing in Africa prior to WWI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 1/26/2011

    " I am becoming a Wilbur Smith fan! Loved his series set in Ancient Egypt, but Assegai took me in a whole different direction in Africa! As the Brits used to say, "jolly good adventure!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenna | 1/5/2011

    " Not my favorite Wilbur Smith book. It was very slow, and didn't keep my attention like his other books do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, it was a good story, a little far-fetched, but good old-fashioned adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 10/19/2010

    " Another Wilber Smith historical fiction, this time about Kenya in pre WWI!, complete with big game hunts, intrigue, romance, etc. A bit far out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 10/13/2010

    " Another awesome book. Somewhat brutal in parts, but that is part of the culture in the books locale. "

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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 thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.