In this richly detailed historical novel, Wilbur Smith fleshes out a bloody holy war in late-19th-century Sudan. After decades of brutal misrule by the Egyptian khedive, the Sudanese rebel under the leadership of Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahd (the Expected One) a charismatic religious extremist. To protect their national interests and rescue their nationals, the British fight the rebels but are driven back after the savage siege of Khartoum. Smith, a master as his craft, interweaves realistic historical detail with stunning dramatic action. Download and start listening now!