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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,479 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Courtney Family Adventure Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427226907
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They've come from out of the shifting sands and down from ancient mountains. Mounted on horse and camel, carrying gleaming swords and plundered rifles, the sons of Allah are led by a holy warrior imbued with jihad,driving his army of thousands to wipe out the last Englishmen from the isolated Nile city...

Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum. In Khartoum, the fates of a legendary British general, a brilliant, mercenary trader, a beautiful woman and a courageous soldier will become one. They know that time is running out and rescue is improbable. So they prepare for one last stand--and the beginning of an epic journey of survival...

From a passionate rivalry for a woman to an unforgettable face-off between warriors, Wilbur Smith's The Triumph of the Sun is adventure fiction writ large--alive with the sounds of throngs, the terror of battle, and the mystical fire of human courage in the darkest moments of all.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Teel | 2/19/2014

    " This book is historically accurate and chock full of cultural and historical information. Not only that, the book present a wonderfully paced plot, wonderful characters, several spectacular surprises, and a heart-warming ending that even the hardiest testosterone lover would get misty at. Also, I just reread the book, and I loved even more the second time around. Really, if you haven't read this book yet, do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa White | 2/8/2014

    " Think I need to read more of his books, embarrassed that I read this in 2005 and not read another of his books even though I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/24/2014

    " Another great historical fiction from WS. Set in the Sudanese Sahara during British colonial rule. This is the best I have read from WS in a long time. An interesting, informative, and exciting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 1/21/2014

    " I thought that this latest book for Wilbur Smith was abit like a few other books and the ending was abit abrupt. However it is a good story and a good introduction for someone who has not read any Wilbur Smith!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 1/20/2014

    " It has been quite a while since I read a Wilbur Smith novel, and this book was lent to me by my great-Uncle. I picked this particular book from my uncle's bookshelf because it's set in Sudan, a place I visited last year, and I am interested in revisiting it in a literary sense. I've just finished a fantasy novel about adventures in outer space, so I'm looking forward to a raw, African epic adventure. I hope Smith delivers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Brown | 1/4/2014

    " I can't believe I never read Wilbur Smith before I stumbled on this book. After reading it, I educated myself on the author and his work. Like many prolific writers who crank out historical fiction, Wilbur Smith has created some fictional family trees, and crafted multiple stories around the generations thereof. In this novel, the Courtney and Ballentine families intersect during the siege of Khartoum. The novel takes the characters years beyond that event, and makes use of the author's extensive research on Africa, and the Sudan in particular, to provide a glimpse inside 2 distinct cultures. I suspect Wilbur Smith is a closet anthropologist...not just because of the attention he gives animals in some of his novels, but because of the human actions and interactions he depicts--usually according to type. This book has a lot to offer: adventure, romance, action, tragedy, and a couple happy mini-endings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/4/2014

    " If you're a Wilbur Smith fan - Here's another good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/28/2013

    " The way I always romanticized colonial Africa in the late 1800s. It's a slow read, but a good book overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 12/19/2013

    " The first 3 quarters of this book was vintage Smith. It seemed like he was going to write a sequel to this book but he didn't feel like it so he compressed a whole book into the last 1/4 of this book with a terrible result. A big disapointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayaaki Osawa | 12/9/2013

    " fucking loved this book. read it front to back in like 2 sittings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seracer2003 | 11/25/2013

    " This book concerns both the Courtneys and the Ballantynes... and is set in the Sudan... it's pretty cool. They are attempting to outrun a religiously crazed mob... by ferry... a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/26/2013

    " One of the best author's of African adventure. The siege of Khartoum doesn't pull any punches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/22/2013

    " Siege of Khartoum, Sudan, 1884-1885. A wonderful novel, have read twice "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 5/15/2013

    " Super depressing. I know its history, but wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/20/2013

    " A good story set in Egypt filled with war, hardship, and love. I love this book and Smith is one of my farvorite aurhtors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Wallis | 3/7/2013

    " A very good read. Wilbur Smith always takes the story in a different direction than what you think will happen. This book is one of them. A real good tale from the viewpoint of the Dervishes. A good tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 11/19/2012

    " Usually Smith tells a great story, but somehow this didn't cut it. The story itself was okay, lots of history so that was good, but his characters were horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 11/1/2012

    " Ah, Wilbur Smith: where did you get all these wonderful tales you told? The Courtney family books are my favorite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Fuller | 10/23/2012

    " This was a great book. Lots of history, lots of plot, add some sex, and the result was a terrific read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elesa Labanz | 7/20/2012

    " This is an exciting story about the Battle of Khartoum and the British Army's presence in Egypt. Very exciting and suspenseful and definitely not made to be a feel good movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/24/2012

    " I love all of his books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fi | 5/4/2012

    " Another gripping yarn: how does he do it? "

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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

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.