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It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off southern Africa, lying in wait for a galleon of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient laden with spices, timber and gold ...'The scope is magnificent and the epic scale breathtaking ...Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' The Times 'An epic and gripping tale' Mail on Sunday 'Meticulous research supports constant excitement in a fast-moving tale' Washington Post 'A gripping tale, relentless in its flow, that evokes a more colourful age - one of passion and a majesty of spirit that is seldom illustrated with such nerve' Daily Express
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages. Find out more about Wilbur Smith by looking at his author website, www.wilbursmithbooks.com