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Summary

An epic story of nautical adventure and a battle for freedom by the master of adventure fiction.

1774: Rob Courtney is growing up in Fort Auspice, Nativity Bay, a trading outpost on the east coast of Africa, and has always dreamed of going to sea. When his grandfather Jim Courtney dies and the mysterious Captain Marston calls into the fort, Rob's passion is ignited, and he stows away on Marston's ship as it sails to England.

Arriving in London, Rob is seduced by its charms and makes friends with a group of fast-living men and ends up in terrible debt. Desperate and penniless, Rob can see no way out. That is until the navy comes calling. Rob enlists and is taken downriver to join a ship ready to cross the Atlantic and join the growing war against the rebellious American colonists.

Meanwhile, in America, Theo Courtney's two sons are coming of age in a society ever more divided between those loyal to the crown and those who seek independence for the American colonies. Even the family is divided, with Theo's oldest son, Cal, an ardent American patriot, while Theo himself feels a strong tie to his mother country, England. When he sees his younger brother, Aidan, killed in a fierce battle with the British troops, Cal vows he will not rest until he has avenged his brother's death by driving the British out of America - once and for all....

A powerful new thriller by the master of adventure fiction, Wilbur Smith, of families divided and a country on the brink of revolution.

©2022 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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A great addition to The Courtney Saga

Whether because of the delivery of the story, its content, or because The Birds of Prey series are my favourite of the Courtney books, in my opinion this is the best the Wilbur Smith spin offs. I’ll be hoping for further adventures by Tom Harper featuring Robert Courtney.

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Epic listening.

I have read many of the Courtney books when I was recovering from surgery. My wife listened to this book suggesting I listened to the book instead of music while I paint. I was drawn into the plot totally slowing progress on my picture.i highly recommend this book either to listen or read.

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  • 16-06-22

THE MASTER STORY TELLER TO THE END

As powerful as ever.

Thank you for a lifetime of unbelievable Entertainment, Knowledge and Memories.

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Excellent read yet again.

Wilbur Smith never disappoints, a great storyline and a gripping adventure story, I would highly recommend this book to Smith fans.

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Too long

I struggled to finish this book. The sex did not seem to add much to the story. Narration however was top draw.

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Gripping and fantastic voice overs

engaged me from the beginning excellently narrated and page turning story line. 100% recommend .

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A good story with jumps in credibility !

I enjoy Wilbur Smith's books but must confess this one left me a little dissatisfied. As usual Sean Barrett's reading is excellent but the story left quite a bit to be desired. A great listen if you're not a history nut !

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Storm Tide

A fantastic Book which was made even better by a fantastic narrator, gripping right until the end

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Brilliant series

Fairly new to audible books, but I’m really enjoying the Courtney series, and for me this has been the best yet, fantastic!! The Narrator, Sean Barrett, is excellent too. Great stuff!

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Epic from start to finish

The action, relationships, settings and descriptions are all on another level of amazing story telling.

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  • 28-06-22

Good Read

Another great book by Smith.
Starts a bit slow, but really picks up. Highly recommend.

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  • 28-06-22

He’s done it again!!!

The Master of storytelling did it sadly again. His final book was simply a tale woven in that gave us greatness from the first book to the last.I will continue to recommend his books when asked.they all have given me hours and hours of reading enjoyment. I remember reading Mr.Smith,s first book , reading with a flashlight,under the covers,and so gripping was the story I lost a nights sleep or up in the tale that told of the beginning of the Courtney line. To have this book be his final work is just fitting.I’m sorry that we never met, but I will be one of many that will enjoy each book again and again.

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  • 15-06-22

Mutiny at sea

loved it from start to finish even took my time and just stopped listening so i could get it all in

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  • Sytse
  • 03-06-22

Excellent adventure book

This is by far one of the better books written by Wilbur Smith and another additional writer. I was hooked by the characters the grandeur and the action. Even tough the ending was satisfying for me it felt a little too cheap. The characters deserved a better and longer ending and there was so much room for several chapters more. This was the only let doen in the book. Overall I really enjoyed it. With a better ending it would have been a classic instead of a very good book

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  • Andrew R.
  • 03-05-22

one of the greatest storytellers ever

another awesome story by my all time favorite storyteller. great characters, great plot , great reader