I have to confess I’ve never read a Wilbur Smith novel. I guess I’ve always thought that they were not quite my “thing”.
That being said the new Wilbur Smith novel, The Tiger’s Prey, is released today and it caught my attention this evening when I noticed that it was written “with Tom Harper”.
Harper is an author I’ve reviewed here before, specifically his Alistair Maclean style thrillers Zodiac Station and Black River. I enjoyed both of those so who knows, maybe this one will be the first Wilbur Smith I get around to reading.
In the meantime here’s the blurb…
The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family…
Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his Devonshire estate when his stepfather’s gambling debts leave him penniless and at risk. He sails to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and Francis intends to avenge his death and make his fortune in the process. However, upon his arrival in Cape Town, he uncovers a truth that leaves him overwhelmed and disoriented.
Christopher Courtney sets out to make his own way in the world, giving up his privileged position as the son of the Governor of Bombay. The perils and betrayals on his journey carve a fierce warrior out of him, but they also harden his soul and lead him to greater violence and treachery. As the lives of these two Courtney men intertwine, the sins of the fathers will forever alter the lives of a younger generation.
The Tiger’s Prey takes readers on an epic journey from the southernmost point of Africa, through the perilous waters of the Arabian Sea, to the lush Indian coastline. It is an incredible and breathless tale of intrigue and family betrayal from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.