By Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith has gained acclaim around the globe because the grasp of the old novel. Now, in Assegai he is taking readers on an unforgettable African experience set opposed to the collection clouds of struggle.
It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier became specialist hunter in British East Africa, publications the wealthy and robust from the US and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had by no means sought repute, yet an day trip along U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him the most sought-after hunters at the continent. quickly, he unearths that with big name comes not only wealth―but additionally threat.
Leon is recruited by way of his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to assemble details on considered one of his consumers: count number Otto von Meerbach, a German industrialist whose corporation builds plane and cars for the Kaiser's burgeoning military. whereas spying, Leon falls desperately in love with von Meerbach's attractive and enigmatic mistress, Eva von Wellberg.
On the eve of the area warfare, Leon stumbles on a plot via count number von Meerbach which can wipe out the British forces in Africa. He reveals himself left by myself to frustrate von Meerbach's plan, and in grave peril as he learns extra concerning the enigmatic Eva.
Set amidst the tensions that would spark a struggle throughout continents, Assegai gives you the fast paced motion and bright background that has made Wilbur Smith an the world over bestselling author.
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