Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312203399, 544pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1999
One man. Three sons. A powerful destiny waiting to unfold.
Monsoon is the sweeping epic that continues the saga begun in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Birds of Prey. Once a voracious adventurer, it has been many years since Hal Courtney has dared the high seas. Now he must return with three of his sons - Tom, Dorian, and Guy - to protect the East India Trading Company from looting pirates, in exchange for half of the fortune he recovers.
It will be a death or glory mission in the name of the crown. But Hal must also think about the fates of his sons. Like their father before them, Tom, Dorian, and Guy are drawn inexorably to Africa. When fate decrees that they must all leave England forever, they set said for the dark, unexplored continent, seduced by the allure and mystery of this new, magnificent, but savage land. All will have a crucial part to play in shaping the Courtneys' destiny, as the family vies for a prize beyond any of their dreams.
In a story of anger and passion, peace and war, Wilbur Smith evinces himself at the height of his storytelling powers. Set at the dawn of eighteenth-century England, with the Courtneys riding wind-tossed seas toward Arabia and Africa, Monsoon is an exhilarating adventure pitting brother against brother, man against sea, and good against evil.
"[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."
- Kirkus Reviews
"[A] nonstop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour. This is what makes a Smith book worth reading."
- Midwest Book Review
"Only a handful of twentieth-century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith...a rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftmanship."
- Tulsa World
"A masterful tale of action and suspense set on the high seas, [in] arid deserts, and steaming jungles... Clever plot twists and lavish historical detail...a smooth blend of adventure and romance, thenovel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas."
- Publishers Weekly
"Smith is one of the world's most popular and prolific adventuer writers."
- The Washington Post Book World