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A Sparrow Falls: The Courtney Series 3 Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07892B8JF
- Publisher : Zaffre (1 Jan. 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 641 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,316 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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P.S. I have well in excess of 600 books on kindle now and it fits in my pocket!
In this third book, A Sparrow Falls our hero Sean Courtney has finished fighting the Zulus and the Boers and is now looking for somebody else to fight so he ships over to Europe to fight for the allies in WW1 where he meets Mark Anders. Mark becomes a surrogate son to Sean taking the place of one dead illegitimate son by his twin brother's wife and a legitimate but evil son by a previous wife, now deceased, who Sean has disowned.
Eventually Sean returns home to his wife, Ruth, and Sean enters into politics but still has to contend with considerable turmoil in his life. A lot of that turmoil from his daughter, Storm, named after a clandestine liaison in bad weather with Ruth while she was married to Sean's new best friend, Saul.
Sean and Mark realise that the wildlife of South Africa is nearing extinction and attempt conservation measures only to be undermined by Sean's evil son, Dirk. Dirk is determined to ignore environmental matters and plough ahead destroying the country for massive profits leading to a showdown towards the end of the book.
All along we are told of the tempestuous relationship between Mark and Storm which adds a bit to the book even though Storm is portrayed as clever, shrewd and stubborn and her actions are petulant, disloyal and stupid.
A bit of a cliff-hanger to the end but setting the scene for the heroes of later books to have native man servants and similar characters and tactics and general verbosity. I did get a feeling of déjà vu at some points but still a good read.
A beautiful rich spoilt daughter brought to her senses by a war hero, lover of the natural beauty of South Africa but unconcerned with money, and the evil actions of an only son.
As a story I felt this was a disappointing end for Sean, I'll be reading more books in the overall series, but in terms of his story I'd rather view his story as a duology.
This book also felt over long as well, though looking back I'm unsure what could be cut...
These are the bare bones of what rapidly develops into a compelling human drama. It is not a story about the accumulation of wealth, or even much about man's conquest of women. Instead it traces the rise and fall of the personal fortunes of the protagonists, love, happiness, the ability to give and the inability to give, greed, power and ruthlessness, the mistakes we so often make and the price we pay for our mistakes. As one move leads to another the pace picks up and action and excitement draw you forward. Wilbur Smith is not only a master of the fast-moving narrative, his evocations of the African landscape and its inhabitants in their many moods and conditions is unsurpassed. To me, this book succeeds above all as a novel, even and balanced, yet engrossing to the end. If you feel for Africa, I urge you to read it.
A great read for anybody,who likes a good plot,and adventurous story.