Birds of Prey

Book 9 in the Courtney Series

It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off Southern Africa, lying in wait for a galleon of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient laden with spices, timber and gold.

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'Africa!' The sound of that mysterious name on his own lips raised goose pimples along his arms and made the thick dark hair prickle on the back of his neck.

A simple mission. A battle for their lives.

It is 1667 and the war between the Dutch and the English continues apace. Sir Francis Courtney, his son Hal and their crew are carried around the southern tip of the African colonies by the good ship Lady Edwina, licensed to attack and seize the treasure-laden ships of the Dutch East India company. When they capture a Dutch trader and hold the passengers to ransom, Sir Francis hopes only for a good price and a small sense of satisfaction.

But this is unlawful territory they sail in. An unexpected betrayal will mean the men on board will face greater peril than they have ever faced before - and many good men may never see home again . . .

A Courtney Series adventure – Book 1 in the Birds of Prey trilogy.


Smith's novel is far more than your typical pirate script ... A fascinating account ... Smith deftly evokes not only the horrific but also the beautiful, particularly the lush landscape of Africa.
The Washington Post Book World
A rousing adventure story ... Smith is a captivating storyteller. His writing is fast-paces yet richly textured. His characters are unique and intriguing ... As with Smith's previous two bestsellers, River God and The Seventh Scroll, this latest epic transcends the average action-adventure yarn.
The Orlando Sentinel
Smith know what his readers want, and once again he delivers the goods.
Publishers Weekly
Wilbur Smith carries all the powerful drama and rich emotions of a bygone time into his action packed tale of the sea. BIrds Of Prey is magnificent story of adventure, he enthralled the world of readers once again.
The Daily Mail
The scope is magnificent and the epic scale breathtaking ... Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared
The Times
A gripping tale, relentless in its flow, that evokes a more colourful age - one of passion and a majesty of spirit that is seldom illustrated with such nerve
The Daily Express
Meticulous research support constant excitement in a fast-moving tale
The Washington Post
Birds of Prey is a wonderful novel filled with excitement, pirates, and vivid sea battles ... In short, it is vintage Wilbur Smith
Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
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05/01/2018 9781499860887 Paperback $16
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