The Triumph of the Sun

Book 5 in the Ballantyne Series

It is 1884, and in the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitates a bloody rebellion and Holy War. The charismatic new religious leader, the Mahdi or 'Expected One', has gathered his forces of Arab warlords in preparation for a siege on the city of Khartoum.

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Menace emanated from them as fiercely as the heat from the sun. Night and day, the drums never stopped, a constant reminder of the mortal threat that hung over them. She could hear them booming across the waters, like the heartbeat of the monster.

An unimaginable enemy will bring them together . . .

In the burning heat of the Sudanese sun, the city of Khartoum is under siege from the fearsome forces of the Mahdi, the charismatic leader of those who tire of the brutal Egyptian government. In Khartoum, along with thousands of innocent citizens, are trapped the fanatical General Charles Gordon, intrepid soldier Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, English trader Ryder Courtney and the British consul and his three beautiful daughters.

As rescue becomes increasingly unlikely, this group of Queen Victoria's loyal citizens must unite to prepare themselves against a nightmarish enemy, and for the savage battle to survive that must surely follow . . .

The Courtneys meet the Ballantynes in a sweeping adventure.


The Courtneys meet the Ballantynes in a sweeping adventure.
The Washington Post Book World
A fine storyteller. . . The Triumph of the Sun is one of his very best.
The Daily Mail
Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.
Tulsa World
He 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
Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...
Anniston Star Texas
Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read – until the next one.
Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Smith is a master
Publishers Weekly
Smith is a captivating storyteller.
Orlando Sentinel
The world's leading adventure writer.
The Daily Express
Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick.
The Sunday Times
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05/01/2018 9781499861044 Paperback $16
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The 'Ballantyne' novels include A Falcon Flies, Men of Men, The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in Darkness. The first three Ballantyne books focus on the drive for colonial wealth and the bitter struggle between black and white in Rhodesia's brief history. The fourth and last of the sequence shows the re-emergence of ancient tribal rivalries, African pitted against African.