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'Centaine screamed and drove the point of her stave down into the jaws with all her strength. She felt the sharpened end bite into the soft pink mucous membrane in the back of its throat, saw the spurt of scarlet blood, and then the lion locked its jaws on the stave and with a toss of its flying mane ripped it out of her hands and sent it windmilling out and down to hit the earth below.' The passionate love of a beautiful French aristocrat for a courageous South African aviator is begun and extinguished in the blazing skies of war-torn France. But Centaine de Thiry is bent on realizing some of the dreams which she and Michael Courtney had shared - and sets out to seek a future for his unborn child in the country of Michael's birth. But in a monumental odyssey of disaster and adventure she must first brave all the combined terrors of war, shipwreck, thirst, fever and the burning vastnesses of Namibia's Skeleton Coast before she sees another living soul...
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In a breathtaking adventure of love, war, and bitter revenge, New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith captures a courageous quest for survival against a country's greatest odds....
FROM THE FIRES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Centaine de Thiry grew up with privilege, wealth, and freedom on a sprawling French estate. Then war came crashing down around her, and a daring young South African aviator named Michael Courtney stole her heart amidst the destruction. But the tides of fate and battle sent the young woman on a journey across a dangerous sea to the coast of Africa.
ACROSS A BLAZING AFRICAN DESERT
When Centaine's ship is torpedoed and sunk, she is plunged into a shark-filled sea miles from the unseen shore. And when she reaches land, Centaine puts foot not in the lush world that Michael Courtney described to her, but on the edge of a burning desert―alone and fighting for her life.
A WOMAN DISCOVERS A WONDROUS LAND―AND THE PRICE OF SURVIVAL
In a strange world, under a great rushing sky, Centaine sets forth in the company of wandering Bushmen―and then into the arms of a renegade white soldier who may be her savior or destruction. As Michael Courtney's family searches for Centaine, she comes near her promised land―and the untold tragedy and riches that it holds...
"You can get lost in Wilbur Smith...with his swashbuckling novels of Africa."―Stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyFrom the Inside Flap:
Praise for author Wilbur Smith
"Smith is a master." ―Publishers Weekly
"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." ―The Washington Post Book World
"A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." ―Tulsa World
"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." ―The Times (UK)
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King
"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--The Washington Post Book World
"The world's leading adventure writer." ―Daily Express (UK)
"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--Sunday Times
"Smith is a captivating storyteller." ―The Orlando Sentinel
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." ―Daily Mirror (UK)
"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." ―The Irish Times
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Book Description Pan Books, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0330292277