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The Blue Horizon.

Wilbur Smith. 2003. Read by John Lee. 21 cds. No time listed. Books on Tape. 0-7366-9392-0. $144.00. Vinyl: plot notes. SA

The second novel about the Courtney brothers (Tom and Dorian) and their families, following The Sunbird and set in 18th-century South Africa, stands on its own. Their respective sons, Jim and Mansour, are as bold and compelling characters as one is likely to meet in historical fiction adventures. Jim spies a beautiful and unlikely prisoner aboard a Dutch convict ship off the Cape of Good Hope and decides to help her escape. A daring rescue compounded by a ferocious storm sets off all the following action as the pair thwarts the authorities and makes good their escape into the African wilderness. Intrigue, adventure and suspense abound as they forge ahead hunting elephants and other wild game, battling and then allying with fierce warriors, and falling in love. Riveting, compelling listening.

Lee's narration is outstanding. His rich voice, ease with accents, excellent pacing and timing make this exceptionally good listening. Hornblower and Sharp fans and all who like their adventure non-stop as well as well written will relish this.

Mary Purucker, Beverly Hills P.L., Beverly Hills, CA

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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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