I can't believe I never read Wilbur Smith before I stumbled on this book. After reading it, I educated myself on the author and his work. Like many prolific writers who crank out historical fiction, Wilbur Smith has created some fictional family trees, and crafted multiple stories around the generations thereof. In this novel, the Courtney and Ballentine families intersect during the siege of Khartoum. The novel takes the characters years beyond that event, and makes use of the author's extensive research on Africa, and the Sudan in particular, to provide a glimpse inside 2 distinct cultures.
I suspect Wilbur Smith is a
closet anthropologist...not just because of the attention he gives
animals in some of his novels, but because of the human actions and
interactions he depicts--usually according to type. This book has a lot
to offer: adventure, romance, action, tragedy, and a couple happy
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I also recommend Exodus by Leon Uris.