The Sound of Thunder

The Sound of Thunder

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The second novel in Wilbur Smith's The Courtneys series, The Sound of Thunder is a powerful story of family tragedy set against the backdrop of the ravages of the Second Boer War.'Only once in his life had Sean met a man whose strength matched his own - and now, again, they were pitted against each other . . .' Sean Courtney, impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds returns from the wildnerness a rich man - until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold and the girl he loves. A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld . . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 34mm | 381.02g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0330505777
  • 9780330505772
  • 122,700

Review quote

"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World""" "You can get lost in Wilbur Smith...with his swashbuckling novels."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" "" " Action is Smith' s game, and he is a master." "-- The Washington Post Book World""" " You can get lost in Wilbur Smith... with his swashbuckling novels." -- Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" ""show more

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"In this astounding saga of colonial Africa, "New York Times "bestselling author Wilbur Smith captures a clash of nations--and the clamoring of one man's heart and soul..." IN A WONDROUS LAND, THE CANNONS OF WAR BEGIN TO RAGE...The year is 1899. The British Empire is at the height of its power. But in South Africa, proud Dutch colonists defy the Queen and her army--and a lush, wild world is torn apart by guns, spears, and swords. WHILE ONE MAN FIGHTS ALONE.Sean Courtney had been tragically separated from his family, but the Boer War has brought him back to his homeland--and into the sights of his enemy's guns. It has also returned him to Ruth Friedman, the only woman Sean can love, even though he shouldn't. As Sean's loyalties--to nation, man, and blood--are tested, a saga of duty and betrayal unfolds...." ""THE SOUND OF THUNDER" "Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World"show more

About Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six more

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6,134 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (2,553)
3 18% (1,131)
2 2% (151)
1 1% (40)
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