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By Wilbur Smith

It is 1667 and the Dutch and the English are at warfare. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Henry 'Hal' Courtney, of their scuffling with caravel girl Edwina, are on patrol off the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa: mendacity in watch for one of many galleons of the Dutch East India corporation getting back from the Orient encumbered with treasure to fall into their net.

It is the start of the search that would sweep them from the recent payment of fine wish on the southern tip of Africa to the nice Horn of Ethiopia some distance to the north. The bloody trap of the Dutch merchantman, and 3 beneficial hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous experience which merely the bravest will survive...

Along the way in which Hal will come across many enemies. a perilous mutineer, sworn to extract to revenge. A fellow Knight Templar, now his father's betrayer. And the main harmful adversary at the African continent, the Dutch swordsman Schreuder.

His spirit can be demonstrated through love. For the wealthy and pampered Dutch heiress, Katinka. For the gorgeous slave lady, Sukeena. And for a lady whose unstinting braveness will outshine them all...

From the dungeons of fine desire to the uncharted barren region of the darkish Continent after which to the deadly narrows of the purple Sea, Hal's religion will lead him to his future. To the safety of the ultimate Christian stronghold in Africa. the dominion of Prester John, old dad or mum of the beneficial Holy Grail...

Birds of Prey is a Courtney kinfolk event from bestselling writer Wilbur Smith.

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He can make out the heads of his personal gunners as they reloaded the culverins. Out within the lagoon the stately Dutch frigate bore down at the shore, wreathed in her personal powder smoke. As Hal watched, she placed her helm over, bringing her broadside to endure, and back her gunports bloomed with nice flashes of flame. Seconds later the thunder of the cannonade and the blast of howling grape shot swept over them. Hal flinched within the turmoil of disrupted air, his eardrums making a song. complete timber crashed down, and branches and leaves rained upon them. at once in entrance of him he observed one of many culverins hit squarely, and hurled off its educate. The our bodies of 2 of the Resolution’s sailors have been despatched spinning excessive into the air. ‘Father, the place are you? ’ Hal attempted to make himself heard within the pandemonium yet then, via all of it, he heard Sir Francis’s voice. ‘Stand on your weapons, lads. target on the Dutchmen’s ports. supply these cheese-heads in the market a few of our solid English cheer. ’ Hal leapt down into the gunpit beside his father, seized his arm and shook it urgently. ‘Where have you ever been, boy? ’ Sir Francis glanced at him, but if he observed the blood on his garments he didn't look ahead to a solution. as an alternative he grunted, ‘Take command of the weapons at the left flank. Direct your fire—’ Hal interrupted, in a breathless rush, ‘The enemy ships are just making a diversion, Father. the genuine risk is in our rear. The woodland is filled with Dutch squaddies, countless numbers of them. ’ He pointed again together with his blood-stained blade. ‘They’ll be on us in a minute. ’ Sir Francis didn't hesitate. ‘Go down the road of weapons. Order each moment culverin to be swung around and loaded with grape. front weapons proceed to have interaction the ships, yet carry your fireplace with the again weapons till the assault in our rear is point-blank. i'll provide the order to fireside. Now, pass! ’ As Hal scrambled out of the pit, Sir Francis became to important Daniel. ‘Take those males of yours, and the other loafers you will discover, return and sluggish the enemy strengthen in our rear. ’ Hal raced down the road, pausing beside each one gunpit to shout his orders after which working on. The sound of the barrage and the answering hearth from the seashore was once deafening and complicated. He reeled and nearly went sprawling to the floor as one other broadside from the black frigate swept over him just like the devil-winds of a storm, smashing throughout the woodland and ploughing the earth round him. He shook his head to transparent it and ran on, hurdling a fallen tree-trunk. As he handed each one emplacement and alerted the gunners, they started to educate the culverins round, aiming them again into the wooded area. again there they can already pay attention musket hearth and indignant shouts as immense Daniel and his small band of seamen charged into the advancing hordes that poured from the wooded area. Hal reached the gunpit on the finish of the road and jumped down beside Aboli, who was once captaining the workforce of gunners there. Aboli thrust his burning fit into the contact gap. The culverin leapt and thundered. because the stinking smoke swirled again over them, Aboli grinned at Hal, his darkish face stained even darker with soot and his eyes bloodshot with smoke.

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