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It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter, Leon Courtney, is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress. Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, Leon is recruited by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Commander of the British Forces in East Africa, to gather information from Von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War, but it is only when Eva and Von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy.

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  • It is one the book is very good by Wilbur Smith
    Wilbur Smith, I met in in New York City and he did sign all his book to me over 30 books. Assegai is a great book and you should read all of his books, Eagle IN The Sky, The Train From Katanga, Gold Mine, Hungry From The Sea....more info
  • Another spell binder from Mr. Smith
    I got so involved with this book as I sat in the Sky Lounge in Atlanta that I lost all track of time and missed my plane! It seems to me that Wilbur Smith gets better with each book he writes. I heartily recomend Assegai to all Wilbur Smith fans as well as to readers new to the author....more info
  • Pure, Classic, Wilbur Smith!
    Finally! Wilbur Smith has returned to his love and the heart of his fame. Assegai is cleanly written and fluidly fast-paced, not a dull page in the book. It brilliantly illustrates Wilbur's gifted talent as a skillful storyteller. He has masterfully woven his love and knowledge of the animals, and the people of Africa, and it's history. In my opinion, to day, the best book he has ever written.
    - - Barbara Davis, author of DARKSIDE OF DEBONAIR, THE BUSHMEAT TRADE...more info
  • downward slide
    This book was thouroughly enjoyable the first 100 pages. I loved reading about Africa. It was obvious that the author had done extensive research. I got lost in the adventure. Then it was off to the main plot and it became horrendous. The dialog was stilted and the characters actions made no sense. Also, some authors should not right love scenes. One of my favorites, James Lee Burke fall into this catagory. Smith writes a sentence descibing female genetalia that is worse then any [...]. On a persoanal note the killing of animals got to be a bit much for me too. I know the main character is a hunter and I know the book is historically acurate but...jeez, enough....more info
  • His worst!
    I've been a fan for years and I believe I've read, and enjoyed, almost every book he's published. Almost! This latest book is simply bad. The story was bad, the plot was bad, the characters were poorly developed, it was simply a poorly writen book. Not what I've come to expect from one of my favorite authors. Don't waste your time. ...more info
  • Sad decline of a great author
    For a while now I've watched and read in dismay as Wilbur Smith's books have essentially gone from bad to worse. His latest book 'Assegai' is asinine. It's like he has run out of fresh ideas now and goes back to his own books, picks a little bit here, picks a little bit there, and cobbles a new book together. Assegai is essentially a 2 parter - a glorified safari forms the first part, and an extremely childish spy story forms the second part. The first sequence where Leon fights off the Nandi warriors got my hopes up, but alas this was apparently the highlight of the book. It was all downhill from there.
    The characters are weak, the usual African vs the white man friendship/antagonism that make a reader alternatively love and hate both sides is missing.
    I now read his books out of loyalty and hope more than any expectation that they will be any good....more info
  • Another smashing good read from the best adventure author
    Imagine my surprise when i happened to come across a copy of Assegai at my local library. Wilbur Smith is one of the best adventure writers of our time and he has done full justice to his latest epic . Smith does a wonderful job of depicting the life of a big game hunter in the African Wilderness . No other author can do justice to Africa as Smith does . I wasn't impressed by his previous novel 'Quest'. I am glad he went back to his strength of the Ballantyne/Courtney series . Truly a fine read and will do justice to all his fans...more info