By Wilbur Smith
It is 1667 and the Dutch and the English are at struggle. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Henry 'Hal' Courtney, of their battling caravel woman Edwina, are on patrol off the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa: mendacity in look ahead to one of many galleons of the Dutch East India corporation coming back from the Orient weighted down with treasure to fall into their net.
It is the start of the hunt that would sweep them from the hot payment of excellent desire on the southern tip of Africa to the good Horn of Ethiopia a long way to the north. The bloody seize of the Dutch merchantman, and 3 important hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous experience which in simple terms the bravest will survive...
Along the best way Hal will come upon 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 also be proven via love. For the wealthy and pampered Dutch heiress, Katinka. For the attractive slave lady, Sukeena. And for a girl whose unstinting braveness will outshine them all...
From the dungeons of excellent wish to the uncharted desert 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, ancient mum or dad of the useful Holy Grail...
Birds of Prey is a Courtney relations experience from bestselling writer Wilbur Smith.
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It was once sure, inevitable, for Hal may by no means face up to the thunderbolt which used to be able to free itself upon him. Aboli moved with the rate of a remarkable black cobra, speedier even than Schreuder may possibly ship domestic his ultimate thrust. He darted up at the back of Hal, and lifted the oak membership. He struck Hal down with a crack over his ear, rapping him sharply around the temple. Schreuder used to be surprised to have his sufferer drop to the floor, mindless, simply as he was once approximately to release the demise thrust. whereas he hesitated Aboli dropped the shattered pike-shaft and stood protectively over Hal’s inert physique. ‘You can't kill a fallen guy, Colonel. now not at the honour of a Dutch officer. ’ ‘You black devil! ’ Schreuder roared with frustration. ‘If I can’t kill the dog, a minimum of i will be able to kill you. ’ Aboli confirmed him his empty fingers, keeping up his faded hands prior to Schreuder’s eyes. ‘I am unarmed,’ he stated softly. ‘I may spare an unarmed Christian. ’ Schreuder glared. ‘But you're a godless animal. ’ He drew again his blade and aimed the purpose on the centre of Aboli’s chest, the place the muscle groups glistened with sweat within the solar. Sir Francis Courtney stepped evenly in entrance of him, ignoring the colonel’s blade. ‘On the opposite hand, Colonel Schreuder, i'm a Christian gentleman,’ he stated easily, ‘and I yield myself and my males in your grace. ’ He reversed his personal sword and proffered the hilt to Schreuder. Schreuder glared at him, speechless with fury and frustration. He made no flow to simply accept Sir Francis’s sword, yet positioned the purpose of his weapon at the different man’s throat and pricked him evenly. ‘Stand apart, or by means of God I’ll lower you down, Christian or heathen. ’ The knuckles of his correct hand became white at the hilt of his weapon as he ready himself to make stable the probability. one other hail made him hesitate. ‘Come now, Colonel, i'm loath to intrude in a question of honour. if you happen to homicide the brother of my bosom, Franky Courtney, then who will lead us to the treasure out of your superb galleon the Standvastigheid? ’ Schreuder’s gaze flicked to the face of Cumbrae as he got here striding as much as them, the good blood-streaked claymore in his hand. ‘The shipment? ’ Schreuder demanded. ‘We have captured this pirate’s nest. we'll locate the treasure is the following. ’ ‘Now don’t you be so convinced of that. ’ The Buzzard waggled his furry pink beard unfortunately. ‘If i do know my pricey brother in Christ, Franky, he’ll have squirrelled the simplest a part of it away someplace. ’ His eye glinted greedily from below his bonnet. ‘No, Colonel, you'll need to preserve him alive, no less than until eventually now we have been in a position to recompense ourselves with a handful of silver rix-dollars for doing God’s paintings at the present time. ’ whilst Hal recovered recognition, he stumbled on his father kneeling over him. He whispered, ‘What occurred, Father? Did we win? ’ His father shook his head, with out having a look into his eyes, and made a fuss of wiping the sweat and soot from his son’s face with a strip of grubby textile torn from the hem of his personal blouse. ‘No, Hal. We didn't win. ’ Hal appeared past him, and all of it got here again.