The Triumph of the Sun

Courtney Family Adventures

Wilbur Smith

Thomas Dunne Books

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From one of the world’s most celebrated and bestselling novelists comes an epic adventure in the spirit and tradition of Monsoon and Blue Horizon.

It is 1884, and in the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitates a bloody rebellion and Holy War. The charismatic new religious leader, the Mahdi or "Expected One," has gathered his forces of Arab warlords in preparation for a siege on the city of Khartoum. The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the city.

Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum under the orders of the infamously iron-willed General Charles George Gordon. It is here that he meets skilled soldier and swordsman Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars and the British Consul, David Benbrook, as well as Benbrook’s three beautiful daughters. Against the vivid and bloody backdrop of the Arabs’ fierce and merciless siege these three powerful men must fight to survive.

Rich with vibrant historical detail and infused with his inimitable powers of storytelling, The Triumph of the Sun is Wilbur Smith at his masterful best.

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Chapter One

Rebecca leant her elbows on the sill of the wide, unglazed window, and the heat of the desert blew into her face like the exhalation of a blast furnace. Even the river below her seemed to steam like a cauldron. Here it was almost a mile wide, for this was the season of High Nile. The flow was so strong that it created whirlpools and glossy eddies across the surface. The White Nile was green and fetid with the taint of the swamps through which it had so recently flowed, swamps that extended over an area the size of Belgium. The Arabs called this vast slough the Bahr el Ghazal,

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Wilbur Smith's novel The Triumph of the Sun, continuing the saga of the Courtney Family Adventures. From one of the world's most celebrated novelists comes an epic adventure set on the banks of the Nile in Khartoum, 1884. In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or "Expected One." The British are forced to intervene

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Praise for The Triumph of the Sun

Praise for Wilbur Smith:

"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --The Washington Post Book World

"Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith. A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship."
--Tulsa World

"[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...." - Anniston Star (TX)

"Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read-until the next one." -Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)

"Smith is a master." - Publisher's Weekly

"Smith is a captivating storyteller." - Orlando Sentinel

"The world's leading adventure writer." - Daily Express UK

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick." - Sunday Times UK

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About the Author

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa. He has written thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over eighty million copies.

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The Triumph of the Sun
Wilbur Smith

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429908948
ISBN10: 1429908947
512 pages

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2005
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593977160
ISBN10: 1593977166
Audio Run Time: 7:00

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
April 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312939182
ISBN10: 0312939183
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 656 pages

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