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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 struggling with 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 arriving from the Orient encumbered with treasure to fall into their net.

It is the start of the hunt that may sweep them from the hot payment of excellent 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 worthy hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous event which simply 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 risky adversary at the African continent, the Dutch swordsman Schreuder.

His spirit can also be established by way of love. For the wealthy and pampered Dutch heiress, Katinka. For the gorgeous slave lady, Sukeena. And for a girl whose unstinting braveness will outshine them all...

From the dungeons of excellent wish to the uncharted desolate tract of the darkish Continent after which to the deadly narrows of the crimson Sea, Hal's religion will lead him to his future. To the safeguard of the ultimate Christian stronghold in Africa. the dominion of Prester John, ancient father or mother of the helpful Holy Grail...

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

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You heard the captain,’ he snapped at his gang. ‘That strumpet is the Eve during this paradise,’ Sir Francis dropped his voice, and spoke from the aspect of his mouth to Aboli at his shoulder. ‘I have visible Hal mooning at her earlier than and, candy heavens, she seems to be again at him daring as a harlot along with her dugs protruding. he's just a boy. ’ ‘You see him via a father’s eyes. ’ Aboli smiled and shook his head. ‘He is a boy not. he's a guy. You instructed me as soon as that your holy booklet speaks of an eagle within the sky and a serpent on a rock, and a guy with a maid. ’ even though Hal may well thieve little time from his tasks, he replied to Katinka’s summons like a salmon returning to its local river within the spawning season. whilst she referred to as him, not anything may perhaps cease him answering. He ran up the trail together with his middle retaining time to his flying ft. It was once nearly an entire day due to the fact that final he were by myself with Katinka, which was once a lot too lengthy for his liking. occasionally he was once in a position to sneak clear of the camp to fulfill her two times or maybe 3 times overnight. usually they can be jointly just for a couple of minutes, yet that was once time adequate to get the enterprise performed. the 2 wasted little in their helpful time jointly in rite or debate. they'd been compelled to discover a gathering position except her hut. Hal’s dead night visits to the hostage stockade had nearly resulted in catastrophe. Governor van de Velde couldn't were slumbering as soundly as his snores advised and so they had grown careless and rowdy of their love play. Roused via his wife’s unrestrained cries and Hal’s loud responses, Governor van de Velde seized the lantern and crept up on her hut. Aboli, on shield with out, observed the glimmer of it in time to hiss a caution, giving Hal an area to grab up his garments and duck out of the outlet within the stockade wall, simply as van de Velde burst into the hut with the lantern in a single hand and a unadorned sword within the different. He had complained bitterly to Sir Francis the next morning. ‘One of your thieving sailors,’ he accused. ‘Is there any merchandise of price lacking out of your wife’s hut? ’ Sir Francis desired to be aware of and, whilst van de Velde shook his head, he was once heavy with innuendo. ‘Perhaps your spouse are usually not make any such exhibit of her jewels for they excite avaricious innovations. In destiny, sir, it'd be prudent to take greater care of your entire possessions. ’ Sir Francis wondered the off-duty watch, yet because the Governor’s spouse might offer no description of the intruder – she were quick asleep on the time – the problem was once quickly dropped. That were the final nocturnal stopover at Hal dared probability to the stockade. as a substitute they'd chanced on this mystery position to satisfy. It was once good hidden yet positioned shut adequate to the camp for Hal to have the option reply to her summons and to arrive it in precisely a couple of minutes. He paused in brief at the slim terrace in entrance of the cave, respiring deeply in his haste and pleasure. He and Aboli had came upon it as they lower back from certainly one of their searching forays within the hills. It was once not likely a cave, yet an overhang the place the smooth crimson sandstone have been eroded from the more durable rock strata to shape a deep veranda.

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