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By Wilbur Smith

It is 1667 and the Dutch and the English are at battle. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Henry 'Hal' Courtney, of their struggling with caravel girl 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 encumbered with treasure to fall into their net.

It is the start of the hunt that would sweep them from the hot payment of fine desire on the southern tip of Africa to the nice Horn of Ethiopia some distance to the north. The bloody catch of the Dutch merchantman, and 3 precious hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous event which basically the bravest will survive...

Along the best way Hal will come across many enemies. a deadly 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 may also be validated through 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 fine wish to the uncharted wasteland of the darkish Continent after which to the deadly narrows of the pink Sea, Hal's religion will lead him to his future. To the protection of the ultimate Christian stronghold in Africa. the dominion of Prester John, old mother or father of the worthwhile Holy Grail...

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

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Then he got here as much as Schreuder. ‘I am afraid Franky’s as much as his tips back. i will locate no Letter of Marque signed through the royal hand. ’ ‘I suspected as a lot. ’ Schreuder sheathed his sword. ‘I position the prisoners on your cost, my lord Cumbrae. i need to see to the welfare of the hostages. ’ He glanced at Hal. ‘You will take me instantly to where the place you left the Governor’s spouse. ’ He seemed around at his Dutch sergeant who stood attentively at his shoulder. ‘Bind his palms in the back of his again and positioned a rope around his neck. Lead him on a leash just like the mangy dog he's. ’ Colonel Schreuder behind schedule the rescue excursion whereas a seek used to be carried out for his misplaced wig. His vainness wouldn't enable him visit Katinka in a kingdom of disarray. they discovered it mendacity within the wooded area during which he had chased Hal. It was once lined with damp earth and useless leaves, yet Schreuder beat it opposed to his thigh then rearranged the curls conscientiously ahead of putting it on his head. His attractiveness and dignity restored, he nodded at Hal. ‘Show us the way in which! ’ by the point they got here out at the terrace in entrance of the cave Hal used to be a sorry item. either fingers have been trussed in the back of his again and the sergeant had one other rope around his neck. His face was once blackened with dust and gunsmoke and his garments torn and smeared with blood diluted together with his personal sweat. regardless of his exhaustion and misery, his drawback was once nonetheless for Katinka, and he felt a tremor of alarm as he went into the cave. there has been no signal of her. i will not dwell if something has occurred to her, he inspiration, yet aloud he advised Schreuder, ‘I left Mevrouw van de Velde right here. No in poor health could have befallen her. ’ ‘For your sake, you had larger be right in that. ’ The possibility used to be extra terrifying for having been uttered so softly. Then Schreuder raised his voice. ‘Mevrouw van de Velde! ’ he known as. ‘Madam, you're secure. it really is Colonel Schreuder, come to rescue you! ’ The vines veiling the doorway to the cave rustled softly, and Katinka stepped out timidly from at the back of them. Her large violet eyes have been brimming with tears, and her face was once light and tragic, including to her attraction. ‘Oh! ’ she jam-packed with emotion. Then, dramatically, she held out either arms in the direction of Cornelius Schreuder. ‘You got here! You saved your promise! ’ She flew to him and stood on tiptoe to fling either her slender palms around his neck. ‘I knew you'll come! I knew you'll by no means go away me to be humiliated and molested by means of those dreadful criminals. ’ For one second Schreuder used to be bowled over through her embody, then he folded her in his fingers, defensive and comforting her as she sobbed opposed to the ribbons and sashes that lined his chest. ‘If you've suffered the slightest affront, I swear i'll avenge it a hundredfold. ’ ‘My ordeal has been too bad to relate,’ she whimpered. ‘This one? ’ Schreuder checked out Hal and demanded, ‘Was he a kind of who mistreated you? ’ Katinka appeared sideways at Hal, her cheek nonetheless pressed opposed to Schreuder’s chest. Her eyes narrowed viciously and a small sadistic smile twisted her luscious lips.

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