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Following on from Monsoon the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in South Africa. The journey they make takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and dangerous animals....

Title : Blue Horizon
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ISBN : 9780330376310
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 777 Pages
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Blue Horizon Reviews

  • Matt
    2019-06-10 20:57

    In the eleventh instalment of the Courtney series, Smith continues to lay the early foundation of the Courtney family in South Africa. This novel moves the story to the next generation of Courtney children, specifically the sons of Tom (Jim) and Dorian (Mansur). In the early portion of the novel, the reader learns of Jim's fascination with Louisa Leuven, who appears on a prison ship that docks close to the family settlement. Louisa's story is one of pain and severe abuse, which Smith recounts in graphic detail, including the crime that sees her unjustly sentenced. When Jim helps free Louisa from the ship, they escape into the African wilderness, fleeing colonial authorities. During their adventure, Jim and Louisa fall in love while finding a way to allow their feelings to grow, hampered by Louisa's past and issues of trust. When the colonial governor learns that Tom has been aiding in his son's activities, the entire Courtney family is blacklisted and they must leave their home, for fear of further retribution. At their new settlement, the story shifts to focus on Dorian and Mansur, who still hold onto the former's past life as the adopted son of the Prince of Oman. When the current Caliph of Oman seeks revenge on Dorian for all he did while living with the family in Zanzibar, death seems the easiest solution. However, after Dorian's wife, Yasmini, is killed, these Courtney men refuse to turn the other cheek and will stop at nothing to avenge her death. Dorian chooses to take back the Caliphate and must wrest control from the evil Zayn al-Din. While beginning their trek, Mansur meets Verity and falls madly in love. It is only later that Mansur realises that she is actually his cousin, daughter to Tom's twin brother, Guy. While Verity has been told much about her family, she learns that all she knows are lies and falsehoods. Verity chooses Mansur over her own father, who vows to bring the Courtney family down in any way he can. While Dorian fights for his honour, Mansur must face-off against his uncle to protect the woman he loves, spilling Courtney blood no matter what. A powerful novel that Smith uses to enrich the further generational saga of the Courtneys, told in intricate detail.Moving away from the nautical battles that played a central role earlier, Smith is able to offer up an exciting and multi-faceted story that is sure to keep the reader's attention. Filled with the excitement of battles of the heart and freedom, Smith advances the Courtney story with new characters and significant twists, some of which were bound to come to the forefront and others whose genesis only add to the epic adventure on which this family has embarked. As I presumed, the departure of Guy in the previous novel could not be ignored, as he appears in the form of a bitter man who hates the family he left in England, only to exact his own form of revenge. With so many plots and characters to keep balanced, Smith does a stellar job at ensuring the reader is not left bored or confused. With much to keep the series momentum looking forward, Smith catapults the Courtneys into yet another adventure, as he expands the family tree, forcing the reader to plot something out, in order to keep things clear for the twelfth novel.Kudos, Mr. Smith for another great novel in which you keep a quick but constant pace for all your characters to grow and develop.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Jennifer Busch
    2019-06-12 19:46

    yuck. The back says it's filled with "bravado, greed, and romance". If romance is a man patting himself on the back and telling his "woman" what a wonderful man he is, then sure, I guess the write up is correct. I found it pathetic and impossible to read. Do not read.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-18 19:57

    While I appreciate this is probably extremely well researched in historical terms, I found it hard to be impressed when having to slog through page upon page of cringe worthy dialogue being expressed by characters that were two dimensional, the writer seems to think he can make women interesting by depicting them giving their male companions a bit of lip in between getting themselves into trouble and running to check on the dinner, yawn. For all the detail that was so painstakingly researched, to me it felt show-offy rather than interesting next to everything else. I hate not finishing a book I've started, but I had to give up on this one. I just couldn't take anymore.

  • Jim A
    2019-06-04 14:53

    The third of the early Courtney family adventures. This book pretty much picks up where Monsoon left off without moving forward a generation. Anyone looking at picking up Wilbur Smith's Courtney saga really should start with Birds of Prey rather than the first Courtney book written, When The Lion Feeds. Gives a much better back story into the family history.

  • Rusty
    2019-06-02 19:06

    Wilbur Smith is a talented author and I love his novels. This is one of many stories about the Courtney family who lived in South Africa. The tale takes place in the early 1800s. This one begins with a slave ship anchored in the harbor where it fled from a storm. Jim Courtney brings produce to the ship to sell where he sees a beautiful young woman whom he cannot forget. When he rescues her, he finds himself on the run and his family persecuted by the authorities. The rest of the book focuses on their adventures as they flee the authorities. Some readers felt the book was rambling but I enjoyed the many adventures and experiences that they have including those of his parents. Life changes dramatically for them all and perhaps what happens to this family can only happen in fiction but I enjoyed every page. The novel spurs the reader to search for the next one, When the Lion Feeds. The series begins with Birds of Prey, progresses to Monsoon, than to Blue Horizon. There are thirteen novels in about the family spanning a period from 1660 to 1987 so one can follow the family for a long time!

  • Lizzy B
    2019-06-04 18:00

    In the fast paced world of the Courtney brothers life is never dull. Wilbur Smith once again exhibits his seamless ability to run multiple story lines in parallel, building suspense and without ever loosing one. A desire to find out what happens next continues to drive one deeper and deeper into the book until the point of no return. Before i knew it i was completely engrossed and there was just no putting the book down. Bringing a mix of historical happenings, action, battle, honour, strategy, adventure, love, family life, quirky characters such as the beauty from the prison ship Jim rashly set's his heart upon, to long lost and hated family members with a penchant towards evil, this book is a gem from start to finish. Only thing i found is that nautical understanding may have been beneficial in the early parts of the novel. By the end terminology and turns of phrase were well incorporated into my understanding, so it was no longer an issue. Over all fairly accessible, delightfully interwoven, and truly gripping.

  • Peter Mazzucco
    2019-06-16 19:02

    My favorite book all-time. The conclusion to the early Courtney series; excellent as a stand-alone book as well. Wonderful story of revenge, exploration and love. Epic and detailed... a must read. I suggest reading the series starting with Monsoon, then Blue Horizon and lastly, Birds of Prey (works better as sort of a prequel).

  • Liesl
    2019-06-13 19:38

    This is not the Wilbur Smith I know. Too long with too much detail. Won't put me off his next book but disappointed in this one.

  • Sheetal Dasgupta
    2019-06-04 16:52

    The detailing is awesome. The tribes, the terrains, the sea. You can feel it.

  • Kevin Chilvers
    2019-05-31 16:55

    This is the first Courtney book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite not reading the previous books it stood alone and I did not feel lost. It is a long book (over 600 pages) but this action based thriller with a bit of romance kept me engaged. Recommended to anyone who likes an entertaining yarn.

  • J
    2019-06-11 15:08

    All in all, this is a fun and somewhat pulp-y romantic adventure story. Really, it's more like a collection of several stories, which sometimes gives the reader a feeling that the author is trying to cover too much ground. In the end though, the various plot threads come together in a satisfying way.First of all, this book is #12 in a series, but the series covers multiple generations of the Courtney family over several hundred years. The only other book in the series that directly effects this one is the one right before it; the characters in Blue Horizon recap the important points at various times throughout the story anyway.Surprisingly, this book has a lot of hallmarks of objectivist literature. The main character kick-starts the action in the name of love. The protagonists are strongly entrepreneurial and stick to their moral values, while the antagonists are constantly trying to steal what isn't theirs and blaming others for their own failures. Many of the book's conflicts are resolved through trade, reason, or appealing to someone's rational self-interest.

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-06-05 21:41

    The story is set in the 1800 where the main characters are out to stake their claim in southern Africa. They are traveling along infamous roads which take them through the untouched wilderness, a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals. At the heart of the story is love, hatred, vengeance and greed.You will find captivating the infinite details of bloody attacks from enemy tribes and other pursuers all through the book. The elephant and hippopotamus hunts are so realistic you would think you are watching a movie. The high sea battles are so engaging you can hear the sizzling of the fire and the crackling wood of the ships. Of course the author added a bit of romance to all this action.I found this book a bit hard to read mainly because my taste is more towards spy and police stories rather then reading about men in loincloths engaged in primitive war-fare. On the whole I could say I did not dislike the book.

  • Haleth
    2019-06-06 13:54

    Il seguito di Monsone, non strabiliante come quest'ultimo, ma imperdibile se si sono apprezzati Uccelli da preda e, appunto, Monsone.Purtroppo però comincia a diventare ripetitivo, i soliti cliché si sprecano, i nuovi personaggi non si fanno amare tanto quanto i vecchi. È un bel libro lo stesso, o forse a me è parso più bello di quanto non fosse perchè era un secolo che non leggevo Wilbur Smith.Insomma, c'è l'Africa, ci sono i paesaggi mozzafiato, c'è l'avventura, c'è l'orizzonte. Per me questo libro fa parte di una sorta di grande trilogia con i due precedenti, anche se purtroppo non raggiunge le stesse vette. Forse ci perde più di quanto non dovrebbe proprio perchè viene naturale metterlo a confronto con gli altri, che per me saranno difficilmente eguagliati (se non da Il settimo papiro e Il dio del fiume, che però sono tutta un'altra cosa), e che insieme costituiscono una grande saga.E con questo ho detto tutto e il contrario di tutto. :P

  • Gay
    2019-05-23 16:50

    audio book-people who are doing mindless stuff with their hands and can listen to trite events which somehow seem exciting and interesting with history thrown in.These WS books are guilty pleasure. I enjoy them a lot, especially when I am doing boring tasks anc can listen, but I am fully aware that they are not brilliant.

  • Jonny Cox
    2019-06-07 15:41

    Wilbur Smith is a fantastic writer. I've read all his books and each one felt like an adventure of my own. The settings are ambitious and detailed, the stories are powerfully engaging and the characters are the bloke you think you are after a few beers. Great stuff.

  • John Hales
    2019-05-25 19:50

    620 pages of pure pleasure. Wilbur Smith can stretch a yarn and drag every emotion you have along with it. He has a way of drawing you into a story and the time period matters not a whit. Another page-turner.

  • Peter Jochinger
    2019-06-19 15:55

    Our modern day writers could learn a lot from Wilbur Smith.His books present an amazing story line that always comes with a total conclusion no gimmicks or open plots to make you buy his next book. I will buy his books for this reason.Blue Horizon has it all in classic Wilbur style. LOVE IT!

  • Suha
    2019-06-14 19:44

    Officially the WORST book I have ever had to read. Unbelievably dull and stupid.

  • Virginia
    2019-06-06 16:03

    A junky romance novel focused on unbelievable male characters.

  • Elaine Hargrave
    2019-06-17 15:55

    Brilliant story, I read this as a stand alone book not having read any of the earlier editions of the Courtney family. The story lines all come together and you lose yourself in the lives of the family members. This is all told with the scenery and wild life of the era. I didn't like the hunting of the elephants etc but that was what happened in that era and you have to except that was all accepted at the time. A book that will appeal to both men and women alike with the daring do and with fighting scenes all described with the blood and gore left in for the reader to enjoy or not as well as the romantic scenes to bring in the appeal for female readers. All expertly told by a fantastic writer who is very knowledgeable who I'm sure has done his research. A very good read.

  • Gerhard Vermeulen
    2019-05-22 14:45

    A Classic Worth multiple reads! I find myself reading this book every few years, and it never fails to disappoint. Classic Wilbur Smith

  • Jasmin Muzic
    2019-06-11 13:53

    This one might be my favorite. Maybe because it was my first Smith novel. Added another 20 since.

  • Peter Butler
    2019-05-26 20:57

    Fabulous. Typical Wilbur, great characters and action.

  • Donna Dieckmann
    2019-06-18 18:55

    2017Descriptions so delightful you can taste them.I yearn to visit Africa!

  • Tina
    2019-06-07 14:50

    A lot of the story sounds familiar if you've read a lot of Wilbur Smith. I enjoyed it, but it lacked that special something.

  • Rich
    2019-06-14 18:53

    Awesome. Great series of Courtney books.

  • Kara Jorges
    2019-06-12 14:03

    Twenty years have passed since Tom and Dorian Courtney escaped the clutches of their enemies and settled at the Cape of Good Hope. Each had married the woman he loved, who bore each of them a son. Tom and Sarah Courtney’s son Jim is a brash young man who irrevocably alters their destinies when he falls in love with a lovely young woman on a prison ship moored in the harbor. His plans to help her escape become a little more public than he intended when he has to rescue her from a sinking ship and spirit her away into the wilderness. Jim and Louisa suddenly have a number of enemies when a Dutch colonel sends a party after them. They have lots of harrowing adventures with both wild animals and the natives as a small band of Dutchmen follows them across the veld. Meanwhile, back in Cape Town, Colonel Keyser’s men have provided him with evidence implicating the entire Courtney clan in Louisa’s escape, and they must band together even tighter when they learn that some of Dorian’s old enemies from his years in the Arab world are on his trail, as well. With old enemies popping out of the woodwork and new ones appearing over the horizon, it’s nonstop action for the whole Courtney family, no matter where they go.Compared to most books I’ve read, this one is nonstop action and excitement from start to finish. Held next to its predecessor, Monsoon, however, this book pales. It couldn’t reach the heights of excitement or match the nail-biting intrigue found in the last Courtney adventure, and often the violence in this book seems superfluous to the story. Life has become more comfortable, and thus, less intense for the Courtney clan, but compared to anything else out there, this book delivers top-notch adventure. Though it doesn’t quite measure up to the high level of quality I have come to expect from this author, it’s still a very good swashbuckling adventure.

  • Stefani
    2019-05-25 20:44

    Over 700 pages about the wilderness of Africa. There are a lot of stories to follow. The first one we are introduced to is about Jim Courtney & Louisa. We learn about their backgrounds & family, life stories before they meet. Louisa is on a convict ship on the way to Batavia. Jim saves her from the life of hardship as a convict and ta daaamm........they end up together.Tom & Sarah Courtney are Jim's parents. They abandon their home of 20 years and follow their only child through Africa. But their persecutors are close. Dorian Courtney (al Salil) & Princess Yasmini - Jim's uncle & aunt. They have only one child too. al Salil is the heir of the Elephant Throne of Oman, but he does not become a caliph until the very end of the book, the final battle & his wife's death. Together with his son Mansur they manage to avenge Yasmini.There are plenty of other characters (of course since we are talking about such a long book). Some that I think are worth mentioning are the Bushman Bakkat, the Nguni wariors, Guy Courtney (Tom's evil twin brother).A lot of space is devoted to hunting, especially Jim's hunt for elephants and great amount of ivory. The family's escape from the VOC soldiers is present all the time. But we get our happy ending.Overall impressions : if you have free time, want to read about Africa, tribes, colonization, hunting, betrayal, fighting for what you want then this is definitely the book for you.

  • Josh Bishop
    2019-06-05 13:55

    Tom and Dorian Courtney are two brothers caught up in the wilderness of Africa in the 1800’s. They are charged with raising their families and running their trade empire. Everything gets turned upside down when Tom’s only son Jim rescues a young prisoner from a ship at harbor. Wilbur Smith chronicles Jim’s exploits through the infamous “Robber’s Road” which leads into the uncharted territories behind the blue horizon. Dorian Courtney thought he had put his old life behind him, but when an assassin takes his wife’s life instead of his own, he is thrown back in to the old drama that shaped his youth. With the help of his son Mansur, Dorian will travel back into the Muslim world to take his rightful spot on the Elephant Throne. This book is filled with suspense, action, adventure, romance, and beautiful descriptions of the Africa that Wilbur Smith so clearly loves. This book brings back some of the great characters in “Birds of Prey” and “Monsoon” and introduces us to great new allies and enemies. Although it is a small step down from its two predecessors, I would highly recommend this book.

  • Daniel Connaughton
    2019-05-28 19:44

    The first part of the book is good and entertaining, moving along at a nice pace as one group of characters chases another across Africa. The bad guys are all irredeemably bad and one-sided mustache twirlers, but once accepting this was the way it was going to be, it was easier to enjoy the adventure.The last part of the book lost me. It goes off on a tangent following what were minor characters for most of the book on a new plotline that seems like it should be its own book. This new plotline seems to skip many details to get to the meat of the story at the expense of the reader never really getting to know and care about the characters or their goals. Characters, particularly the bad guys, keep showing up in the most unlikely of places and unbelievably rise in rank and gain power just in time for the final showdown.While the final battle is intense and exciting, the main characters the book started with are in the background far enough that I lost interest in their fates as well.