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by Wilbur Smith
William Morrow, October 2017
432 pages
ISBN: 0062276506

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THE TIGER'S PREY is a swashbuckling addition to Wilbur Smith's Courtney family adventures. In this current book, the focus is on Tom Courtney and his wife Sarah, but also Tom's younger nephews. These younger family members are fleeing difficult home situations and trying to establish themselves in the world.

The Courtneys' world is one filled with danger and dreadful people. Tom is trying to ply his trade of sailing the seas and trading goods. Along the way from South Africa to India, he encounters pirates, enormous storms, shipwreck, capture and much more. He must also try to keep a low profile when he meets with people in charge, as his rich, powerful but evil brother Guy must not know his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, one of his nephews, Guy's son Christopher, has escaped from his father's tyranny and become a fierce outlaw. He kills with impunity and then is himself captured and horribly tortured. But he goes on to have power and revenge. Another nephew, Francis, tries to kill Tom because he blames him for the death of his father William, another of the brothers. William was not a good man, but his death at the hands of Tom was an accident. Francis is told this truth, but has a hard time accepting it.

The subtitle of THE TIGER'S PREY is "A Novel of Adventure." This is certainly an appropriate addition to the title. Action involving the various characters never stops. Graphic violence and graphic sexual encounters leap out from almost every page. Exotic sounding locations inhabited by fearful people abound. All of this creates a mesmerizing effect on the reader. Even if THE TIGER'S PREY is not necessarily your kind of book, you may be compelled to continue reading. Wilbur Smith is truly an expert at writing adventure stories.

Anne Corey is a writer, poet, teacher and botanical artist in New York's Hudson Valley.

Reviewed by Anne Corey, November 2017

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