The Burning Shore, another gripping installment in Wilbur Smith's Courtney Family Adventure series
Centaine de Thiry grew up with privilege, wealth, and freedom on a sprawling French estate. Then war came crashing down around her, and a daring young South African aviator named Michael Courtney stole her heart amidst the destruction. But the tides of fate and battle sent the young woman on a journey across a dangerous sea to the coast of Africa.
When Centaine's ship is torpedoed and sunk, she is plunged into a shark-filled sea miles from the unseen shore. And when she reaches land, Centaine puts foot not in the lush world that Michael Courtney described to her, but on the edge of a burning desert--alone and fighting for her life.
In a strange world, under a great rushing sky, Centaine sets forth in the company of wandering Bushmen—and then into the arms of a renegade white soldier who may be her savior or destruction. As Michael Courtney's family searches for Centaine, she comes near her promised land--and the untold tragedy and riches that it holds...
“Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.” —The Sunday Times
“Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.” —Evening Standard
“A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements.” —The Scotsman
“Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.” —The Guardian
“An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa.” —Today