Travel & Geography / Adventure Exploration & Travel / Monsoon by Smith, Wilbur Smith, Wilbur Amazon.co.uk Review: Before there was empire, there was trade, and military force to protect that trade. Wilbur Smiths new, full-blooded historical novel starts with the commissioning, by King William III of Sir Hal Franklin. Franklins mission is to rid the Indian Ocean of the pirate known as al-Aouf, the Bad One, and tells us more than we knew about the East India trade, Channel smuggling, the Arab slave trade and the struggle to keep Oman free from the Ottoman Empire. : : Smiths solid, competent prose does not always avoid the hackneyed, but effectively conveys both the heat of battle and the savoury smells of lands experienced for the first time. Hal Franklin has four sons and the complex tragedy of their relationships dominates the book as brother is pitted against brother in love, and war, and treachery. The plot, though, is only a part of what is important here; the Indian Ocean trade was the site of one of the great confrontations between the English-speaking world and Islam--a conflict, between the brash mariners with their shiny new guns and the long-established, scholarly, brave, pious rulers of Arabia and the East African coast. A conflict whose outcome was open to doubt.--Roz Kaveney : : Synopsis: Follow up to BIRDS OF PREY and continuing the saga of the Courteney family. Set at the start of the 18th century in England, East Africa and Arabia. Following the lives of the three sons of Hal Courteney, who are drawn inexorably to Africa. The adventure and excitement take place on the ocean but gradually the brothers are seduced by Africa.Comments: price corner removed .very cleaan and good 
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  • Book Title: Monsoon
  • Author: Smith, Wilbur
  • ISBN: 0333637712
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Year Published: 1999
  • Our Normal Price: £10.97 GBP ($0.00 USD)
  • 10% Discounted Price: £9.88 GBP ($0.00 USD)
  • Description: Amazon.co.uk Review: Before there was empire, there was trade, and military force to protect that trade. Wilbur Smiths new, full-blooded historical novel starts with the commissioning, by King William III of Sir Hal Franklin. Franklins mission is to rid the Indian Ocean of the pirate known as al-Aouf, the Bad One, and tells us more than we knew about the East India trade, Channel smuggling, the Arab slave trade and the struggle to keep Oman free from the Ottoman Empire. : : Smiths solid, competent prose does not always avoid the hackneyed, but effectively conveys both the heat of battle and the savoury smells of lands experienced for the first time. Hal Franklin has four sons and the complex tragedy of their relationships dominates the book as brother is pitted against brother in love, and war, and treachery. The plot, though, is only a part of what is important here; the Indian Ocean trade was the site of one of the great confrontations between the English-speaking world and Islam--a conflict, between the brash mariners with their shiny new guns and the long-established, scholarly, brave, pious rulers of Arabia and the East African coast. A conflict whose outcome was open to doubt.--Roz Kaveney : : Synopsis: Follow up to BIRDS OF PREY and continuing the saga of the Courteney family. Set at the start of the 18th century in England, East Africa and Arabia. Following the lives of the three sons of Hal Courteney, who are drawn inexorably to Africa. The adventure and excitement take place on the ocean but gradually the brothers are seduced by Africa.Comments: price corner removed .very cleaan and good . Format: Hardcover. Pages: 688.
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  • Binding: Hardback
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