Birds of Prey (Courtney Family Adventures)

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 combating 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 strolling back from the Orient encumbered with treasure to fall into their net.

It is the start of the search that would sweep them from the hot payment of excellent wish on the southern tip of Africa to the good Horn of Ethiopia some distance to the north. The bloody catch of the Dutch merchantman, and 3 invaluable hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous event which in basic terms the bravest will survive...

Along the way in which Hal will come upon many enemies. a perilous mutineer, sworn to extract to revenge. A fellow Knight Templar, now his father's betrayer. And the main harmful adversary at the African continent, the Dutch swordsman Schreuder.

His spirit can be verified via love. For the wealthy and pampered Dutch heiress, Katinka. For the attractive slave lady, Sukeena. And for a girl whose unstinting braveness will outshine them all...

From the dungeons of excellent desire to the uncharted barren region of the darkish Continent after which to the deadly narrows of the purple Sea, Hal's religion will lead him to his future. To the safeguard of the ultimate Christian stronghold in Africa. the dominion of Prester John, historical mother or father of the helpful Holy Grail...

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

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I will take care of the batteries at the western approaches,’ Schreuder promised them. ‘I will ship a small detachment to climb down the cliffs. they won't expect an assault from their rear. besides the fact that, i can't be ready to pass the channel and succeed in the weapons at the japanese headland. ’ ‘I will ship in one other raiding get together to place these weapons out of the game,’ Ryker lower in. ‘As lengthy as we will devise a procedure of indications to co-ordinate our assaults. ’ They spent one other hour figuring out a code with flag and smoke among the ships and the shore. by means of this time the blood of either Ryker and Schreuder was once a-boil, they usually have been vying for the chance to win conflict honours. Why may still I chance my very own sailors whilst those heroes are desirous to do the paintings for me? the Buzzard inspiration fortunately. Aloud he acknowledged, ‘I commend you, gents. that's very good making plans. I take it you are going to hold up the assaults at the batteries on the front till Colonel Schreuder has cited his major strength of infantry during the woodland and is able to release the most attack at the rear of the pirate encampment. ’ ‘Yes, relatively so,’ Schreuder agreed eagerly. ‘But once the batteries at the heads were positioned out of motion, your ships will give you the diversion by means of crusing in via them and bombarding the pirates’ encampment. that might be the sign for me to release my land assault into their rear. ’ ‘We provide you with our complete aid. ’ Cumbrae nodded, considering conveniently to himself, How hungry he's for glory, and confined an avuncular urge to pat him at the shoulder. The fool is welcome to my proportion of the cannonballs, simply so long as i will be able to get my arms at the prize. Then he seemed speculatively at Captain Ryker. It in simple terms remained to rearrange that the Sonnevogel lead the squadron during the heads into the lagoon, and within the method draw the most attentions of Franky’s culverins alongside the sting of the woodland. it'd be to his virtue if she have been to maintain heavy harm ahead of Franky used to be crushed. If the Buzzard have been in control of the single seaworthy send on the finish of the conflict, he will be capable of dictate his personal phrases while it got here to putting off the spoils of struggle. ‘Captain Ryker,’ he acknowledged with an conceited flourish, ‘I declare the consideration of best the squadron into the lagoon in my gallant little Gull. My ruffians wouldn't forgive me if I allow you to move prior to us. ’ Ryker’s lips set stubbornly. ‘Sir! ’ he acknowledged stiffly. ‘The Sonnevogel is extra seriously armed, and higher capable of withstand the balls of the enemy. i need to insist that you just permit me to guide the access into the lagoon. ’ And that looks after that, notion the Buzzard, as he bowed his head in reluctant acquiescence. 3 days later they placed Colonel Schreuder and his 3 businesses of seasick musketeers ashore on a abandoned seashore and watched them march away into the African desolate tract in an extended untidy column. The African evening was once hushed yet by no means silent. whilst Hal paused at the slim course, his father’s gentle footfalls diminished prior to him, and Hal may pay attention the delicate sounds of myriad existence that teemed within the wooded area round him: the warbling name of an evening chicken, extra hauntingly attractive than ever musician coaxed from stringed tool; the scrabbling of rodents and different tiny mammals one of the useless leaves and the unexpected murderous cry of the small pussycat predators that hunted them; the making a song and hum of the bugs and the everlasting soughing of the wind.

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