It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off southern Africa, lying in wait for a treasure-laden galleon of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient. They have a letter from Charles II sanctioning them to hunt down and capture enemy ships 'beyond the line'.

So begins Wilbur Smith's Birds of Prey, a dramatic quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps the Courteneys from the settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north - at a time when international maritime law permitted acts of piracy, rape and murder otherwise punishable by death.

Birds of Prey is a thrilling historical adventure, read by actor Martin Shaw.

'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' The Times

Release date: January 1, 2018

Publisher: Zaffre

Print pages: 676

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