By Wilbur Smith
It is 1667 and the Dutch and the English are at struggle. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Henry 'Hal' Courtney, of their scuffling with 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 coming back from the Orient encumbered with treasure to fall into their net.
It is the start of the search that may sweep them from the recent payment of fine wish on the southern tip of Africa to the nice Horn of Ethiopia a ways to the north. The bloody trap of the Dutch merchantman, and 3 precious hostages, launches Hal right into a perilous experience which in basic terms the bravest will survive...
Along the way in which Hal will stumble upon many enemies. a perilous mutineer, sworn to extract to revenge. A fellow Knight Templar, now his father's betrayer. And the main risky 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 woman, Sukeena. And for a lady whose unstinting braveness will outshine them all...
From the dungeons of fine desire to the uncharted wasteland of the darkish Continent after which to the deadly narrows of the pink 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, ancient mum or dad of the invaluable Holy Grail...
Birds of Prey is a Courtney relations experience from bestselling writer Wilbur Smith.
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He pulled the thick woollen Monmouth cap down over his ears. The wind sliced via his leather-based jerkin yet he was once inured to such light pain. He gave it no heed and strained his eyes out into the darkness. ‘Today the Dutchmen will come,’ he acknowledged aloud, and felt the thrill and dread throb underneath his ribs. excessive above him the splendour of the celebrities started to light and fade, and the firmament used to be choked with the pearly promise of latest day. Now, some distance under him, he can make out the figures at the deck. He might realize Ned Tyler, the helmsman, bowed over the whipstaff, protecting the send actual; and his personal father stooping over the binnacle to learn the hot path, the lantern lights his lean darkish beneficial properties and his lengthy locks tangling and whipping within the wind. With a commence of guilt Hal regarded out into the darkness; he shouldn't be mooning down on the deck in those very important mins while, at any second, the enemy could loom shut handy out of the evening. by way of now it used to be mild sufficient to make out the outside of the ocean dashing via the hull. It had the demanding iridescent shine of new-cut coal. by way of now he knew this southern sea so good; this vast road of the sea that flowed perpetually down the jap coast of Africa, blue and hot and swarming with lifestyles. below his father’s tutelage he had studied it in order that he knew the color, the flavor and run of it, each one eddy and surge. at some point he additionally could glory within the name of Nautonnier Knight of the Temple of the Order of St George and the Holy Grail. He will be, as his father was once, a Navigator of the Order. His father used to be as made up our minds as Hal himself to deliver that approximately, and, at seventeen years of age, his target used to be not in simple terms a dream. This present was once the street upon which the Dutchmen needs to sail to make their westings and their landfall at the mysterious coast that also lay veiled available in the market within the evening. This used to be the gateway by which all needs to cross who sought to around that wild cape that divided the sea of the Indies from the Southern Atlantic. This was once why Sir Francis Courtney, Hal’s father, the Navigator, had selected this place, at 34 levels 25 mins south range, during which to attend for them. Already that they had waited sixty-five tedious days, beating monotonously from side to side, yet at the present time the Dutchmen may well come, and Hal stared out into the collection day with parted lips and straining eco-friendly eyes. A cable’s size off the starboard bow he observed the flash of wings excessive sufficient within the sky to capture the 1st rays of the solar, an extended flight of gannets popping out from the land, snowy chests and heads of black and yellow. He watched the major poultry dip and switch, breaking the trend, and twist its head to look down into the darkish waters. He observed the disturbance less than it, the shimmer of scales and the seething of the skin as a shoal got here as much as the sunshine. He watched the fowl fold its wings and plunge downwards, and every poultry that started its dive on the comparable element within the air, to strike the darkish water in a burst of lacy foam.