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The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (Ballantyne) [Kindle Edition]

Wilbur Smith

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From Library Journal

Wild Justice, nicely read by Steven Pacey, involves Col. Peter Stride, who leads an elite force in an assault on a hijacked airliner in an attempt to free endangered hostages. Though the raid succeeds, Stride is fired for not fully following orders. Free from his military connection, he is then in a position to fight terrorism and conspiracy independently. A good story with lots of twists and treacheries. Together or separately, these three books are fine short adventures; each tale is about one-sixth the length of its original novel and loses an awful lot in the abridging. A recommendation: get these audios if you must for patrons in a hurry, but point them to an unabridged version if you can. - Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Smith deftly evokes not only the horrific but also the beautiful, particularly the lush landscape of Africa. (The Washington Post Book World)

Wilbur Smith's written another page-turner. (Daily Mail)

Praise for Wilbur Smith

Smith is a master. (Publishers Weekly)

"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." (The Washington Post Book World)

"A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." (Tulsa World)

Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared. (The Times (UK))

Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August. (Stephen King)

Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master. (The Washington Post Book World)

The world's leading adventure writer. (Daily Express (UK))

Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick. (Sunday Times)

Smith is a captivating storyteller. (The Orlando Sentinel)

No one does adventure quite like Smith. (Daily Mirror (UK))

A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books. (The Irish Times)

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 574 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (Nov. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost treasure, ancient tribal enmities, and lots of action Jan. 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on
The young country of Zimbabwe, created out of the ashes of "white" Rhodesia after the spilling of blood over a decade-long civil war, struggles to survive the inter-tribal clashes between Shona and Matabele that threaten to doom the country to another bout of civil war. The struggle is personified in two government ministers and heros of the war, General Fungabara and Tungata Zebiwe aka Sam Kumalo, scion of the Matabele royal line. Into the mix is thrown Craig Mellow, Rhodesian ex-pat and best-selling author returned to claim his family patrimony and return from New York to the land he loves best. The story progresses with an adrenaline pace where things are not as they first appear. Hundred year old legends and actions make an effect on current events as the tribes struggle for domination and liberation with Cold War implications. Only the male-female relationship between Craig and Sally Mae (or whatever) is entirely unconvincing keeping me from giving it five stars.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, and so close to reality June 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on
This has been one of the closest accounts as to how life was in Zimbabwe. It says alot more to the reader if you read between the lines, especially if you have lived there. It is such a pity that the book was banned in our country, obviously too close to the truth on certain issues.
Once again, Wilbur Smith shows his amazing gift.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally AWESOME! Dec 3 1999
By Lorien Silmaril - Published on
Even for those who were not born in Africa could smell the scent of it in the air, feel the deep passion Wilbur has toward his homeland, and the wildlife that he always loved. This book and another masterpiece of Smith's work: Elephant Song, are both among my favorites.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilbur Smith May 14 2008
By Judith Erler - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wilbur Smith is an outstanding author.....I have ordered all of his 31 books, and love them all. I usually read true crime books, but I've gotten hooked on his books. He writes amazing story lines and keeps you hanging on every one. Two of my friends have also become addicted and we can't wait for his next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love For Africa Nov. 30 2009
By John Mercier - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Author, Wilbur Smith really shows his love for Africa through his character, Craig Mellows. In this story he shows it's rich history; sometimes sad, but always exciting. This story is full of twists and turns and a lot of action which is only interrupted by the author's rich explanation of the area's history. The harshness of some of it's people are still seen in the headlines today and these battles still continue and brings this story very strongly to the present. I just ordered the first three books in this Ballantyne Series and look forward to reading them, fore Wilbur Smith is a great historical novelist.