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A Courtney series adventure - Book 2 in The Burning Shore sequence


Centaine de Thiry Courtney has more than just survived the many challenges of her life. She thrived and became a successful businesswoman with two sons: Shasa Courtney, the heir to the Courtney Mining and Finance Company, and Manfred de la Rey, Shasa's half-brother and secret child raised by his renegade father to be a hunter?of lions, and of men.

As Shasa and Manfred rise to power, however, the world becomes a much more dangerous place. The Great Depression takes hold and the winds of World War II reach Africa, forcing Centaine to make difficult decisions to ensure the security of her family.

Sweeping from the goldfields of South Africa to the backrooms of Afrikaaner power, from the thronged stadiums of the 1930s Olympics to the bloody war over Abyssinia, this masterwork of historical fiction is an unforgettable account of rivalry, revenge, and survival.

The Power of the Sword is the shocking second novel in The Burning Shore sequence of the Courtney family saga by Wilbur Smith, one of the bestselling and most beloved authors of the 20th century.

About The Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over fifty global bestsellers, including the Courtney Series, the Ballantyne Series, the Egyptian Series, the Hector Cross Series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. An international phenomenon, his readership built up over fifty-five years of writing, establishing him as one of the most successful and impressive brand authors in the world.
The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur's passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation's flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

Wilbur Smith passed away peacefully at home in 2021 with his wife, Niso, by his side, leaving behind him a rich treasure-trove of novels and stories that will delight readers for years to come. For all the latest information on Wilbur Smith's writing visit or

Product Details

  • Publisher: Zaffre (June 5, 2018)
  • Length: 881 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781499860726

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