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A Sparrow Falls [PDF / EPUB] A Sparrow Falls A Sparrow Falls another gripping installment in Wilbur Smith's Courtney Family Adventure seriesMark Anders grew up on eight thousand acres of African land that bore his family name Then he fought in E A Sparrow Falls another gripping installment in Wilbur Smith's Courtney Family Adventure seriesMark Anders grew up on eight thousand acres of African land that bore his family name Then he fought in Europe's Great War and upon returning to his ancestral home he saw savagery unlike any otherIn Africa Mark's family estate has been despoiled His grandfather has died under mysterious A Sparrow PDF/EPUB ² circumstances And he has inherited a murderous enemy the rogue scion of the powerful Courtney clan in an altogether new kind of warNow Mark will make a fateful choice between two women Journey into the wilderness to uncover his grandfather's fate Find his way through battles raging between fathers and sons generals and politicians and nature and man In an age of violent conflict Mark Anders will live or die for justice and his fight will echo across a country he always loved.

10 thoughts on “A Sparrow Falls

  1. says:

    About ten years after writing The Sound Of Thunder Smith returns to the Courtney family saga with this book published in 1977 We begin again with Sean Courtney four years after the end of The Sound Of Thunder Now we are in France in the trenches of World War I Sean is a general and is on a surprise inspection tour He meets a young South African sniper named Mark Anders Sean is interested in seeing how Anders does his job and stays until our sniper faces off with 'their' sniperAfter this episode Sean disappears and mark Anders takes over the book Now I have to admit I was heartily disappointed in this one and that is rare for me with a Wilbur Smith story But I was expecting to read about the younger generation of Courtneys by now and I was thrown for a loop when Anders became the main character right off the batDirk Courtney does feature and he is just as evil as his younger self promised to be in the earlier book but Michael is mentioned only in passing and it would be a spoiler for The Burning Shore if I say why Somehow I could never get too involved in this story It deals with creating unions the fight for workers' rights Bolshevism and the many other topics that were current after The Great War Intense and complex themes of course but I simply couldn't focus on themAfter about 100 pages I skimmed uickly through the rest and decided to DNF

  2. says:

    Maybe it was a mistake to read three novels by Wilbur Smith in a short period which is what I have just done By doing so I began to recognise the tricks that the author employs to achieve his incredibly exciting style of story tellingThis story which begins in the trenches in France during the First World War continues in South Africa during the period of labour troubles in the goldmines of the Witwatersrand in 1922 before moving on to the story of a game reserve in the Zulu lands of NatalEpisodes of nail biting excitement are separated by over detailed descriptions of romantic intimacy and also less interesting interludes A whole host of well described sometimes believable characters populate the novel often being conveniently killed off by the author when he is not sure what to do with them next The hero of the book Mark Anders survives an unbelievable number of incredible near death situations I was amazed that he managed to survive from beginning to the end of this long novelA thread of interesting South African history is woven into the story but somehow I felt that the whole novel was contrived than it needed to beI will read of Wilbur Smith but maybe not for a while

  3. says:

    My 200th posted review for 2015In this the concluding novel in the Sean Courtney collection Smith moves the powerful man aside and offers the reader a new focus in the young Mark Anders Serving under Courtney in the Great War Anders survives in the trenches and returns to his family homestead which has been confiscated and his grandfather murdered Learning of the gang behind the acts Anders discovers that his former General's own son Dirk Courtney is the mastermind Using this as a pretence for revenge Anders begins working for General Sean Courtney first as his assistant and eventually in a position of political patronage as game warden At this time Anders falls in love with the General's daughter Storm who has grown up with a silver spoon in her mouth and cannot imagine life with such a commoner As Smith builds the novel's narrative South Africa comes of age under the Smuts Government where it begins to bulge at the seams after a surge of socialist upheaval To uell the workers and the early germination of race clashes government troops push back the protest which only delays further action Anders finds himself in the middle of this and other key aspects of South African independence as he tries to find his way With the chance to eventually face his nemesis Anders learns of the lengths to which Dirk Courtney will go to get his way allowing no one to cross him As Smith brings the Sean Courtney story to a conclusion he has only just begun laying the groundwork for the explosive second collection of Courtney novels in which future generations will surely see the country become cesspool of racism on the African continent A must read novel and series by any curious readerOver this short three novel series Smith has created the foundation for a wonderful series that places South Africa at its centre Written with the mysteries of the continent in mind Smith is able to use a core group of characters to live within history and yet forge their own lives and weave highly intriguing tales His storytelling is second to none and the drama that Smith instills keeps the reader begging for Looking only at the first collection if I were to offer a criticism it would be that the time period between the books is large and brief narration to weave together the happenings from one book to the other does not adeuately suffice Readers like myself might enjoy additional novels in the series to flesh out the character arcs summarising their lives from one novel to the next which are handled in a brief paragraph in Smith's narrative A detailed construction could make for new and exciting storylines if done properly Smith has me thoroughly hooked and wondering what will come next in the second collection a multi generational addition to the Courtney seriesKudos Mr Smith for the foundational work on this wonderful series Your climactic ending has me wondering what other twists you have in store However it is time to diverge and explore the Ballantyne family to see how they differ or intersect the Courtneys before returning for another round of South Africa's developmentLikehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at

  4. says:

    The 5 star rating is for the entertainment value The style of writing is somewhat dated but nevertheless manages to keep a firm grip on the reader The characters are vibrant and you either hate or love themThe plot is on fire sucking the reader into a series of exciting events that are constantly surprising The reader finds himherself trying to predict outcomes with partial success only to be surprised by unexpected twists Try to read the Wilbur Smith Novels in order not essential but enjoyable Even though names and events have been assumedchanged the book is relatively accurate in capturing the spirit of South Africa I found it fascinating to read descriptions of the places where I grew up

  5. says:

    Smith shows a vast knowledge of South African and World War I through his description and naming of props and settings Therefore the world he creates is very believable and intriguing For that I would give him four stars His weakness is in characters and how unbelievable they are The hero Mark Anders is presented as all good Yes he gives into lust and infidelity but Smith writes with such a tone as to justify these actions And he's perfect at everything; perfect soldier perfect driver perfect salesman perfect office assistant In order to connect to a character he needs to have some faults just as we all do The villain is the cliche all I want is money bad guy Think of something evil and he's probably doing it right now I was much interested in Pungushe who had a dry wit that was realistic and a hidden depth to his character There were also vast wastelands of exposition that told me how I was to view the characters I wanted to yell out Don't tell me they had a meaningful conversation that drew them closer together; show me If the flat characters were given depth or cut entirely and if the exposition was cut down the novel would be half its length but twice as good Give me a book where Smith uses only his talent and cuts the fat I would give that book a 4 or 5

  6. says:

    This is the outstanding final chapter of Wilbur Smith's initial Courtney trilogy that began with WHEN THE LION FEEDS With the story of Sean and Garry virtually tied up at the end of A SOUND OF THUNDER the previous instalment the plot in this one introduces a new central protagonist who brings freshness to the sagaDespite being a great deal longer than the first two books A SPARROW FALLS is never less than unputdownable Starting off in the trenches of WW1 and gradually moving to the African wilds Smith creates a compelling portrait of a changing society and changing landscape Once again various plot strands of war terror and romance are woven together expertly with the miner's strikes of 1922 playing an important background partDirk Courtney a mere boy in the last saga has become a ruthless and powerful villain by this time one of the most memorable bad guys I've read from this author Mark Anders shell shocked and innocent makes for an engaging hero and a fitting contrast to Sean Courtney's alpha male masculinity The action scenes are superby described as always and the ending manages to be both powerful tragic and fitting Great stuff

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book A Sparrow Falls follows on from The Sound of Thunder and because I did not relate to the later i found myself hesitant to read A Sparrow Falls For this reason I struggled to get into the book It was a terribly tragic ending but was not predictable which is sometimes the case with Wilbur Smith books I was also pleased that the hero of the book Mark Anders did not succomb to the same fate as Sean Courtney in life and in love I was drawn to the character and preferred him to Sean purely because he had less greed and compassion He didn't go on endless senseless hunting expeditions that were purely motivated by money and power I often found myself getting angry with Sean Courtney as a result of his reckless behaviour Whilst reading the book i went to Booysens and the mining city descriped in the book now Gold Reef City For this reason i was able to understand the history better and the book was realistic

  8. says:

    I love ALL of Wilbur Smith's books but of course I like some better than othersThis book wasn't in the top echelon of his writing in my opinionThe plot is as Wilbur Smithesue as you could want the grown up estranged son of the powerful and wealthy Sean Courtney returns mysteriously rich and ready to play politics dirty politics as dirty as necessary Being smart Dirk Courtney gets his minions to get their hands dirty instead of his Add to the mix Mark Anders who Sean met in the trenches of WW1 and treats like the son he never had in Dirk; and his beautiful but tempestuous and very proud Storm Courtney with which Mark has an almost star crossed relationship and there you have itI enjoyed this book but for anyone who has read an amount of Wilbur Smith books I think they would probably agree with me that his writing noticeably developed over the yearsWorth reading none the less

  9. says:

    Wilbur Smith never disappoints In this 3rd book of the Courtney Series two Courtney men go to war in France but only one returns The trip home aboard ship turns into a life and death struggle for the newest Courtney and we see parts of Africa I've never even heard of All the characters are memorable and I've already started The Burning Shore Note If you've never read a Courtney book and want to read them chronologically books #910and11 are preuels to the others just written later I had read 4 books before I realized this So start with Birds of Prey to begin in the 1600s with the first Courtney

  10. says:

    After reading the first two books in this series I had high hopes for this one But it was fairly disappointing It continues the saga of the Courtney family but the story line this time was uite predictable and a bit boring I couldn't connect with any of the characters and only kept reading because I hoped it would get better I did enjoy the wildlife and nature descriptions of Chaka's Gate and fantasizing about how the country's wildlife preserves may have come to pass Note graphic sexual content throughout the book

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