Wilbur Smith back on form,
12 Aug 2009
Assegai is a typical Wilbur Smith book that will please his loyal fans. After The Quest (which was very poor by his standards), this has Smith back on form. There's lots of action that keeps the reader wondering what's happening next. The central character, Leon Courtney, is a likeable fellow. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is a lot of killing of animals. Some may find this a bit squeamish.
While I enjoyed the book I have one major quibble with it. The book is billed as a Courtney falling in love with Eva, the German industrialist's daughter - but she does not make an appearance until the second half of the book. Advertising is a bit misleading on this.
Finally - the real winner in this book, as in most of Smith's books is Africa. Lots of descriptions of beautiful animals and landscapes - Smith's love of Africa shines through once again.