î Read Ö La guerra dei Courtney by Wilbur Smith â Historical fiction set in WWII times Author Wilbur Smith does so much justice to this genre Superb writing style, great characters, intense story building I don t know if I find the topic of anything Nazi appealing but it comes with the time this story takes place and wellit must be incorporated and I don t know if the romance is something that I am really all that interested in but again.
the characters and the story building make these books interesting and so I come back for until I find a reason otherwise Courtney s War is an intense read with dual perspectives The characters are memorable and the writing style is easy to follow A heartbreaking read Author Wilbur Smith is an author that if you read one of his booksyou give the others a chance Thanks to the good people of goodreads and to author Wilbur Smith for my free copy of this book won via giveaway I received I read I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily.
Did I expect , yes I did, but it just wasn t my cup of tea, I just could nt get into it, I have loved all the Courtneys, just not this one.
Due Eroi Un Legame IndissolubileParigi, Separati Dalla Guerra, A Migliaia Di Miglia Di Distanza L Uno Dall Altra, Saffron Courtney E Gerhard Von Meerbach Lottano Per Sopravvivere Al Conflitto Che Sta Dilaniando L Europa Gerhard, Ostile Al Regime Nazista, Deciso A Rimanere Fedele Ai Propri Ideali Nonostante Tutto E Combatte Per La Madre Patria Nella Speranza Di Poterla Liberare, Un Giorno, Da Hitler Ma Quando La Sua Unit Si Ritrova Coinvolta Nell Inferno Della Battaglia Di Stalingrado, Si Rende Conto Che Le Possibilit Di Uscirne Vivo Si Affievoliscono Di Giorno In GiornoSaffron, Che Nel Frattempo Stata Reclutata Dal SOE, L Esecutivo Operazioni Speciali, E Inviata Nel Belgio Occupato Per Scoprire In Che Modo I Nazisti Sono Riusciti A Infiltrarsi Nella Rete Dell Organizzazione, Deve Trovare Il Modo Di Sfuggire All Implacabile Spia Tedesca Che Le D La CacciaCostretti Ad Affrontare Forze Malvagie E Orrori Indicibili, I Due Innamorati Sono Chiamati A Prendere La Decisione Pi Difficile Sacrificare Se Stessi, O Cercare Di Sopravvivere A Ogni Costo Nella Speranza Che Il Destino, Un Giorno, Permetter Loro Di Ritrovarsi Una Storia Epica Di Coraggio, Tradimento E A Imperituro Che Porta Il Lettore Nel Cuore Della Seconda Guerra Mondiale Wilbur Smith is a well established author, with over 130 million of his novels sold worldwide and today I decided that I needed to get to know himCourtney s War is a WWII spy thriller packed full of action, intrigue, and the horror endured in the camps of Sachsenhausen and Dachau The Courtney in question is Saffron Courtney, a white South African recruited by England s Special Operations Executive Saffron does fall into a bit of a cliche that I have witnessed in spy action thrillers She s drop dead gorgeous and she can kick ass But Wilbur Smith makes her so relatable that I loved reading her book parts despite the aforementioned cliche The other protagonist we follow is German pilot, Gerhard von Meerbach, who hates the Nazi cause and is separated from Saffron who he loves Honestly, he was a bit of a cliche too and I felt he needed to be a bit fleshed out as a character Also much of his storyline was intriguing but sometimes appeared to be lacking clear execution What I do feel was very evident is that Smith brilliantly weaves a strong sense of what the world was like during the war years, the dangers spies and Resistance leaders faced, and how disenchanted some enlisted Germans felt with Hitler and the Nazi regime, especially after Stalingrad That alone makes me confident I would give Wilbur Smith another chance in the future Are you a Wilbur Smith fan What book s would you recommend Let me know in the comments section below.
Although this is technically part of a series I didn t feel as though I needed to have read any of the others It could easily be a standalone This book is heartbreaking and emotional and fast paced but it was such a good read The characters were instantly likeable and I was routing for Saffron and Gerhard from the start I was nearly crying at the end and my heart aches a little at some of the situations and horrors that they lived through and saw It s been quite a while since I ve read any books based in the war and this was a good one to delve back into it with It s written in a way that draws you in and keeps you hooked until the very end I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction set in the war.
Thank you Simon Schuster for this Arc copy.
This is a WWII book and although I read many WWII historical novels, I found this one hard too get into It start s in 1939 Paris with two lovers Gerhard Von Meerbach and Saffron Courtney But when the war breaks out Gerhard is sent to fight for Nazi Germany and Saffron is recruited for the opposition as a spy I have to say Saffron s character was very interesting and not your typical one as a female in WWII novels This book is 16 in a series but can be read alone I won this copy and have never read anything by Wilbur Smith before.
Con questo romanzo, Smith sembra essere tornato quello dei tempi migliori di questa saga Magari anche merito del ghost writer mica tanto ghost, visto che lo affianca in copertina , ma sicuramente anche lui ha ancora tanto da dire, almeno sui Courtney.
E bello rivedere Centaine, Shasa, Blaine, Tara, ma l ambientazione nella II Guerra mondiale a dare quel tocco in pi alla saga, oltre ai personaggi ben caratterizzati di Gerhard e Saffron, che, con la loro parabola, cos diversa ma anche cos simile, nello scacchiere della guerra e dei propri sentimenti, emozionano come non succedeva da tempo con Smith.
Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives Gerhard despite his objections to the Nazi regime is fighting for the Fatherland, hoping to one day have the opportunity to rid Germany of Hitler and his cronies But as his unit is thrown into the hellish attrition of the Battle of Stalingrad, he knows his chances of survival are dwindling by the day Meanwhile Saffron recruited by the Special Operations Executive and sent to occupied Belgium to discover how the Nazis have infiltrated SOE s network soon finds herself being hunted I ve loved the author s books ever since I read When the Lion Feeds I eagerly awaited his next book each year or so However recently his books have lost their way but I m glad to say this is back to his best We first met Saffy Gerhard in War Cry the story of their fathers was in Assegai, I m so glad they are now centre stage This is a harrowing book at times really brings home the horrors of the Second World War, I cringed, I gasped, I felt sick, I cried I couldn t put it down There are quite a few things that are left unresolved so desperately need the next book in the series.
My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Wilbur Smith, David Churchill, and Bonnier Zaffre USA for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review After a few novels in the Courtney saga proved to be complete duds, I was pleased to see Wilbur Smith team up with David Churchill and returned things to the 20th century, where the series has flourished In the Spring of 1939, young love is blossoming between Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach Highly educated and politically savvy, both Saffron and Gerhard can feel the tides turning in Europe and anticipate the Nazis will begin their push through Europe, triggering another massive war After spending time in Paris, these young lovers must part, vowing to find one another as soon as possible Fast forward to 1942, where Saffron Courtney is deeply embedded into Baker Street , a covert group led by a handful of British spies Her goal will be to infiltrate the National Socialist movement in Belgium and the Netherlands, with hopes of learning Nazi news that can be fed back to the Allies Meanwhile, Gerhard has become a valuable asset to the Germans, working in the air during the Battle of Stalingrad, shooting down any Russian plane that dares get too close During one flyover, Gerhard sees some of the atrocities being done to large portions of the Jewish community, only later learning that it is the Final Solution ramping up Vowing to himself to bring down the Nazis, Gerhard must carefully destroy the political machine without being caught, with a brother who is fully engaged in the Nazi movement and smells a rat As Saffron returns to the African continent to help build her backstory, she spends some time with family and renews old acquaintances, only to be pulled away and sent to Belgium Her actions may not be as covert as she hoped, but she can hope to remain one step ahead of the Germans hunting her down With the War reaching its climax, both Saffron and Gerhard will have to work hard to return Europe to its proper course, though Nazis are ruthless and are happy to scrub out anyone who does not respect the Reich s power Brilliant in its delivery and full of wonderful storylines, Smith and Churchill show that this is one saga to which dedicated readers can return with pride Recommended for those who love the Courtneys in all their glory.
It was a difficult decision to choose this book, having been so disheartened by some of the recent novels in this saga That said, I had to tell myself that those novels that took things onto the high seas many generations ago were part of a sub series that never caught my attention With some of my favourite characters and 20th century history mixed together, I knew that Wilbur Smith alongside his writing companion, David Churchill should get the benefit of the doubt This is a return to the great Courtney stories and the reader should find it easy to glide into the comfort of familiar names had they read much of the previous novels while finding the plot riveting and eager to comprehend Saffron Courtney remains a strong, independent woman who, even though she is madly in love, finds little issue with remaining grounded and able to make snap decisions She has become a powerhouse character in previous novels and only grows likeable and independent minded here Her tactics will likely have the reader cheering her on as she makes her way through early 1940s Europe in an age where women were still not given their due Gerhard von Meerbach proves to be as interesting as he is cocky, though some of that is surely a ruse as he hides within the Nazis in order to bring them down He is strong willed, as is seen throughout and particularly in the last segment of the book, always hoping that he will be reunited with the woman he loves While there may be an imbalance in that love between the two characters, the reader can surely feel the connection throughout the parallel plots as they develop The story itself is strong and uses Second World War history and some of the less familiar angles to keep things from becoming too predictable Saffron s seeking to penetrate the Nazis is as intriguing as it is unpredictable, while Gerhard seems passive in his attempts to weaken the military might for which he fights The handful of worthwhile secondary characters do well to push the story forward, particularly as to go to either support or suppress our aforementioned protagonists I can only hope that the reader will see some of the vilification that I did throughout the book, from actual Nazi officers as well as those who support National Socialism in other domains The narrative kept a good pace, giving the reader action throughout However, with unnumbered, lengthy chapters, some segments seemed to stretch out without that literary breath that invigorates a stellar story Let s be glad the Courtneys are back in fine form.
Kudos, Messrs Smith and Churchill, for returning the Courtney saga to its rightful place with a strong novel I can only hope this will continue, as you boasted, Mr Smith, in your recently published memoir that you loves this series with all your heart.
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5 starsWhile this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone This is my first time reading a Wilbur Smith novel and I was fascinated to learn it is the longest running series in publishing history according to the book s back cover And while I might not be interested in the books featuring the Courtney family all the way back in the 1600s, I wouldn t mind checking out the ones that take place during the 20th century.
It s 1939 and Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are deeply in love but they are forced to separate He is going to fight for Germany even though he opposes the Nazi regime Saffron is recruited as a spy working for the Allies and is sent to Belgium to see how the Nazis have infiltrated Special Operative Executive s network War forces a person to make tough decisions and soon choices must be made just in order to survive What I enjoyed most was Saffron had an interesting story line and not one you typically see with female characters in historical fiction about World War 2 She wasn t a nurse or working in a factory, she was actually in the thick of things as much as Gerhard My only criticism is at almost 450 pages, I felt like it was slightly too long and would have benefited by trimming off at least 50 pages Overall, it s a good story and I definitely recommend to long time fans of the series as well as those who like World War 2 historical fiction.
I won a free copy of this book from Bookish First and the publisher I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.