The Sunbird

The Sunbird

Paperback - 2012
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Classic adventure from bestselling novelist Wilbur SmithI scrambled onto my knees, pushing the automatic rifle forward to cover one flank. In that instant they opened on us. The air around me was torn by the sound of a thousand bull whips, while the gunfire sounded like a stick dragged swiftly across a corrugated-iron fence.' A hazy aerial photograph and a sinister curse are the only clues Dr Ben Kazin has before he stumbles on the archaeological discovery of a lifetime. Beneath the red cliffs of Botswanaland a magnificent unknown civilization has remained buried for millennia. But the magic of uncovering a lost culture is harshly interrupted by the violence of terrorists, love, intrigue and the breathtaking secrets of centuries . . .
Publisher: London :, Pan Books,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©1972
ISBN: 9781447208389
Branch Call Number: FIC SMI
Characteristics: 614 pages ; 18 cm

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Jun 06, 2016

This book apparently inspired the name of the band Opeth. That's what led me to read it. The mixed reviews of it from Amazon and elsewhere made me curious as well.
To keep with that theme, my takeaway is mixed. You could say this book is a product of its time, its world, its author's perspective, whatever; but the X-ist (X = sex, paternal, race, class, god knows what else) references are common and distracting. This provides some insight into what all that was about at the time, and that has some value I suppose.

My curiosity led me here and is satisfied, so that counts for something too. I don't plan to read any other Wilbur Smith books, but I don't think this one was a waste of time either. I don't intend to inspire others' curiosity by this, but if it happens, don't blame me.

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