Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.
Smith, whose 23 adventure yarns have sold more than 50 million copies, sets his most recent epic in civil war-torn ancient Egypt. The first print run is 150,000 copies.
Set against the backdrop of the Hyksos invasion of Egypt, circa 1780 B.C., Smith's adventurous tale of ancient love, intrigue and avarice was a three-week PW bestseller. (Feb.)
"The brutality of life in ancient times is everywhere evident in Taita's tale, which involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period." --Booklist "Gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish. Brightly colored, sweeping escapism." --Kirkus "A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled." --San Francisco Chronicle "A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile." --Denver Post "An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings ... richly written ... packs in the action ... excellent." --Weekend Telegraph "Superlatively evocative....Smith`s descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum." --Observer "Big, brave and blockbusting ... brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile." --Mail On Sunday "Grand mythical material.... the set pieces are fabulous." --Times Literary Supplement "High adventure . . . There is never a lull in this majestic novel, one filled to overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite color." --Washington Post "An epic... Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels." --Tulsa World "Vivid and fascinating ... packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge...The details are intimate, inspiring ... The author makes you see it, hear it--even smell it." --The Orlando Sentinel "Vivid detail... Sumptuous storytelling... A feast!" --Detroit Free Press "Involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period." --Booklist "Compulsively readable historical novel...containing all the standard elements of great adventure--intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action." --Publishers Weekly "A full-blooded epic." --The Times "A page-turner...few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...his detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating." --Anniston Star (TX) "Like a good action movie, the book ends with a show-down...well-written and entertaining." --Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) "Compulsively readable...contains intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action...rewarding and satisfying." --El Paso Herald-Post (TX) "An epic novel of ancient Egypt, a great adventure with all the right ingredients: victories and defeats, secrets and revelations, life and death, reverence and godlessness, hate and love." --The Des Moines Register