When the Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith I came to Wilbur Smith through his Egypt books ([b:River God|429138|River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311987489s/429138.jpg|434726], [b:The Seventh Scroll|416580|The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt, #2)|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312063524s/416580.jpg|1892181], [b:Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt|37619|Warlock A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt, #3)|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311996920s/37619.jpg|1892269], [b:The Quest|820396|The Quest (Ancient Egypt, #4)|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327404136s/820396.jpg|891754]) which were all fantastic. I've since read quite a few other books about the Courtneys [b:Birds of Prey|16954|Birds of Prey|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312231119s/16954.jpg|1892203], [b:Monsoon|37609|Monsoon|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317793077s/37609.jpg|1068156], [b:Blue Horizon|74786|Blue Horizon|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356459135s/74786.jpg|2818146], [b:The Triumph of the Sun|509647|The Triumph of the Sun (A Courtney Family Adventure, #12) (The Ballantyne Novels, #5)|Wilbur A. Smith|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317793005s/509647.jpg|612989] which I loved so I thought I'd go back to the beginning of the Courtney adventure. I did enjoy this book but Sean Courtney is not a hero by any means. I found myself alternately liking and hating his character. Starting with his remorseless behavior when he was young; his absolute greediness during the gold rush; and his horrific pursuit of elephants for ivory (I actually cringed during this part of the book). I continued reading because Mr. Smith's flair for description is unparalleled. He brings the action as well as the countryside right to the reader. It's almost like being there in South Africa with Sean Courtney.

I thought the ending was rather abrupt and bizarre. I will be continuing the series but not any time soon.