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1665: The birth of a dynasty, amidst a battle for sea supremacy

At the dawn of the Courtney Saga, we find ourselves in 1665, scudding the seas of West Africa among the legalised piracy and legitimised carnage of the Anglo-Dutch War. For those with the guts, the rewards could be great – but the risks were high, and the price of failure often paid in blood.

The Anglo-Dutch Wars

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The Anglo-Dutch Wars

The 17th century world was rife with naval conflicts and the war between England and Holland was among the bloodiest. Discover how England used piracy to its advantage – and how a stroke of bad luck was decisive in turning the battle back in the Dutch's favour.

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1889: Zulu! Brothers on the Battlefield

Twin brothers Sean and Garrick are inseparable until the British conflict with the Zulu drives them apart, and changes their lives forever. When Sean goes missing in the massacre at the Battle of Isandlwana, Garrick presumes him dead and marries his pregnant girlfriend Anna, a decision that drives a greater stake between the brothers than any war could.

1900: The British versus the Boers

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1900: The British versus the Boers

As South Africa passes into the twentieth century, the British refuse to relinquish their grip on the nation, even in the face of rising resistance from the Boers. Across two wars, the veldt is stained red in battles resulting in the death of thousands.

In The Sound of Thunder, Sean Courtney returns to the battlefield – this time fighting his former allies in the Second Boer War. As South Africa descends into chaos, Sean rises to lead a team of elite guerrillas, but soon finds that the Boers aren't his only enemy. Twisted by hatred, his estranged brother Garrick plots a cruel and unusual revenge on Sean and his new bride. . .

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1917: An Exile of The Great War

As Europe burns in the furnace of the First World War, Courtney family scion and fighter pilot Michael is heroically killed in action. His new bride Centaine flees to her late husband's homeland of South Africa, but when her ship is torpedoed, she finds herself shipwrecked, alone – and put to the ultimate test of survival.

The Skeleton Coast is a bleak desert fringing Namibia, once well known for shipwrecks, today a graveyard of thousands of whale bones. Explore the reality of the eerie landscape where Centaine de Courtney made land.

Follow Wilbur’s adventure as young man working on a Skeleton Coast trawler–the inspiration for The Burning Shore, and quite a tale in its own right.

1939: As Europe falls, two heroes rise

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1939: As Europe falls, two heroes rise

A tale of undying love amidst the carnage and cruelty of the Second World War, Courtney's War is Wilbur's latest adventure, and the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller War Cry.

Meet Saffron Courtney – young, beautiful, heroic. . . and deadly. Fresh from her experience in the theatres of war of her native Africa, she finds herself recruited to an organisation more secret than MI6, more lethal than the Green Berets, and fearless in the face of the advancing Nazi hordes.

Courtney's War

Join Wilbur’s latest adventure – a tale of courage, betrayal and undying love as Europe falls to Hitler. Lovers Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach have been torn apart by war.

Thousands of miles apart and fighting for their lives on opposite sides of the conflict, they find themselves forced to make the ultimate choice: sacrifice themselves to their causes, or survive by any means necessary, in the hope that they’ll one day be reunited. A classic romance in a time of courage and catastrophe.

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