The Sound of Thunder by Wilbur Smith
I had never read any of Wilbur Smith’s books before; although I had heard of him I felt that his work wouldn’t interest me. So one day I saw The Sound of Thunder when shopping and thought I would give it a go.
The first few chapters were slow reading, but I struggled through and I’m quite glad I did. The book itself is the sequel to When the Lion Feeds (although I haven’t read this) and the title doesn’t do it any justice.
The main character is a man called Sean Courtney. He is out in the wilderness when the Boer war kicks off. He finds himself (being English) surrounded by Boers and having to quickly and quietly skirt around the Boer Army, to get home.
Eventually he joins the British Army and fights with distinction, but throughout the book, he seems to be constantly fighting for his life, his lover and his family.
The book was well written and eventually a really good read. Although I do think the book should have ended about 2/3 of the way through. The last third really didn’t need to be there and added nothing to the story.
I would say that this book would be a good tour book or travel book, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it unless it was cheap from a local market store. I don’t know whether I would read any more books by Wilbur Smith, I suppose it would depend on the price and whether I had anything else I could read.
I give this book 3 mushroom heads.