By Wilbur Smith
A Falcon Flies by means of Wilbur Smith
In 1860, a guy and girl strategy the coast of Africa aboard a fast clipper--in the command of an American who understands no legislation. Robyn Ballantyne and her brother Morris have waited years for this second: to come to Africa, to look for his or her missionary father who had disappeared someplace within the wilderness.
Traveling north from Cape city, they persist with a map left via a madman--into an uncharted international of waterfalls and jungle, teeming flora and fauna, murderous disorder, and the ghastly ruins of an dazzling urban.
Uncovering their father's path, Robyn and her brother are in the course of a slave alternate that pours out of Africa like a bloody wound. Now, to outlive what they've got discovered, they need to make their separate methods out--through pitched battles on land and on sea...and throughout the delight, passions and fury in their hearts...
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