Courtney's War (Courtney Series #16)

Courtney's War (Courtney Series #16)

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Courtney's War 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't want it to end
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KimPr More than 1 year ago
Surprised by this book! Wilbur Smith weaves a very intense tale of love, war and despair. Upon first meeting Saffron and Gehard, you root for them immediately. As the war begins, I was able to get a glimpse of the hardships faced by so many fighting against Germany of Hitler. Saffron rises in the military, despite being a female and I love her grit! Gehard is forced to join the Nazi's as a pilot and you can feel the struggle he encounters as he attempts to perform his job while working to find a way to bring everything down. It doesn't help that his brother and ex-fiance are plotting for Gehard's downfall and when the opportunity comes, Gehard's brother doesn't waste a moment. He throws Gehard into the camps, hoping he will die. Saffron finds Gehard on his death bed. You ask does he live or does he die - you'll have to read the novel to know the ending!
HINECONSULT More than 1 year ago
It was nice to fill in some additional information on the family. The plot gets a little too pat this time around. Too many things just don't seem plausible.
Angie0184 More than 1 year ago
What the what? Apparently this is the 17th, THE 17TH! book in this series. Holy NAZI Romanticization. What the hell. I DNF'd this book at the half way point. I found myself first, falling asleep mid way through into 2 pages every single night, and I have no problem with romance novels, which is what this book seemed to be billing itself as. But it was a dual narrator, some parts told by Saffron, who was born in South Africa and was being trained by the English to fight against the Nazis, one of which she's in love with (I don't freaking get it either, stay with me here), and the other Narrator is some heart of gold isn't really a Nazi is just related to a bunch of them and is fighting with them because his family threatened a bunch of the people he really loves so instead of escaping and going to fight with Saffron which is what any other self respecting fictional hero would do he puts on his Nazi uniform and is present at the gassing of thousands of....okay I literally cannot go on at this point. I have no idea what the hell the author was trying to accomplish, and I don't know who could finish this book after this. This shit is ridiculous. I couldn't finish it. Whatever the authors' motives were, they got lost in translation and your one protagonist is literally in love with a NAZI. That's not how this works guys, that's now how any of this works. Burn your book.
Librarian_V_Reader More than 1 year ago
Librarian: If your library has a historical fiction section, then there's a good chance that a decent percentage of the books in it occur during WWII. There's something about that war that tugs at the heart and the imagination. As such, deciding whether or not to order new WWII book can sometimes be difficult. After all, you don't want to oversaturate your collection. Personally, I would order this one. It's got romance, intrigue and a popular setting, all the things that draw people to historical fiction in the first place. You may be thinking that since this is the second book in a series, you shouldn't order it if you don't have the first book. Good news! This book can absolutely be read without reading the first book! Reader: I greatly enjoyed this one. It's not my favorite genre, but it's one that I definitely enjoy enough to want to read more of. This was a good step towards that goal. Now I just need to go back and read the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven’t read the book, but I can only hope the blurb accompanying the cover is incorrect and doesn’t reflect the book. Germany didn’t invade France and Belgium until May 1940. In 1939 they weren’t occupied. Pretty basic error if the blurb is correct. and certainly should have been caught at the start of the editing process.
Bookapotamus More than 1 year ago
Riveting War Story from a Female POV I didn't realize this was a part of a series but I definitely think you can read this on its own! The Courtney family definitely has some history and some stories! All the way back to the 1600s! This one takes place in the late 1930's and Saffron Courtney is in a Romeo and Juliet type situation with Gerhard von Meerbach. The side of the war they are on and the people that they works for is tearing them apart. It's a really awesome point of few from a female's perspective during the war and not just as a nurse or a wife - but as someone fully entrenched in the war. I really liked how engaging her story was and it kept me riveted from beginning to end - thanks goodness so, because this one is a commitment at 450 pages!
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars While this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. This is my first time reading a Wilbur Smith novel and I was fascinated to learn it is the longest running series in publishing history according to the book's back cover. And while I might not be interested in the books featuring the Courtney family all the way back in the 1600s, I wouldn't mind checking out the ones that take place during the 20th century. It's 1939 and Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are deeply in love but they are forced to separate. He is going to fight for Germany even though he opposes the Nazi regime. Saffron is recruited as a spy working for the Allies and is sent to Belgium to see how the Nazis have infiltrated Special Operative Executive's network. War forces a person to make tough decisions and soon choices must be made just in order to survive. What I enjoyed most was Saffron had an interesting story line and not one you typically see with female characters in historical fiction about World War 2. She wasn't a nurse or working in a factory, she was actually in the thick of things as much as Gerhard. My only criticism is at almost 450 pages, I felt like it was slightly too long and would have benefited by trimming off at least 50 pages. Overall, it's a good story and I definitely recommend to long time fans of the series as well as those who like World War 2 historical fiction. I won a free copy of this book from Bookish First and the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.