KING OF KINGS: Wilbur Smith’s Second Courtneys & Ballantynes Novel Coming in Spring 2019

The long-awaited sequel to Wilbur Smith’s Triumph of Sun, first published in 2005, will finally hit bookstores in 2019.

Triumph of Sun follows British trader and businessman Ryder Courtney, who is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum under the orders of the infamously iron-willed General Charles George Gordon, as a Holy War kicks off in Sudan during the late 1880s. Now, his saga will continue with King of Kings, and we have all the nail-biting plot details below. 

 


Wilbur SmithThe long-awaited sequel to Wilbur Smith’s worldwide bestseller, The Triumph of the Sun.

An epic story of love, betrayal, courage and war that brings together two of Wilbur Smith’s greatest families in this long-awaited sequel to his worldwide bestseller, The Triumph of the Sun.

Cairo, 1888. A beautiful September day. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancee, Amber Benbrook, stroll hand in hand. The future is theirs for the taking. 

But when Penrod’s jealous former lover, Lady Agatha, plants doubt about his character, Amber leaves him and travels to the wilds of Abyssinia with her twin sister, Saffron, and her adventurer husband, Ryder Courtney. On a mission to establish a silver mine, they make the dangerous journey to the new capital of Addis Ababa, where they are welcomed by Menelik, the King of Kings. But Italy has designs on Abyssinia, and there are rumours of a plan to invade…

Back in Cairo, a devastated Penrod seeks oblivion in the city’s opium dens. When he is rescued by his old friend, Lorenzo De Fonseca, now in the Italian army, and offered the chance to assess the situation around the Abyssinian border, Penrod leaps at the chance of action. 

With storm clouds gathering, and on opposing sides of the invasion, can Penrod and Amber find their way back to one another – against all the odds?

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Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published forty-one global bestsellers, including the Courtney Series, the Ballantyne Series, the Egyptian Series, the Hector Cross Series, and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have now been translated into twenty-six languages. 

King of Kings is currently scheduled to come out on April 2, 2019, and is already available for pre-order here. Make sure you’re following Wilbur Smith on Facebook and his official website for more updates, including an official cover reveal, in the coming weeks. 

 

Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

 

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