Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure (#1)

Author(s): Wilbur Smith (with Chris Wakling)

Middle Fiction

Brand new Wilbur Smith series for readers of 11+ - starring fourteen-year-old Jack Courtney. Jack Courtney has lived in London his whole life. But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them. When his parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries, nobody seems to have any answers. Jack is pretty sure that it's got something to do with the nearby tantalum mines, but he needs to prove it. Along with Amelia and Xander, Jack must brave the jungle to save his parents. Standing in his way is a member of his own family - Caleb Courtney. There are western gorillas, forest elephants and hippos. But there are also bandits, mercenaries and hostile tribes. The three friends will need their wits about them if they are not only to save Jack's parents, but their own lives too.

Ruth's Review: Jack Courtney is heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo with his environmental campaigner parents, who are to lobby local politicians in a bid to halt illegal mining. But when his parents are kidnapped Jack, with his friends Amelia and Xander, is determined to find them, in spite of his mine-owner Uncle Langdon's advice to let the authorities do their job, and his supercilious cousin Caleb's constant putdowns. Jack has always blamed himself for the death of his older brother, who was hit by a truck years earlier and he reasons that this is his opportunity to win back his father's approval. He also wants to help protect the endangered animals and the disappearing jungle. Smith and Wakling have written an action-packed adventure, involving a safari, mercenaries, poachers, corruption, worker exploitation and family conflict. Fans of Chris Ryan (Code Red and Special Forces Cadets series) will devour this pacy thriller, which is the first of a series involving a new generation of Smith's famous Courtney dynasty. And there are plenty of twists too as not everyone is as they seem. Perfect for age 10 or 11+


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Wilbur Smith is a worldwide phenomenon. His readership has built up over fifty-five years of writing. 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 over forty 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. The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur's passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation's flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. For all the latest information on Wilbur visit or

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  • : 9781848128538
  • : Piccadilly Books, Limited
  • : Piccadilly Books, Limited
  • : October 2019
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Wilbur Smith (with Chris Wakling)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 240