Wilbur Smith Books in Order (Courtney, Ballantyne & Ancient Egypt series)

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Wilbur Smith Books in Order

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Who was Wilbur Smith?

Wilbur Addison Smith (1933-2021) was a Zambian-born South African author famous for his best-selling historical novels. This accountant by training became a full-time writer after he gained a film contract with his first published novel.

This was in 1964. Since then, Wilbur Smith published more than 50 books. Most of them are parts of its successful series: The Courtney series, The Ballantyne series, and The Ancient Egypt series. We already covered these series individually, but Wilbur Smith wrote more books that we will list in this article before talking about a full chronological order of his work.

Wilbur Smith Books in Order:

The Courtney Series in Publication Order:

The Courtney Series was not written chronologically. The first books follow the twins Sean and Garrick Courtney from the 1860s until 1925. Then, the next ones were about Centaine de Thiry Courtney, her sons, and grandchildren between 1917 and 1987. The last ones are also about successive generations of the Courtney family, from the 1660s through until the Second World War.

For more details about all those books, go to the Courtney Reading Order.

  1. When the Lion Feeds (1964) – Set during the 1860s–1890s
  2. The Sound of Thunder (1966) – Set between 1899–1906
  3. A Sparrow Falls (1977) – 1918–1925
  4. The Burning Shore (1985) – Set between 1917–1920
  5. Power of the Sword (1986) – Set between 1931–1948 
  6. Rage (1987) – Set during the 1950s and 1960s 
  7. A Time to Die (1989) – Set in 1987 
  8. Golden Fox (1990) – Set between 1969–1979 
  9. Birds of Prey (1997) – Set during the 1660s
  10. Monsoon (1999) – Set during the 1690s 
  11. Blue Horizon (2003) – Set during the 1730s
  12. The Triumph of the Sun (2005) – Set during the 1880s 
  13. Assegai (2009) – Set between 1906–1918 
  14. The Golden Lion (2015) – Set during the 1670s (with Giles Kristian)
  15. War Cry (2017) – Set between 1918–1939 (with David Churchill)
  16. The Tiger’s Prey (2017) – Set during the 1700s (with Tom Harper)
  17. Courtney’s War (2018) – Set in 1939
  18. King of Kings (2019) – Set in 1887 (with Imogen Robertson)
  19. Ghost Fire (2019) – Set in 1754 
  20. Legacy of War (2021) – Set after WWII
  21. Storm Tide (2022) (with Tom Harper)

The Jack Courtney Series in Order

For younger readers aged 10+. Set in the modern-day, The Jack Courtney Adventures follow 14-year old Jack Courtney and his friends Xander and Amelia on adventures across the world. Jack Courtney has lived in the UK his whole life. But this summer his parents are traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they’ve promised to take Jack and his friends with them. The adventure begins.

  1. Cloudburst (2020)
  2. Thunderbolt (2021)

The Ballantyne Series in Publication Order:

From the 1860s through until 1980s, this historical series (connected to the Courtney series) follows the lives of the members of the Ballantyne family against the background of the history of Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe).

For more details about all those books, go to the Ballantyne Reading Order.

  1. Falcon Flies (1980) – Set in 1860 
  2. Men of Men (1981) – Set between the 1870s and 1890s 
  3. The Angels Weep (1982) – 1st part set during the 1890s, 2nd part set in 1977
  4. The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (1984)
  5. The Triumph of the Sun (2005) Connected to the Courtney series. Set during the 1880s 
  6. King of Kings (2019) Connected to the Courtney series. Set in 1887
  7. Call of the Raven (2020) – Set before Falcon Flies.

The Ancient Egypt Series in Publication Order:

A historical fiction series based in large part on Pharaoh Memnon’s time, this Egyptian series takes us in an ancient kingdom in order to discover the incredible destiny of Taita, a humble slave and an expert in multiple disciplines who goes on a tumultuous journey, living through wars, power struggles and more.

For more details about all those books, go to the Ancient Egypt Series Reading Order.

  1. River God (1993)
  2. The Seventh Scroll (1995)
  3. Warlock (2001)
  4. The Quest (2007)
  5. Desert God (2014)
  6. Pharaoh (2016)
  7. The New Kingdom (2021) (with Mark Chadbourn)

Wilbur Smith’s series in Chronological Order

This is the chronological order for The Courtney series, The Ballantyne series, and The Ancient Egypt series. 

  1. River God (1993)
  2. Warlock (2001)
  3. The Quest (2007)
  4. Desert God (2014)
  5. Pharaoh (2016)
  6. The New Kingdom (2021)
  7. Birds of Prey (1997)
  8. The Golden Lion (2015)
  9. Monsoon (1999)
  10. The Tiger’s Prey (2017)
  11. Blue Horizon (2003)
  12. Ghost Fire (2019)
  13. Call of the Raven (2020)
  14. Falcon Flies (1980)
  15. When the Lion Feeds (1964)
  16. Men of Men (1981)
  17. The Triumph of the Sun (2005)
  18. King of Kings (2019)
  19. The Angels Weep (1982)
  20. The Sound of Thunder (1966)
  21. Assegai (2009)
  22. The Burning Shore (1985)
  23. A Sparrow Falls (1977)
  24. War Cry (2017)
  25. Courtney’s War (2018)
  26. Legacy of War (2021)
  27. Power of the Sword (1986)
  28. Rage (1987)
  29. Golden Fox (1990)
  30. The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (1984)
  31. A Time to Die (1989)
  32. The Seventh Scroll (1995)
  33. Cloudburst (2020)
  34. Thunderbolt (2021)

The Hector Cross Series in Order:

Set in the modern day, the Hector Cross Series is a thriller series about Hector Cross, an ex-SAS officer, private security expert who specializes in surveillance, infiltration, and combat. 

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  1. Those in Peril (2011) – When Hazel Bannock, billionaire oil tycoon, discovers her daughter has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda pirates just off the coast of Somalia, she uses all the power at her disposal to rescue her daughter – but politics and diplomacy fail her at every turn. Her only hope is her ex-military head of security, Hector Cross, an expert in surveillance, infiltration and combat. For all Hazel’s connections and wealth, Cross is the one man who is offering to find her daughter.
  2. Vicious Circle (2013) – When Hector Cross’ pregnant wife is shot, he believes the terrorists who nearly destroyed his life have returned to finish the job now that he has so much more to lose. But as he follows the trail across the globe, and right back home to London, a new more terrifying battle begins. 
  3. Predator (2016) (with Tom Cain) – Still licking his wounds from his last bruising encounter with Congo, Hector Cross is back and ready for work. In the middle of the rough Atlantic stands oil supertanker Bannock A. Terrorist activity in the area has triggered panic and there’s only one person they can trust to protect her. What is promised as a cakewalk turns out to be much more, a mission that will test Cross to his emotional and physical limits.

Wilbur Smith’s Standalone Novels

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  • The Dark of the Sun (1965) – Set during the Congo Crisis. Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band with the dubious support of three white officers. His mission is to relieve a mining town cut off by the fighting and to retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds. Ranged against his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerrillas and hostile tribes that roam the land. But there is another, even deadlier enemy – one of his own men…
  • Shout At the Devil (1968) – Flynn Patrick O’Flynn is an Irish-American poacher and con man who has spent the last few years taunting the military commander Herman Fleischer in the jungles of German East Africa. When young Sebastian Oldsmith joins O’Flynn as aide and apprentice, he’s eager to follow in his footsteps. But as the world changes in the shadow of the Great War, Fleischer takes terrible action against the two men.
  • Gold Mine (1970) – Ambitious and hard-living mining expert Rod Ironsides knows that the general managership of the Sonder Ditch gold mine is the chance of a lifetime. But the price of unquestioning obedience to the coldly obsessive genius of Dr Manfred Steyner proves impossible to pay. Both men are but unwitting tools of powerful people – for whom the control of a gold mine is only part of a dangerous plan which includes the destruction of the very mine itself…
  • The Diamond Hunters (1971) – The Van Der Byl Diamond Company, willed by its founder to his son Benedict, his sister Tracey and their estranged foster brother Johnny Lance, turns out to be a bequest of hatred. For it is couched in such terms as to offer Benedict the instrument of destruction of his bitterest rival. ‘Destroy Johnny’ is the old man’s implacable message. And so, consumed with envy for Johnny, Benedict sets out in ruthless pursuit of this goal – and Johnny is plunged into a maelstrom of greed, vengeance and murder…

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  • The Sunbird (1972) – Dr Ben Kazin has only a blurred photograph and a gut instinct that there is a lost city to uncover somewhere beneath the Botswana cliffs. Soon, a whispered curse and a chance encounter with a local tribe lead him to discover much more than city foundations. The curse, it seems, is real, and will link Ben, his oldest friend, and the woman they both love with a forgotten leader from 2,000 years ago, in a city of glory and honor that subsequently disappeared without a trace. But what happened to that ancient civilization? And what is it that connects that lost empire to Ben and the violent dangers he must face in the present day?
  • Eagle in the Sky (1974) – From a young age it’s clear that David Morgan is ‘bird’ – a natural pilot, most at home in the air. In the South African Air Force he receives plaudits beyond his years, and even his family begins to accept that David will do anything to stay away from the Morgan billion-dollar business and to keep flying instead. Following his dream and in pursuit of Debra, a beautiful young Israeli writer, David soon joins the Israeli Defence Force and finds himself caught up in the country’s struggles. But when he pays a terrible price for his choices, will he be able to become the man he always hoped – or will he choose to disappear into the skies?
  • The Eye of the Tiger (1975) – Harry Fletcher, a man with a chequered past, has reformed and is making an honest living as a charter skipper fishing for big game in the seductive waters of the Indian Ocean. Suddenly men from the world of violence Harry has put behind him overturn his good intentions, involving him in a hectic race to recover a fabulous treasure from an ancient wreck.
  • Cry Wolf (1976) – Jake Barton is an American engineer, Gareth Swales a stylish Englishman with a nose for a quick deal. Both have always moved from one escapade to another. Now, as Mussolini prepares to annihilate the people of Ethiopia, the two adventurers come up against Vicky Camberwell, the beautiful but fiery reporter bent on espousing their cause. Striking a bargain with a beleaguered Ethiopian prince, the trio dares to run gauntlet, guns and a batch of run-down armoured cars in a final, desperate gamble for freedom…

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  • Hungry As the Sea (1978) – Robbed of his wife and ousted from his huge shipping empire, Nick Berg is hell-bent on vengeance. It is the sea which gives him his opportunity. When his arch-rival’s luxury liner is trapped in the tempestuous Antarctic, Nick stakes all to pit his powerful salvage tug, the Warlock, in a desperate race against time and the elements…. 
  • Wild Justice (1979) – The hijacking of a jumbo jet off the Seychelles galvanises antiterrorist chief Peter Stride into the action for which he has spent a lifetime training. But even in the hail of bullets which follows, he knows that this is only the beginning of a nightmare. Stride is the one man who might find the twisted genius who holds the world hostage – if only his every move were not anticipated by the enemy…
  • Elephant Song (1991) – Dr Daniel Armstrong, ecologist and documentary maker, has dedicated his life to protecting Africa’s animals and rain forests. But when a gang of poachers murders his childhood friend, Chief Warden of the National Park, and steals the government-protected ivory stores, Daniel’s quest of passion becomes one of revenge. As he calls on his expert knowledge and insider connections to investigate who ordered the savage killing, he will discover much worse than simple murder.
  • On Leopard Rock (2018) – Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction.

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