Whirlwind by James Clavell
Author: James Clavell
ISBN 10: 0-340-40684-4
ISBN 13: 0-340-40684-4
Publisher: Coronet Books HODDER STOUGHTON LTD
Genre/Subject: Historical novel
Place of publication: London
Year Published: 1987
Number of Pages: 1343
Dimensions (mm): 180 x 110 x 40 mm (4.4 x 7 x 2.2 inches)
Shipping Weight (g):600 gram (1.2 pounds)
Presents the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979: three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak. Caught between the revolutionaries and the forces of international
intrigue is a team of professional pilots. They are ordered to flee to safety with their helicopters.
Andrew Gavallan, based in Scotland, runs a helicopter company operating in Iran during the Shah's reign. When Khomeini comes to power, Gavallan must get his pilots and their families, and his valuable helicopters, out of the riot-torn country. Complicating matters is his power struggle with his company's secret owner, the Noble House of Hong Kong. The pilots' escape efforts form the basic story but as usual in a Clavell novel the action sweeps across many lives: lovers, spies, fanatics, revolutionaries, friends and betrayers. British, Finnish, American, and Iranian, all are caught up in a deadly religious and political upheaval. Clavell effectively portrays the chilling and bewildering encounters when Westernized lifestyle clashes with harsh ancient traditions. This novel, the fifth in what he calls his Asian Series (Noble H o use, King Rat, Tai Pan, Shogun) is certain to be in much demand. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington D.C.
So abundant in sub-plots, characters, intrigue and atmosphere that its 1,000-plus pages seem barely adequate. Some of the most enjoyable reading around. Daily Mail 'Clavell seems to creep inside the very soul of the land and the people ... A damn good read' Boston Herald WHIRLWIND is strongly structured, skilfully plotted, rich in detail and very entertaining. Clavell brings the grimness and grandeur of an ancient land to life San Francisco Chronicle James Clavell does more than entertain. He transports us into worlds we've not known, stimulating, educating, questioning ... a wonder of detail Washington Post The author handles the plot with all the confident authority of a ring-master, keeping a half-dozen themes and a formidable cast of characters moving along at a cracking pace. By the end I was breathless and lost in admiration at the sheer professionalism of it all Sunday Telegraph
About the Author:
James Clavell (1924-1994) born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW. Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love.
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