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The Moghul [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hoover
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(Doubleday, 1983)

Reviewers called it the best novel on India since Kipling. An immediate European bestseller, optioned by Indian/German producers who commissioned a six-hour mini-series, then Canadian producers with BBC.

Based on real people (ca. 1620) – an English “sea dog” shoots his way through Portuguese gallons and into an Indian port to open trade. Once on land, there’re tiger hunts, war elephants, sensual music, drugs, and sacred lovemaking.

THE MOGHUL was immediately a European bestseller, optioned by Indian producers who commissioned a six-hour mini-series, then Canadian producers with the BBC.
Based on real people (ca. 1620) – THE MOGHUL begins in a rip-roaring sea battle north of Bombay in which the vastly out-gunned adventurer, Brian Hawksworth, ship's captain and emissary of King James, blows away a flotilla of Portuguese galleons to gain access to an Indian port. He's come to open trade for “barbaric” England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every turn. But once on land, he’s captive: the beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest – of supreme sensuality in music, visions, and sacred lovemaking.
India, ruled by the son of great Akbar, is about to pass to one of his sons. Hawksworth must choose sides, but will he choose right? The future of England, and of India, depend on it. Assailed by intrigue and assassination, tormented by a forbidden love, enthralled by a mystic poet, Hawksworth engages war elephants, tiger hunts, the harem of the Red Fort of Agra, the Rajput warriors at Udaipur, becomes intimate champion to Shah Jahan, (builder of the Taj Mahal), and, in his supreme test, plays the sitar with a touch that elicits from the great Shah – “Finally, my English friend – you understand.”
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A SWEEPING ADVENTURE THAT SWEPT THE CRITICS!
"IF YOU ENJOYED THE FAR PAVILIONS OR SHO-GUN, YOU SHOULD OBTAIN THOMAS HOOVER'S NEW NOVEL ABOUT INDIA . . . ROBUST . . . ROUS¬ING ... ROLLICKING ADVENTURE . . . JUST ABOUT PERFECT'
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"HIGH ACTION . . . SPRAWLING"
—San Diego Union
"THOMAS HOOVER CAPTURES THE SOUNDS AND SMELLS AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE TIME, FROM THE MYSTERIESOFTHE HAREM TOTHE BATTLES BETWEEN MASSED ELEPHANTS"
—Milwaukee Journal
"ROUSING"
—Publishers Weekly
"GOOD ENTERTAINMENT ... I WOULD NOT HESI¬TATE TO RECOMMEND THE MOGHUL TO ANY¬ONE WHO ENJOYS ROBUST HISTORICAL ADVEN¬TURE AND ROMANCE"
— Omaha World-Herald
"PLENTY OF ACTION . . . FASCINATING ... A VIV¬IDLY TOLD TALE"
-- Wichita Falls Times


Tags: Moghul, India, Shah Jahan, British India, Taj Mahal, Portuguese India, India History, Agra, Raj, Seventeenth-Century India

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611790697
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Doubleday (13 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X99YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,700 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 28 April 2011
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India 1620: India is ruled by the son of the great Akbar, and is about to pass his crown to one of his sons. Brian Hawksworth, ship's captain and emissary of King James, must choose sides, but will he choose correctly? The future of England, and of India, depend on it.
He had come to India to open trade for "barbaric" England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every opportunity. But once on land, he becomes captivated by the country and the people. The beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest for supreme sensuality in music, mystical visions, and sacred lovemaking.
From pulse-pounding sea battles, to tiger hunts, war elephants, harems and forbidden love--The Moghul takes you on a breath-taking tour of the India that existed before the British Raj.

This is a long book! I have to say I enjoyed the first third of the book, but then, for me, it got bogged down in Indian politics of the time and made the reading a slow progress.
The Moghul is not for the faint-heated and not one that you can easily put down for a few days and pick back up again. I did this and found myself lost. What makes it difficult is not only the foreign names, but the many characters. I am one who loves books that have numerous characters, but this book, with its unfamiliar place names and politics of the rulers of India at the time, was tough going in parts.
The descriptions are wonderful and at the beginning the plot is clear and enjoyable, but sadly the middle to the end of the book lost some of its magic because of the weight of intrigue and I lost interest in those fighting for the kingdom.
If the author had cut back on the politics I would have enjoyed the story much better.
I did learn much about the early times of India though, which was very interesting.
I read The Moghul by Thomas Hoover on my Kindle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 12 Nov 2011
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This is the first Thomas Hoover book I have read but it won't be the last. Hoover has clearly researched the period well and his characters have depth and realism. The book is a little long winded in places and could do with better editing. Some scenes change from one paragraph to the next with no spacing to illustrate a change of focus. You just have to bear with it and get used to it.
Overall well worth the effort to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining, nearly un-putdownable 21 Dec 2011
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I have a fascination for historical fiction but have rarely found books better than CJ Sansom's Shardlake series. This was my first Indian history fiction - and it was quite fascinating. The story had all the elements of politics, intrigue, religion, romance that you would expect in a book of this kind. I probably appreciated it more because of my familiarity with the history around the Mughals and the Rajputs. The detailing in some of the areas could have been shorter - especially around the music and architecture. But loved the detailing on the food!! Other than these bouts of verbosity, it was a great read, especially the last quarter building to the climax. Even though the outcome is well known.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped for 23 Nov 2013
By jazz
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I expected a book about India as she was. A history of the country, the way people lived, their religions, culture, way of life. The life of the villagers, the court, the harem. Instead I got a book about fighting, sinking ships, killing, betrayal, with a rather muddled bit about life in court. Too many people and not at all sure who they all were. Heavy editing would probably have made this an excellent read. Pity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 26 Jun 2011
By ms
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This book was a pure joy to read and I didn't want it to end. The fact that it was inspired by historical events in India with England's early attempts to trade with this country in the early 17th century made it all the more interesting.

My long-standing passion for Indian Miniature Paintings was re'kindle'd by the author's passionate and sensuous descriptions of life and culture in India during that period. The author's research on India's cast system, internal wars, political and religious intrigues made the book very entertaining in a non-academic way.

It was also a sad reminder of the West's long standing arrogance and misguided superiority towards ancient Eastern civilisations.

A great kindle read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 18 Feb 2013
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I really enjoyed this - at first. The set-up, sea voyage and battle with the Portugese is really good and entertaining. But then it just seems to get bogged down in exploring the politics and culture of India at the time, and I became frustrated, not by any desire for shallow action sequences, but by any lack of forward momentum in the onward journey of the main character. At another time I might have been willing to give it more time to develop. It almost seemed that the author had done so much research or knew the subject so well, he just had to cram it all in to the detriment of the actual story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOGHUL 29 Nov 2012
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enjoyed the moghul good historical fiction researched well characters felt real and sentiments expressed by hero very much in line with prejudices of the time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sections 1 Aug 2012
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The Moghul is the story of a ship's captain Brian Hawksworth's attempts to acquire trading rights for the fledgling East India Company in Mughal ruled India, a world of palace politics, sex and saris. Though fiction the story is based on historical fact thus avoiding major clangers.

The book has a major fault, the story is hidden between large passages that read as mini essays on aspects of India in the 1600s. Although some of these asides are interesting they break the plot up and quickly become dull. It's a good read if you skim through them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 25 days ago by Johnboy 10
1.0 out of 5 stars dissappointed
Long winded and having ploughed through I then found an abrupt nonclusive end waste of time so sorry I took time to finish it
Published 1 month ago by Jean hurren
4.0 out of 5 stars the Moghul by Thomas Hoover
Greatly enjoyed this book. Good story with real flavor of India and it's culture at that time. Great local traditional details.
Published 1 month ago by Jill Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars with a good nod to actual events
Interesting view of the times, with a good nod to actual events. I did find that the story was a bit drawn out at times and speed read a few pages.
Published 1 month ago by Hamper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read, supported by fairly accurate historical information
Published 1 month ago by Steve P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good historically based read.
Published 2 months ago by John Richardson
1.0 out of 5 stars boring...
I gave up on this book. I read quite a few chapters before I realised that there wasn't, so far, much plot. Just lots and lots of detail that wasn't necessary.
Published 3 months ago by Tim Oliver
2.0 out of 5 stars Americanisation
American authors should not base European or Asian history on American idealism. We do not think like you do as Europeans. All that tripe taken from Hollywood. e.g. the romance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tr2rosie
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
The historical content of this book was exceptional. I especially liked the interaction between East & West in the 2 central characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Layla Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars First review ever . Loved this book
Never reviewed anything before, but I have to say this is a magical read. I did not want it to end and was totally absorbed throughout. Read more
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