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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Shogun
His only novel not playing the far east. This tells the story of a small helicopter outfit, supplying the iranian oil rigs with everything needed. The company belongs to Struan's Noble House, too, the boss is Andrew Gavallan, Ian Dunross' nephew. It depicts the events just before and during the revolution, toppling the Shah, and about all the trouble that came for S-G...
Published on 17 Nov 2003 by Jürgen E Haug

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Given the current discord in the world about the Muslim faith, read this book to gain an insight into why the middle east is as it is and why it reacts as it does to 'infidels'.
Published on 9 Aug 2005 by D. G. Reid


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Shogun, 17 Nov 2003
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Jürgen E Haug (Stuttgart, Germany) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Whirlwind (Paperback)
His only novel not playing the far east. This tells the story of a small helicopter outfit, supplying the iranian oil rigs with everything needed. The company belongs to Struan's Noble House, too, the boss is Andrew Gavallan, Ian Dunross' nephew. It depicts the events just before and during the revolution, toppling the Shah, and about all the trouble that came for S-G Helicopters due to the fightings between the different iranian factions (muslim fanatics, soviet-led communist rebels and local tribes) and between all of them and any non-iranian person. There's romance, too, thanks to two threads, one about a finnish pilot of S-G Helicopters and his iranian wife, trying to escape via Turkey, and the other one with another pilot who has also an iranian wife. This is also a very good book by Clavell, full of action, adventure, suspense, romance and exotic places and people.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection in literature., 18 Oct 2004
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This final part of Clavell's "Asian Saga" is also undoubtedly his best. Clavell takes us on a moving, thrilling and deeply absorbing ride throug the life of commercial helicopter pilots surviving the vicious and bloody revolution by religious fanatics as Khomeni returns to rule in Iran. From beginning to end this isa writer at the very height of his talent and it shows in every word.
Don't be put off by the 1200-plus page count or the cast of over a hundred characters. There's no denying the book can be hard work with this much information and this many protagonists, but it's so much more rewarding than almost every other book you could find on this site once you get going.
Reminiscant of Ernest Hemmingway and Graham Greene, with emotions and lives torn to pieces in times of conflict, you will not so much read a story as live another life through the pages of this exceptional novel. Add it to your shopping cart this instant.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevance 2, 8 Oct 2008
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Dr. Robert A. Josey "mystery lover" (Scottish Highlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whirlwind (Paperback)
The map contained within the inner-cover pages of the hardback edition portrays the 'hottest' geo-political region on the planet today.

Iran is in the centre, bordered by Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east, Iraq and Syria to the west, the old USSR to the north. The only significant country missing from this equation is Israel.

At the bottom is the Persian Gulf with the Strait of Hormuz channeling into the Gulf of Oman.

If there is going to be a 'whirlwind', a potential flashpoint for a terrible new war (or even World War III), it could very well be right within the latitude and longitude of this map's co-ordinates.

The actual book itself is a superior - though slightly old-fashioned - adventure thriller. Lots of characters; linking sub-plots; suspense and tension cranking up like an epic disaster movie. But - as the previous reviewer indicated - the reader gets a long and detailed lesson regarding the history of Islamic Fundamentalism in Iran. The machinations of the CIA and the KGB. The horrors that the Shah and his evil secret police visited upon this nation, with overt Western backing. And the emergent fresh horrors visited by the next set of secret police...

'Whirlwind' is a primer, an introduction, to the present timebomb ticking away day after day. Clavell shows the humanity and sacrifice of the ordinary Iranians, men and women, who were desperately trying to survive through the terrifying crises happening all around them during the Revolution. And one feels for their modern day counterparts facing a new and just as frightening set of circumstances/possibilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating book, 27 May 2014
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I love the James Clavell books, and this is definitely one of the best. Start a little slow (as do most if his books), builds up the characters and provides a good insight into the culture the story is woven into. By the halfway point of the book I couldn't wait to get back to the story on the train each day. It left me a little empty when I finished the book, and nothing has filled the gap since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great and epic read., 13 April 2014
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A wonderful book. There is something in it for everyone. Be it the mindset of different cultures and how we can try and understand each other. Some level of history in a key event shaping the world during these turbulent times in modern middle eastern history. Lastly just a great fictional best seller that you can switch your mind off to if you want to. Thank you Mr Calvell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clavell's great style of writing, 27 July 2013
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Not his best...I much preferred all his other books. I found this one harder to follow. But his characters are real and colourful. And I did get a better understanding of the problems of the time in which the book was set. Thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 13 Jan 2013
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EXCELLENT READ BUT I AM A FAN OF JAMES CLAVELL. I BOUGHT AS A HARD BACK FOR A FEW POUNDS IT ARRIVED VERY QUICKLY. EXCELLENT
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 21 April 2012
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A tale of love, business and a country crumbling, set in the middle east it portrays the stories of western workers in an Islamic country during a civil uprising.

With the state of the area today, it gives valuable insight into relationships between the east and west and the factions within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whirlwind, James clavell, 14 Dec 2010
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'Whirlwind' is one of the later books (shogun/tia-pan/gia-jin/king rat/noble house)in a loosely connected series. This one being more loosely connected than the rest.
The author makes it clear that all the places/people/etc. in the books are fictitious. However it seems to me the settings are historically true to the time.
This book is very interesting and full of background information on historical events and customs of the time and place. (The Iranian revolution of the 1980's)
The book is not as available and therefore possibly not as popular as the other titles. This I can only guess could be because of more interest in history of the Far East than the Middle East; and not least because the title gives no clue as to the content.
It gives detail (even though in a fictitious way) to an era that many people can remember, but know only in outline; with the added adventure element allowed by the fictional overlay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 24 Aug 2010
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Some people don't care for this book as much as the others in the Asian saga. I think its one of the best. A typically complex Clavell interwoven plot, with characters you can love or hate. Yes, you have to get into it a couple of hundred pages, but its worth it.
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