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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com (13 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1236736311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1236736314
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,531,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Tonight we are many, but in battle the many are nothing. In battle there is only the one. Each of you is that one.' Shah Jehan. Thomas has done a masterly job of bringing alive a lost era of splendour and glory of the Muslim power in 16th century India. A time of absolute Moghul power which both the Portuguese and the English fighting sought after. They never dreamed of taking over India. All they were after was trading rights. Thomas has demonstrated great cultural insight of the time. Read and enjoy the game of chauker, savour the treat Moghul cuisine, lust at Indian love making, and engross yourself with palace intrigues. I found it impossible to disengage from this page turner.
One strand of the story has the protagonist desperately seeking some miraculous piece of knowledge which could make it easier on the Europeans come to parity with the Muslim world. Reminds me of myself now trying to do the same in the Europe, deep down there is a desire for making a signs any discovery to get the underdeveloped Muslims upto par with the mighty West. What a contrast of fortunes.

The book does a great job of presenting India as an independent and resplendent culture with able leaders. I particularly liked the very confident and astute Moghul leadership was portrayed in the book, as well as equally able Rajputs and Persians as powerful power brokers of the era.

A most wonderful tale indeed.

I emailed the author to ask him why he choose to re-name the great Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan in this tale, to which the answer was:

'I renamed them because I made up stuff enough that it was not a true biography. I didn't want to publish things I made up as though it were the true. In historical novels things just have to come out the way they did.
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