The sixth book in James Clavell's epic Asian Saga tells the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979 - three weeks of passion, self-sacrifice, and heartbreak.
When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf.
©2013 James Clavell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I loved the Asain Saga when I was younger and having now re-read or listened to books 1-5 I have no problem recommending them, but his 6th book just seemed to drag on and I found it a labour to finish. Go for books 1-5 (Shogun, Taipan, Gai-jin, King Rat and Noble House) and forget 6 (Whirlwind) and Escape which is just a cut down version of Whirlwind.
No. But if you do read this definitely don't read Escape, it is a cut-down version of this novel with no new material.
I didn't think so. Loved Shogun, Taipan, Gai-jin, King Rat and Noble House but less so Whirlwind.
"An exciting, nail nibbling adventure."
I will listen again to clarify the characters and their roles. It is a lengthy listen with numerous characters and relatively complex plot. A second listen will sort out a bit of confusion.
A nail biting escape from Iran, but it was not a moment it was frustratingly slow. I wanted to tell them they had to get a move on or they would be discovered. The suspense was brilliant.
This was my first encounter with Derek Perkins. His performance was unquestionable. In fact I would not have continued with another less able reader. It took about 20 chapters before I became totally hooked and couldn't put the book down. I would have found it a hard book to read but Derek Perkins performance was compelling.
No, but only because its so long, its a great performance
The Gorgon Khan, as always there is an orchestra of bombastic characters and he was one of the best
Hard to Choose, but I like the early scence setting set up which contrasts with the chaos of the revoloution later
I've never stayed awake that long in my life
I read most of Cavell's books while backpacking as a youngster, but didn't finish this. It's hard to concentrate while working on something so long. A great read that does the story true justice
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