This is the fifth novel in the Asian Saga.
The gripping epic of a world-shattering upheaval that altered the destiny of nations. Trapped in a maelstrom of violence, men and women must barter for their very lives. Lovers struggle blindly against heartbreaking odds.. And an ancient land battles to survive as a new reign of terror closes in.
Previous novels in this series:
A.D. 1600 Shogun
A.D. 1841 Tai-Pan
A.D. 1945 King Rat
A.D. 1963 Noble House
A.D. 1979 Whirlwind
This series of novels do not depend on the previous novels to continue their plot. Whirlwind begins in Iran.
Author of Shogun, the Art of War, and more
This epic novel of over 1,100 pages takes place in Iran between February 9 and March 4, 1979, just after the flight of the Shah and the advent of Khomeini.
With this book Clavell was able to give you a good front seat view of the revolution in Iran. To accomplish this feat Clavell
uses helicopter pilots of American,British,Canadian,and Finnish
backgrounds who are all stationed in Iran at the outbreak of
the Iranian revolution. You live with this crew while they worry
about getting out of Iran alive and back to their homes. You are
also shown the Iranian view of the revolution and the effects
that it will have on Iran. Despite being a long book(1100 pages)
this book will hold your interest from beginning until the end.
This book will give you a good insight into the Iranian revolution. Read it. It is interesting.
From Library Journal
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.
This adventure story is set in revolutionary Iran, between February 9 and March 4, 1979, long before the hostage crisis began.
"A breathtakingly compelling adventure thriller." -- Pittsburgh Press
"Whirlwind is a classic for our time." -- Chicago Sun-Times
This book is a very timely description of the current Mid-east situation and helps explain why our situation there is as it is. It describes the tribalism, religious fanaticism and curruption present in Iraq right now (although Whirlwind takes place in Iran).
James Clavell is an excellent writer. From Shogun and Noble House, two of my favorites, to Whirlwind. Whereas Noble House weaves its tale around two weeks in Hong Kong, Whirlwind developes its storyline over twenty four days during the war in Afghanistan/Iran after the Shah has left in 1979.