Whirlwind Author:James Clavell James Clavells-whirlwind — Iran, February 1979, a critical moment in history a time of ferment and revolution when mobs become judges, executions replaced trials, old friends become the sudden enemies, wives turn against husbands, and Iranian’s and foreigners alike wait fearfully for the next dread ruling- and this is the setting for James Clavel... more »ls breathtaking fifth novel of this world famous Asian saga.
Whirlwind takes place in a mesmerizing of 24 tumultuous days just after the shah had left. The life and death struggle of rival factions to take control has resulted in a civil war in which few know who is on what side or for how long. what is known is the fanatical hatred on all sides for foreigners-a specially Americans and British. Working British helicopter company, secretly controlled by the Nobel house of Hong Kong. The overwhelming question is how long will its pilots-American, Canadian, French, German, Finnish-be able to operate at their bases throughout the land. The war is growing ever closer to them, even in the remotest areas isolating them and their women, endangering not only their equipment but their lives. On the ground, in the hills, and in their home and in there always hazardous flights, they are all increasing at bay. For the owners, to leave Iran is to be ruined both financially and in their power struggle for control of the Nobel House itself. for the pilots, to leave is to lose a way of life they treasure in a country where two of them have beautiful Iranian wives and many of them exotic lovers. The allure of this seething, magical land of Omar Khayyam is strong for them all, but the whirlwind in which they are caught in even stronger and more perilous-forcing them out, yet preventing there escape.
Throughout this epic tale war and peace, the compelling stories of these men and women who love them are interleaved with those of assassins, spies,khans, commandos, KGB, bazaaris, Kash’Kai tribesmen,mullahs, and political and religious fanatic who relentlessly encroach on their existence.
As intricately and richly woven as the strands of a priceless Persian carpet, this brilliant novel sweeps the reader into a whirlwind of emotions, passionate, romantic, barbaric, heroic- James Clavell at his very best.« less