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Whirlwind

The Asian Saga, Book 6
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: The Asian Saga, Book 6
Length: 52 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

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.

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Excellent Adaption

Would you listen to Whirlwind again? Why?

No, but only because its so long, its a great performance

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Gorgon Khan, as always there is an orchestra of bombastic characters and he was one of the best

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hard to Choose, but I like the early scence setting set up which contrasts with the chaos of the revoloution later

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've never stayed awake that long in my life

Any additional comments?

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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Bloody brilliant!

James Clavell was a master storyteller and this book is a classic! Thank you Mr. Clavell.

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Stereotypes everywhere

I've read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them but this one was a battle. Too many characters so none really stood out and all the characters were very gender stereotypical to the point of making it predictable.

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Great story pity about the narrator

I thought the story was superb, intense and very pertinent to the time. Liked the way it had tied in other books in the series. My main gripe was the narrator who I felt was dire at Rome’s, his attempt at accents left a lot to be desired but apart from that definitely worth 5* for the story alone

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Another Great Story!

James Clavell has always been one of my very favourite authors. This story is complex and takes some getting used to because of the huge number of characters with unfamiliar names. However, in time, things really fall into place and persons and places become more acceptable to the ear. It is long but well worth trying.

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A master piece

This is epic and greatly enhanced if you've read previous books in the saga. Worth the investment.

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A long listen but thoroughly worth it

The narration captured very clearly the captivating plot. I thought it much better than reading the book

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Whirlwind of a story!

I realised after starting that I hadn’t read this when it was first published, unlike all the other Asian Saga books, so it was all new. Great story, fast-paced, and many threads all coming together in a satisfactory way. Narration was much better than the last book (Gai Jin). Really sparked my interest in learning more about what had happened in Iran at that time. Recommended!

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Long long book but worth it in the end

Lots of mini actions linked to the main story, even more so that in the previous books of the series. So much so that it was difficult to follow unless you are super-concentrated. The last part tied it all together finally

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An enjoyable yarn but not top-tier Clavell

This has all the usual Clavell tropes... a diverse and engaging cast of characters, plenty of inner monologue, multiple sub-plots and an over-arching main plot that takes time to reveal itself. I really liked it, and thought the use of helicopter pilots gave an interesting way into the story. The narrator is very good and brings the characters to life. While not in the class of Shogun or Tai-Pan, this is comfortably better than Gai-Jin. Overall... recommended!

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  • Tamas Nagy
  • 26-08-19

Great read, but not Clavell's best

This is a great book, but without a single protagonist, the story is not as engaging as Clavell's earlier books in the series. Definitely worth to read/listen though!

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  • Eirik Eriksen Heen
  • 11-07-19

Recommended

Great book. It was at some times a little hard to follow the characters, since there so many of them