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Publisher's 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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Derek Perkins makes the story come to life.

Derek Perkins really does a colorful narration of Whirlwind. highly recomended for fans of James Clavell's asian saga!

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

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  • Lopsey
  • 07-22-16

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

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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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  • Speaker No.5
  • 03-13-21

Kept me up till 5am

Sprawling narratives packed with intrigue and multiple viewpoints where everybody tries to out-doublecross everybody else, and of course a small band of heroes fight for survival. This probably describes every James Clavell book I've read, and if that's your thing then look no further.

Perkins' reading is on the whole excellent. He is less convincing doing an American accent, but his panoply of villainous voices, be they Russian, Persian or Japanese, is very satisfying. The editing is flawless and I found myself effortlessly drawn in (from the very first scene).

This is a book I've read before, and quite apart from the story (which is great), it is a meticulously researched look at a pivotal moment in history. You get a front seat view of the Iranian revolution (sometimes from a helicopter slowly spooling up, with AK47 armed hostiles running towards you). Even so this is not a pulp novel, it's a fairly epic story, extremely well written (and read) dripping with atmosphere (you can smell the aviation fuel), and becomes an absolute page turner which kept me up till 5am.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-19

Bloody brilliant!

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

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  • John G
  • 05-24-19

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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  • Ian
  • 05-18-19

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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  • Harriet Morris
  • 04-03-19

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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  • Aqasa Nu
  • 09-21-18

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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  • 03-31-18

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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  • Jockette61
  • 02-01-18

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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  • Ivan
  • 01-10-18

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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  • Phillip Dunn
  • 08-30-16

Whirlwind was a hard listen

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Has Whirlwind put you off other books in this genre?

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.

Was Whirlwind worth the listening time?

I didn't think so. Loved Shogun, Taipan, Gai-jin, King Rat and Noble House but less so Whirlwind.

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