Part of the The Asian Saga series
Whirlwind is the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979: three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak.
Caught between the revolutionaries and the forces of international intrigue is a team of professional pilots.
They are ordered to flee to safety with their helicopters.
Two of them, both Europeans, have Iranian wives whom they love beyond safety and politics.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1248 pages, maps
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/12/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340766187
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Review by mikedraper
With his lengthy books and complex plots, James Clavell could have set the standard to which Tom Clancy took to the next level.In "Whirlwind" Clavell sets his story in 1979 at the start of the Iranian revolution. The country is in a life or death struggle after the Shah has left. As the story opens, a British helicopter company is secretly controlled by the Noble House of Hong Cong. The members of the company question how much longer they will be able to operate their bases throughout the land.In Aberdeen, Andrew Gavallan and Linbar Struan discuss the direction of the Noble House and what the proper course of management should be. It is easy to tell that these men intensely dislike each other.The novel could well be a text book on the Iranian revolution. However, like most of the author's books, strick adherence to historical facts are not always adhered to.The reader is shown the conflict Iranians had with Shiites and Sunnis as well as their dislike and distrust of outsiders such as the Canadians, Americans and British who were looking after their oil interests in Iran.Good for the historical mystery fan.
Review by HadriantheBlind
Pretty good historical fiction that I plowed through, despite the mammoth size. A bit hard to follow in some places.