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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.

©1986 James Clavell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Strangely Addicting!

This book is like nothing I've ever read before! It was a little slow to start and a little hard to remember all the characters right away, but after a short while it's hard to forget them! Was hoping to get a little more of a detailed conclusion, but I enjoyed it immensely nevertheless! Couldn't put it down, so to speak! ;)

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one of tte best in the saga

Terrific novel. I binge-listened to the whole Asian Saga, and this is en par with Shogun, Tai-Pan and the Noble House. Yes, the story is a little far removed from the rest, and Clavell's attempts on romantic pieces are a little clumsy- but the book as a whole is extremely enjoyable.

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Great book, very long still left me wanting more

Like all James Clavels books this is very long and overly detailed at parts with many characters to keep track of and a long backstory to many but after I got into the story I kept going back for more and felt like it ended too soon.

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What a Fantastic Ride...

This not my first "Asian Saga" book, but it's the best so far. Based on real events it was a tale of adventure and thought provoking international issues.

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  • Chiefkent
  • 2016-10-21

Literally the End of an Era!

This is last of James Clavel's six tomes based on various parts of the Orient. This begins the day the Ayatollah lands in Tehran following the departure of the Shah. A British-Iranian helicopter company providing support services for the Iranian state oil company is Clavel's framework for this saga which ends prior to majority of the US embassy brouhaha.

As in all his tomes, Clavel utilizes his occidental characters to introduce us to his primary character - the country in which the story takes place, in this case, Iran.

What is difficult for many western readers to grasp is exactly how ancient these societies of the Orient are. In the case of Persian Iran, some 4,000 years old. The very maturity of all these oriental societies prejudice their outlook on the outside world with an ingrained chauvinism that is highly misunderstood and resented by the outside world. Clavel never says whether this attitude is good or bad, simply that it exists. (He does insinuate that parts are good in all his books).

The added f factor in the story is the various flavors of Islam conflicting. In this case there are moderates, socialists, extremists and Kurds fighting for supremacy. For most of the tome no one know which side the Ayatollah will support. All use the Takbir, "Allāhu akbar ", as their battle cry. The urban society doesn't want to surrender the freedoms exercised historically. The rural extremists desire to bring sharia to Iran. The smallest group of Iranians are the Soviet influenced socialists who are either students or live along Iran's northern border with the Soviet Union. Intermingled into this are the military, the secret police, various external spy agencies, the existing aristocracy, the desire to maintain the flow of oil, etc. All sides are completely convinced that what they are doing is "in sha Allah". Literally meaning, "God willing", but used colloquially to mean, "God's will". If one can grasp just this concept, one can understand much of what Clavel is trying to say.

Narration is superb.

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  • Sleepless in Frisco
  • 2017-07-06

Last 25 hours was awesome!

This book was much, much longer than it needed to be. I am generally a Clavell fan, but the first 20 hours of this book could have been done in 10% of the time without losing anything. If you can slog through the setup, the payoff is pretty good.

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  • Gio
  • 2016-02-26

Finally !

Finally the unabridged version of this fascinating book from James Clavell ! I've read and loved the book many years ago and now I'm starting it all over again. I will write a full review as soon as I will have finished it, for now I am very happy from part 1 to say that the reader does a great job. Being my first listen to him I was afraid, but now I'm sure he is maintaining if not enhancing the magic of the book ! Highly recommended.

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  • Daniel J Rider
  • 2017-06-29

excellent<br />

good story and narrative! Good narration and plot, intertwined with religion. Highly recommend! if you like clavell you love this!

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  • Kirshy
  • 2017-05-08

Another great book by Clavel

Aside from being a terrific story it's also been quite informative about the revolution in Iran and the inner workings of some awful people

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  • Alexander Restrepo
  • 2017-02-02

Loved it!

Very entertaining while at the same time giving an interesting glimpse into history. What a writer!

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  • Scott Shipley
  • 2022-04-04

not enough about what was happening

I wish book focused on everyday Iranians more. company story got boring, lost me.

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  • Brenner
  • 2021-09-28

thr story is spread out among the pilots

it just didn't feel like it flowed as well as taipan or even gai-gin (which also swapped characters often but they shared a closer geographic location) the regional differences make it seem like the events are not as closely connected and the story feels less to for it.

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  • Porschenutt
  • 2021-07-24

made my head spin.. like a whirlwind!

I found the narration amazing.. characters were easily discernable and well played.. and this book he as lots of different characters... this may be my favorite book oh JC!

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  • D Lusher
  • 2021-02-28

Good book. Wish there were more.

Great last book in the Asia Saga. Though certainly not a finale by any means. Clavell does what he does best giving you multidimensional (grey) characters and an amazing and exciting narrative backdrop. Probably more action oriented than the other books in the series, and in this case that works out excellently. Possibly my favorite book in the series (though I think Tai Pan beats it.).