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Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Raj Ghatak Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ibis Trilogy Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781469220451
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The stunningly vibrant final novel in the bestselling Ibis Trilogy

It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong.

Along the way, many characters from the Ibis Trilogy come aboard, including Zachary Reid, a young American speculator in opium futures, and Shireen, the widow of an opium merchant whose mysterious death in China has compelled her to seek out his lost son. The Hind docks in Hong Kong just as war breaks out and opium "pours into the market like monsoon flood." From Bombay to Calcutta, from naval engagements to the decks of a hospital ship, among embezzlement, profiteering, and espionage, Amitav Ghosh charts a breathless course through the culminating moment of the British opium trade and vexed colonial history.

With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh’s unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs. With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ghosh imbues his narrative with historical sweep and the lavish sights and sounds of southern Asia, beautifully dramatizing the rise of Hong Kong and the strained legacy of European colonialism.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Lavish sights and sounds…beautifully dramatiz[e] the rise of Hong Kong and the strained legacy of European colonialism.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The [Ibis Trilogy] books are not only operatic—big personalities, lots of drama—but a compelling and vividly imagined chronicling of the height of British colonialism and the development of modern Asia.”

    Harper’s Bazaar

  • “[Flood of Fire] brims with wonderful historical details, clearly the result of prodigious research.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A writer of uncommon talent who combines literary flair with a rare seriousness of purpose…His descriptions bring a lost world to life.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Dashing…[A] tapestry depicting the explosive force of cultural exchange driven by the immense wealth to be derived from unchained desire.”

    Minneapolist Star Tribune

  • Flood of Fire is…the best of the three volumes: It adds colorful threads to the plot, weaving them into the existing story and tying them off in a most satisfactory way. Further, the novel provides highly dramatic depictions of key land and sea battles of the First Opium War.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Narrator Raj Ghatak’s precise diction is well suited for a historical novel that spans the height of the British Empire. His easy reading style and steady pace allow listeners to keep track of multiple story lines taking place in diverse countries. Ghatak shifts fluidly between male and female, Indian and British characters, as he highlights the trials and tribulations of these intersecting lives. The twists and turns make for enjoyable listening.”


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About the Author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and raised and educated in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom, where he received his PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, and Dancing in Cambodia. His previous novel, The Glass Palace, was an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain. Recently published there, The Hungry Tide has been sold for translation in twelve foreign countries and is also a bestseller abroad. Ghosh has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He now divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor, and his homes in India and Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Raj Ghatak is an Indian-born English actor of Bengali Hindu origin. His is best known for his role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bollywood musical Bombay Dreams in which he played Sweetie.