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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James Clavell does more than entertain. He transports us into worlds we’ve not known, stimulating, educating, questioning…a wonder of detail.”

    Washington Post

  • “Clavell seems to creep inside the very soul of the land and the people…A damn good read.”

    Boston Herald

  • Whirlwind is strongly structured, skillfully plotted, rich in detail, and very entertaining. Clavell brings the grimness and grandeur of an ancient land to life.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “So abundant in subplots, characters, intrigue, and atmosphere that its 1,000-plus pages seem barely adequate. Some of the most enjoyable reading around.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “The author handles the plot with all the confident authority of a ringmaster, keeping a half-dozen themes and a formidable cast of characters moving along at a cracking pace. By the end I was breathless and lost in admiration at the sheer professionalism of it all.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • Whirlwind is an achievement, distinguishable from dozens of zippy page-turners this year by the density of its experience of modern, tortured Iran.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “As usual in a Clavell novel the action sweeps across many lives: lovers, spies, fanatics, revolutionaries, friends, and betrayers. British, Finnish, American, and Iranian, all are caught up in a deadly religious and political upheaval. Clavell effectively portrays the chilling and bewildering encounters when Westernized lifestyle clashes with harsh ancient traditions.”

    Library Journal

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