The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes–fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong–the heart of Asia–rich in every trade…money, flesh, opium, power.
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Gai-Jin Asian Saga Book 3
Their fates collide in james clavell’s latest masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan–an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions. …. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. The heir to the magnificent english trading company, idealism, the noble house…the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern age…a beautiful young French woman forever torn between ambition and desire…Their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, torn apart by greed, gai-jin, and terrorism.
King Rat: The Epic Novel of War and Survival The Asian Saga Book 4
An american corporal, supplies, has used his personality and wiles to facilitate trading with guards and locals to get needed food, known as the King, even information into the camp. Officers and enlisted men, all prisoners together, yet the old hierarchies and rivalries survive. Robin grey, the provost marshal, hates the King and all he represents.
In the camp, everything has its price and everything is for sale. A taut masterwork of World War II historical fiction by bestselling author James Clavell. But trading is illegal—and the King has made a formidable enemy. Grey, though he grew up modestly, fervently believes in the British class system: everyone should know their place, and he knows the King’s place is at the bottom.
The king does have a friend in peter marlowe, who, though wary of the King and himself a product of the British system, finds himself drawn to the charismatic man who just might be the only one who can save them from both the inhumanity of the prison camp but also from themselves. The imprisoned upper-class officers have never had to do things for themselves, gained through guts and moxie, and now they are reduced to wearing rags while the King’s clean shirt, seems like luxury in comparison.
Japanese pow camp changi, Singapore: hell on earth for the soldiers contained within its barbed wire walls. Powerful and engrossing, king rat artfully weaves the author’s own World War II prison camp experiences into a compelling narrative of survival amidst the grim realities of war and what men can do when pushed to the edge.
Tai-Pan: The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong The Asian Saga Book 2
There can only be one Tai-Pan. Dirk struan rose from humble beginnings to build Struan & Company, also known as the Noble House, into the world’s largest Far East trading company. A tour-de-force of historical fiction, rich in detail yet eminently readable, Tai-Pan will stay with you long after the final page.
He is now the tai-pan—supreme Leader—of all Tai-Pans in China. Tyler brock, struan’s rival from their early opium-smuggling days, also heads a large trading fleet, second in size only to Struan’s. Along the way, however, he made a powerful enemy. Over the years, their two families will cross paths, threatening to rip both apart, with reverberations that will echo across the generations.
Struan must fight to save his company and his family, or risk seeing everything he has created destroyed at the hands of his sworn enemy. Struan and brock come to control much of England’s trade with China yet neither can control their desires or their hatred of each other. Ambition, and love and lust weave their way throughout the novel the New York Times called, treachery and conspiracy, “grand entertainment…packed with action…with blood and sin, political intrigue, sex and murder.
East and west come together in an opulent and intricately plotted narrative. But it is not only silks and spices that drive their mutual companies’ wealth—the opium trade is still booming. War between england and China might be over, but the hostilities remain.
Whirlwind The Asian Saga Book 6
Caught up in the revolution are a British helicopter company and its pilots. Caught in between is his son, scot, a pilot in Iran who must help save his father’s company, but also the other pilots and their families. The country, once secular, is now thrown back into an orthodoxy that threatens to tear it apart.
The region becomes a powder keg, waiting to explode. Soon they realize that they, too, must leave or risk losing all their machines to whomever takes control of the country. The company risks bankruptcy if that happens—which would ruin Andrew Gallavan and reveal that the company is actually owned by a secret Hong Kong-based consortium: Noble House, controlled by the Struan family.
Tehran, iran 1979: simmering religious tensions finally explode, and the Iranian people rise up against the Shah. The united states and Russia go on high alert, with warships heading to the Middle East. But will they be able to escape a country crumbling around them before it’s too late?A rich panoply of characters brings to life the events of forty years ago, events that even now have ramifications throughout the Middle East and beyond.
Fast-paced and full of action and intrigue, told by James Clavell, Whirlwind is an intricately plotted and detailed tale of war, love, and the ingenuity of the human spirit, the unparalleled master of historical fiction. The oil fields of iran need helicopters to ferry workers and administrators, and when the main US aviation company pulls out of Iran fearing what might come next, S-G Helicopters steps in to fill the void.
In a risky move, the pilots concoct a plan to get their choppers out of Iran.
Escape The Asian Saga Book 7
A moving story, and allowed to stand on its own, expertly told, unthreaded from the original masterwork, brilliantly. Tasked with saving as many of the helicopters as he can and desperate to save his love, Erikki and Azadeh become caught up in the events around them. Threaded throughout master storyteller James Clavell’s novel Whirlwind much like a shimmering strand of silk woven through an elaborate Persian carpet, is the love story of two people from different backgrounds.
They have been brought together by a love stronger than either one, a love stronger than the revolutionary fires that burn all around them. A british helicopter company—secretly owned by the Noble House of Hong Kong—with a fleet of helicopters registered in Iran faces bankruptcy if their copters are claimed or destroyed by the uprising.
Tehran, iran 1979: simmering religious tensions explode and the Shah is forced to flee Iran. Finnish pilot erikki yokkonen has married Azadeh, an Iranian woman of noble birth, whose family is caught up in the political situation exploding around them. The pilots need to escape, but they’ve built lives in Iran, some even have families.
Shōgun: The Epic Novel of Japan The Asian Saga Book 1
Shakespearean in both scope and depth, as the New York Times put it, Shōgun is, “…not only something you read—you live it. Provocative, absorbing, and endlessly fascinating, there is only one: Shōgun. Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life. After englishman john blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen—Nippon.
As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed. Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book.
Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the bestselling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan.
Thrust into the closed society that is late sixteenth-century Japan, truth, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, but also his own definitions of morality, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, with unknown customs and language, and freedom.
Cloud of Sparrows: A Novel
Neither realizes that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. Widely reviled as a dilettante, Lord Genji has one weapon with which to inspire awe. As the shogun’s secret police chief plots genji’s death--and the utter destruction of his entire clan--the young and untried lord must prove that he is more than the handsome womanizer of legend, famed lover of Edo’s most celebrated geisha, Lady Heiko, and that his prophetic powers are no mere fairy tale.
And what lord Genji sees has struck fear in many around him. For a young nobleman, lord Genji, has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year. Takashi Matsuoka is just such a writer. It is storytelling on the grand scale from a novelist of astounding depth and grace. Cloud of sparrowsit is the dawn of the New Year, 1861.
After two centuries of isolation, Japan has been forced to open its doors to the West, igniting a clash of cultures and generations. Forced to escape from edo and flee to his ancestral stronghold, Genji joins his fate with Emily and Stark, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle, unaware of the dark forces that drive them.
His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell’s Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters. Among them, emily gibson, and matthew Stark, a woman seeking redemption from a tormented past, a cold-eyed killer with one more death on his mind.
Brilliantly imagined, gloriously written, Cloud of Sparrows is at once a sweeping historical adventure and a love story of almost unbearable poignancy.
Autumn Bridge: A Novel Cloud of Sparrows Book 2
In the year 1311, a beautiful woman sits by the window, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, watching as enemies gather below and fires spread through the night. But emily has found a mission of her own: translating Genji’s ancestral history, losing herself in an epic tale of heroism and forbidden love.
Takashi matsuoka’s spellbinding novel is infused with spectacle, intricately woven, magically told. For here is the story of lady shizuka, lord hironobu and lord kiyori, the beautiful witch-princess who has enchanted Okumichi men for generations…of Genji’s ancestors, and of the terrible betrayals that befell them…and of Genji’s parents: a wastrel father and his child bride whose tragic love has shaped Genji as a leader and as a man.
Emily, too, soon finds herself at a turning point; courted by two westerners, she knows her heart belongs to the one man she cannot have. Autumn bridge is a feast for the senses, a work of truly dazzling storytelling. As emily sifts through the fragile scrolls, she begins to see threads of her own life woven into the ancient writings.
As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write, carefully setting down on a scroll the secret history of the Okumichi clan…of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them. Soon an extraordinary man would enter her life: Lord Genji of the Okumichi clan, a nobleman with a gift of prophecy who must defend his embattled family—and confront forbidden feelings for an outsider in his midst.
And as past and present collide, a hidden history comes to life, and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries, and may now finally be revealed.