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Escape [Hardcover]

James Clavell
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Oct. 5 1995
The Shah is thrown out of Iran and the nations's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, heartbreak and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oilfields.

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"James Clavell is a teller of stories. They are complicated and exciting, and you are desperate to know what will happen to his characters because they are like the people you know from your own life and experience, set in strange and sometimes terrible circumstances' - John Simpson" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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James Clavell, the son of a Royal Navy family, was educated in Portsmouth before, as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore. He later entered the film industry produced and directed many successful features including To Sir with Love He died in 1994. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Watered down Whirlwind... May 29 2000
By Todd
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately, James Clavell and his publisher fought during the last few years of his life. The result was that his final Asian saga novel, Whirlwind, is out of print. Escape is a watered down version of that novel, developed for a movie script. The core story is still there, but to get Clavell's intended story, buy Whirlwind at a used bookstore or online auction site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars rip off, sorry but it's true. April 19 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While anything with Clavell's name attached to it is simply marvelous - and don't get me wrong, this is still a wonderful story - this is just the incomplete, chopped up, TV version of his incredible book 'Whirlwind.' There is nothing new; don't let the 'love story' bit fool you. Entire plots and characters are left out, or are mentioned only in passing. There is no intelligent reason to buy this book. Buy Whirlwind instead. Coronet Books has managed to take money from me for an incomplete version of a book I have already read. Disgusting. Three stars is very, very generous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great masterpiece March 5 2000
By kskang
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is really marvellous. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. For the persons who have read 'whirlwind', this will add more pleasure to that novel. It provides more information to one of the acts in that novel.
Mr Clavell is master writer who studies the subject well and then weaves it well. All of his books have been quite informative, educative and absorbing. I wish, every book lover must read his books.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rip off, sorry but it's true. April 19 2000
By ryan lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While anything with Clavell's name attached to it is simply marvelous - and don't get me wrong, this is still a wonderful story - this is just the incomplete, chopped up, TV version of his incredible book 'Whirlwind.' There is nothing new; don't let the 'love story' bit fool you. Entire plots and characters are left out, or are mentioned only in passing. There is no intelligent reason to buy this book. Buy Whirlwind instead. Coronet Books has managed to take money from me for an incomplete version of a book I have already read. Disgusting. Three stars is very, very generous.
73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watered down Whirlwind... May 29 2000
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately, James Clavell and his publisher fought during the last few years of his life. The result was that his final Asian saga novel, Whirlwind, is out of print. Escape is a watered down version of that novel, developed for a movie script. The core story is still there, but to get Clavell's intended story, buy Whirlwind at a used bookstore or online auction site.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Escape, travesty and a waste of money! March 25 2006
By Erika A. Horn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel is a travesty and should never have been published. I am so sorry that any of my money went to a company, Coronet, that would render such a great author's work into a chopped up mess. Read Whirlwind, it is great and essentially you will get two books for one if you believe that Escape is one unto itself ( I obviously don't). I was expecting further elaboration upon the story line of Azadeh and Erikki but it is just each section that pertains to them chopped out of Whirlwind and put into a separate novel, butchers!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Section of Whirlwind Feb. 8 2009
By Karol D. Trujillo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is great but if you've read Whirlwind, there is no point in reading this one. It is an actual story out of the Whirlwind book. I was upset because I thought I was going to get an extension of Whirlwind characters as a sequel. Read Whirlwind and you'll get all of Escape and much more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape by James Clavell March 21 2013
By Shell Ghillie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This novel was touted as a narrative love story regarding two of characters from James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind." I liked the novel; however, it was merely excerpted from the original novel and contained no new information about the featured couple Erikki, the Finnish pilot, and his beautiful wife Azadeh. I thought the author would have included more background or follow-on information detailing what became of the couple after their escape from Iran.
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