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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340654155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340654156
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,122,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa238e720) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3437b40) 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.
77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa218cab0) 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.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa218c528) 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa218c534) out of 5 stars Escape rehashed from Whirlwind Sept. 7 2014
By adrian hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Having just finished reading Whirlwind, I was amazed to discover the content of Escape was totally a reprint of the relevant chapters and story of Erikki's final days before escape into Turkey. The whole book was a fraudulent con to get another book sale. This was not written by James Clavell and was simply a publishers rehash of existing material. There was absolutely no further story of any romantic escape other previously printed in Whirlwind. And it only took a brief scanning through the start of each chapter in the book to recognise this. What a fraud.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20daa50) out of 5 stars Where's the story?? May 13 2016
By Crystal Starr Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Erikki Yokkonen is a pilot with a S-G, a helicopter company working in Iran; Azadeh is his wife, the daughter of Abdollah Gorgon Khan, the leader of the Gorgon family and a leader in Iranian Azerbaijan. The Iranian Revolution is taking place; the Shah has been forced out and Ayatolleh Khomeini is now in power. With this, the entire S-G operation is at stake; also Erikki and Azadeh keep getting torn apart. Can the company get out of Iran - and can Erikki and Azadeh find peace with each other.

This is a buddy read with my dear friend Iset, who gave me this book, citing it as one that she had read when younger and enjoyed greatly. I was intrigued; while I had read Persepolis, my education about the Iranian Revolution was highly limited to the sketch information I retrieve while in high school. We discussed doing a Buddy Read and this was the book we decided we had to read.

Now that I've (finally!) finished, I must say that it was a thrill-ride, but some of the characters were irritating and it definitely feels like a "Cliff Notes" version of a more complete story - criticisms I see on several reviews of this book.

Firstly, the characters. While this book did include some interesting females (Genny), for the most part, I felt they were little more than "pretty set decoration" and had little to influence the plot and other characters. Certainly 1970's Iran wasn't necessarily the best time to be a woman, but I have a hard time believing that they were all nearly the doormats that Azadeh and Sharazad were in this book. As for the men, they tended to be one type: that super-ultra masculine manly man you expect in cheesy 80's movies. (Perhaps appropriate because this was written in the 80's? Maybe, but still, if the women don't wield weapons like Sarah Connor or Ripley, then the men don't get a free pass for being the Terminator or Rambo.) Erikki in particular wasn't a very likeable "hero"; he was a jealous, angry, violent man who would frequently boss his wife around. (Some may be part of a "ploy" but still deplorable.)

Secondly, the plot. I feel there is a fabulous story that is just barely touched on in this book. Frequently, we pull away from characters for hundreds of pages, just to summarize what happened in a mere 4 pages. (The Fates of Ross and McIvers fair this way, leading to zero tension and only a big question mark, wondering what happened that the reader missed.)

The one thing this book has going for it is that it never stops. It's always moving. This is a true thriller in that stuff is happening on every page - political machinations, manipulations, escapes, espionage, plotting, planning, etc. You wouldn't be remiss for not noting the above because the plot twists and turns faster than a roller coaster at Disneyland.

This book was 584 pages and not once did I feel something was dragging and irrelevant. The problem was, I felt that, somehow, 584 pages was not nearly enough to truly tell this story.

Just skimming "Whirlwind"'s entry on Wikipedia reveals a much larger, more complete cast. I have no doubt that that book better describes this harrowing escape. I don't know if I'll get around to reading it, as I have many other books to get through. But it would be interesting to see what was cut and what was not in the full story "Whirlwind".

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