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Imagine a corporation so powerful that it rules trade across the globe, fuels the first truly world war, creates governments and even gives birth to new countries . The year is 1746, and the corporation is the East India Company. The War of the Austrian Succession has been blazing for six years. In India, Warring French and British trade interests are fighting for control ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1993)
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Christoph Fischer
"Talwar" by Robert Carter is an excellent historic novel set in a time and place I knew next to nothing about. The India of 1746, the East India Company and the battle between rival traders and political forces at the time were a real eye opener for me. Carter does an excellent job at ornating the well plotted story with amazing details that bring the times alive.
This book seems incredibly well researched and taught me a lot about the Indian / Hindustan culture of the times. It also gives great
Jun 21, 2016 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: colonial, fiction, war
I liked the fact that this book covered the progression of the infamous Robert Clive of England's East India Company from a low level clerk to battle hardened military commander before the battle of Plassey put his name into the history books. No idea if it's actually based on historical fact or how much was speculative on the part of the author, but it was interesting nonetheless. The book also provides a glimpse into the politicking during the rule of Mughals, the infighting between different ...more
Balaji Soundararajan
Apr 10, 2013 Balaji Soundararajan rated it really liked it
The origins of an empire documented and told like a fiction. I had always wanted to know the origins of Robert Clive, the celebrated soldier of the company, but a ruthless gangster in practical terms. A connoisseur of war, Clive was the force behind the the company's expansion in the 18th century in Madras and Bengal presidencies. He led the British to establish territorial dominions in the Carnatic, Nawab and Plassey wars.
This warlord's story is combined with a fictional romantic account of Fli
Jim Galford
Jul 19, 2016 Jim Galford rated it liked it
Talwar deals with the East India Company's power period. It is a fascinating read of the historic events of the 1700's set in a fictional storyline.
Barry Worth
Surprisingly easy to read!
Vikas Datta
Jul 03, 2013 Vikas Datta rated it liked it
A rather too bloody for my taste but nothing less than the norm in a turbulent time when the destiny of India was being fashioned in the south. Knowing what would happen doesn't stop this from being an enthralling read
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I was born in Staffordshire, near Etruria, the place made famous by Josiah Wedgwood, but was brought up in Sydney, Australia and later in Lancashire, England. I studied astrophysics at Newcastle University, where I started the student science fiction society. Writing novels has always played a part in my life, and I've tried to see the world enough to be able to write fiction with the help of pers ...more
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