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Escape: The Love Story from Whirlwind

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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. Their one objective now is to make a bold concerted escape, with their helicopters, to safety across the Gulf.
Paperback, 584 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 5th 1995)
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Crystal Starr Light
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like thrillers
Recommended to Crystal Starr Light by: Iset
Bullet Review:

I FINISHED!!! With it being nearly 600 pages, I am SO PROUD.

What a "whirlwind"!!! Full review to come.

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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
Bodosika Bodosika
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iran
A very interesting Narrative and I really enjoyed it.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love compelling page-turners and high octane thrillers
Recommended to Iset by: Parents

This was a re-read of a book I first picked up many years ago, when I was ill and bored one weekend, aged 10. It wasn’t actually my book – it was my father’s – but back then I had a propensity to grab adult fiction, having exhausted all the children’s and teen’s books available to me. I was gripped by the hard hitting drama and tension of Escape – this was an action thriller I had never read the likes of before. In recent years I’ve seen the book catch a lot of flak for ‘not being as good as Whi
Jessica Mitchell
Nov 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a huge disappointment. This book is quite simply an abridged version of “Whirlwind.” It seems that all Clavell did was pair down the book; it was basically scene-for-scene, word-for-word identical to “Whirlwind.” I bought both books, as “Escape” is described as the love story from “Whirlwind”, so I assumed that it would expand on one of the couples’ love stories from the preceding book (Whirlwind). It did not, and I feel ripped off. If I could get my money back I would. Don’t waste your tim ...more
Feb 02, 2013 added it
The book is a good read in the first half as the tempo builds.But the ending is like all hindi movies...fairly insipid and hurriedly finished.Like Clavell's style of writing though....
Yasmine Azeez
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
i read only half of it , cuz it became boring , with many details and minor actions written in detail , but i enjoyed very much knowing about this mysterious country iran , very obscure to us in egypt
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having only read Clavell's novels set in Japan and the Indochine, this was a pleasant surprise. His narrative style works equally well in Persia. I greatly enjoyed the tension in the story as well as the rich geographic and cultural landscape.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an abridged version of Whirlwind. No new writing.
Jim Gilliam
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jim by: Found it in a used bookstore.
Escape is billed as the love story from his book Whirlwind. James Clavell tells the tender and moving love story of Erikki, the blond Finnish pilot, and his beautiful high-born Iranian wife, Azadeh whom he protects with his life and would indeed would give his life for in a second. The worldwide oil industry depends on helicopters and Iran and other Middle Eastern companies depend on foreign companies to supply the technology that they lack at home. The oil rich Arabs, in this case the Persians ...more
David Graham
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I was confused...from what I worked out, it happens at the same time as Whirlwind. I couldn't relate to characters. Not one if his best
Laurel Liddle
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did it was fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable.
Jan 30, 2017 added it
It was basically a condensed version of Whirlwind. I would not recommend spending money on it as their is not that much new material in the book.
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James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW. Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love.


James Clavell. (2007, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.