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The Moghul [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hoover
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(Doubleday, 1983)

Reviewers called it the best novel on India since Kipling. An immediate European bestseller, optioned by Indian/German producers who commissioned a six-hour mini-series, then Canadian producers with BBC.

Based on real people (ca. 1620) – an English “sea dog” shoots his way through Portuguese gallons and into an Indian port to open trade. Once on land, there’re tiger hunts, war elephants, sensual music, drugs, and sacred lovemaking.

THE MOGHUL was immediately a European bestseller, optioned by Indian producers who commissioned a six-hour mini-series, then Canadian producers with the BBC.
Based on real people (ca. 1620) – THE MOGHUL begins in a rip-roaring sea battle north of Bombay in which the vastly out-gunned adventurer, Brian Hawksworth, ship's captain and emissary of King James, blows away a flotilla of Portuguese galleons to gain access to an Indian port. He's come to open trade for “barbaric” England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every turn. But once on land, he’s captive: the beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest – of supreme sensuality in music, visions, and sacred lovemaking.
India, ruled by the son of great Akbar, is about to pass to one of his sons. Hawksworth must choose sides, but will he choose right? The future of England, and of India, depend on it. Assailed by intrigue and assassination, tormented by a forbidden love, enthralled by a mystic poet, Hawksworth engages war elephants, tiger hunts, the harem of the Red Fort of Agra, the Rajput warriors at Udaipur, becomes intimate champion to Shah Jahan, (builder of the Taj Mahal), and, in his supreme test, plays the sitar with a touch that elicits from the great Shah – “Finally, my English friend – you understand.”
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A SWEEPING ADVENTURE THAT SWEPT THE CRITICS!
"IF YOU ENJOYED THE FAR PAVILIONS OR SHO-GUN, YOU SHOULD OBTAIN THOMAS HOOVER'S NEW NOVEL ABOUT INDIA . . . ROBUST . . . ROUS¬ING ... ROLLICKING ADVENTURE . . . JUST ABOUT PERFECT'
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"HIGH ACTION . . . SPRAWLING"
—San Diego Union
"THOMAS HOOVER CAPTURES THE SOUNDS AND SMELLS AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE TIME, FROM THE MYSTERIESOFTHE HAREM TOTHE BATTLES BETWEEN MASSED ELEPHANTS"
—Milwaukee Journal
"ROUSING"
—Publishers Weekly
"GOOD ENTERTAINMENT ... I WOULD NOT HESI¬TATE TO RECOMMEND THE MOGHUL TO ANY¬ONE WHO ENJOYS ROBUST HISTORICAL ADVEN¬TURE AND ROMANCE"
— Omaha World-Herald
"PLENTY OF ACTION . . . FASCINATING ... A VIV¬IDLY TOLD TALE"
-- Wichita Falls Times


Tags: Moghul, India, Shah Jahan, British India, Taj Mahal, Portuguese India, India History, Agra, Raj, Seventeenth-Century India


Product Details

  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611790697
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Doubleday (September 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X99YO
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high action pot-boiler about 17th Century India. August 23, 1998
Format:Hardcover
The Moghul is an overlooked book that offers enough action, sex, violence and shady characters to keep you turning the pages until you sprain your thumb. During the reign of King James I, English Sea Dog, Brian Hawksworth, is sent on a mission by The British East India Company to try to break the Portuguese monopoly on trading with the sub-continent. Needless to say, the Portuguese do not consider this a great idea, and they do everything in their power to sink him at sea and assassinate him on land. As if India wasn't dangerous enough on its own with a drunken Moghul who allows his Persian wife and her brother, the Machiavellian Prime Minister, Nadir Sharif, to run the affairs of the nation.
Hawksworth has a weakness for Indian luxuries, wine, and beautiful women. Don't we all? But, in this nation of myriad plots and sub-plots, he learns that nobody is what they appear to be on the surface. Not even Brian Hawksworth. He sees both sides of the issues as he first becomes a Khan at The Moghul's court and then gets caught up in the rebellion of the charismatic Prince Jadar. The book provides interesting background on Hindu, Sunni, Shiite, and Suffi religious traditions and lifestyles, not to mention a look at how Christian traditions appear to pre-colonial Indians. (One wife? Barbarous.) King James, whom many of us revere for the translation of The Bible he commissioned, does not fare well at the hands of Hoover. However, from what I have read of Stuart history, Hoover is dead on.
In the long run, the book hangs on its characters. We root for the underdog Hawksworth, wonder what trick Nadir Sharif will pull next, admire the brains and beauty of the Queen and the exiled harem woman, Shirin, Hawksworth's only love interest (though hardly his only bedtime companion).
A rousing adventure tale that will satisfy those who loved Shogun.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good yarn. August 9, 2004
By Sailoil
Format:Hardcover
Thomas Hoover has taken the real history of the first interaction of English men with the Moghul court in India, and moulded it into a cracking good read. He sends his swashbuckling English sea captain, Brian Hawksworth, on the trip of a lifetime through 18th Century India. On his trip the Englishman is used and abused by various factions in the internal power struggles of India as he represents an opportunity to break the Portugese stranglehold on the Indian trade.

He is exposed to Muslim and Hindu culture, exotic foods, drinks and drugs, overt sexuality and worship of the senses, heady music, tiger hunts, unbelievable wealth and fickle abuse of absolute power.

A veritable feast for the senses, and a fun read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure & Pleasure March 6, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Thomas Hoover's Moghul is a story which will stimulate and please many people. It is a tale of adventure full of anticipation with a wonderful sense of being there. Character development complements the swashbuckling story showing human development much like that witnessed in Shogun.
I thought it a wonderful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This epic takes place in early 17rh century India during the period of its early contact with England while all Indian trade was controlled by Portugal.

The story line is based upon actual events of the period with many of the characters historical, including the prince who became Mogul against fierce odds and who had the Taj Mahal built in honor of his first wife, also portrayed in the book. The plot easily holds your interest as events unfold and complications increase for the English captain, ambassador to the court of the Mogul as well as for the main Indian characters due to the difference between friendly words and on-going intrigues.

The book is full of both intricate and bold Intrigue, adventure, and believable characters. It is full of vivid historical descriptions of many facets of the period, such as costumes, decorations, customs, food, dancing, artistry, military, etc., the colorful descriptions fitting closely with the action narrative, not at all a distraction.

It is obvious that the author did an enormous amount of research, including into original period documents, as well as enjoying the advice and editing of expert professors and others knowledgeable of the period.

The read is very enjoyable, entertaining, educational, and moves right along with action, both in court as well as in the field. .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 27, 2011
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Blurb

India 1620: India is ruled by the son of the great Akbar, and is about to pass his crown to one of his sons. Brian Hawksworth, ship's captain and emissary of King James, must choose sides, but will he choose correctly? The future of England, and of India, depend on it.
He had come to India to open trade for "barbaric" England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every opportunity. But once on land, he becomes captivated by the country and the people. The beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest for supreme sensuality in music, mystical visions, and sacred lovemaking.
From pulse-pounding sea battles, to tiger hunts, war elephants, harems and forbidden love--The Moghul takes you on a breath-taking tour of the India that existed before the British Raj.

This is a long book! I have to say I enjoyed the first third of the book, but then, for me, it got bogged down in Indian politics of the time and made the reading a slow progress.
The Moghul is not for the faint-heated and not one that you can easily put down for a few days and pick back up again. I did this and found myself lost. What makes it difficult is not only the foreign names, but the many characters. I am one who loves books that have numerous characters, but this book, with its unfamiliar place names and politics of the rulers of India at the time, was tough going in parts.
The descriptions are wonderful and at the beginning the plot is clear and enjoyable, but sadly the middle to the end of the book lost some of its magic because of the weight of intrigue and I lost interest in those fighting for the kingdom.
If the author had cut back on the politics I would have enjoyed the story much better.
I did learn much about the early times of India though, which was very interesting.
I read The Moghul by Thomas Hoover on my Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not another banquet, help, arrggghh
Yeah we'll ok. Bought the book for it's supposed 'historic fiction' value but from about chapter 3 onward it seems to repeat itself: banquet, dancing, drugs, battle, betrayal .... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by ann
4.0 out of 5 stars historical fact and fiction combine for a great tale of adventure
A story worth the read...historical fact and fiction combine for a great tale of adventure!
Published 5 days ago by Linda Shaffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interesting information about 16th century India and origins...
Lots of interesting information about 16th century India and origins of Shi'ite Islam , but the story is a bit drawn out.
Published 5 days ago by David A Senator
4.0 out of 5 stars I was sort of surprised how much I liked this book
I was sort of surprised how much I liked this book. Because it was free for Kindle, I sort of expected it to be terrible. Read more
Published 11 days ago by angelia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Somewhat contrived
This book was a good read especially about India's traditions and culture, but everything always works out for the main character, which I hate. Read more
Published 14 days ago by angel baby
3.0 out of 5 stars better researched than written
I was impressed with the depth of historic research on the culture and the times but I was not entirely enamoured with the writing style or the over-emphasis on the more sensuous... Read more
Published 18 days ago by John R. Tibbetts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great story line fine historical references and loved the detail of the scene s in the palaces. The love scene s were very well written as were the dance sciences and the details... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Luisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about India in the 1600s. Very interesting and filled with...
Based on real people (ca. 1620) – an English “sea dog” shoots his way through Portuguese gallons and into an Indian port to open trade. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars great novel
I love a novel that brings another culture to my Midwestern mind. This story is well researched but is not distracting from the action. It really is in the style of Shogun. Read more
Published 29 days ago by kuiltdiva
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
The Mogul was a good summary of the era that it was written. The descriptive detail was lush and the character believable.
Published 1 month ago by C. S. Johnson
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