- File Size: 3494 KB
- Print Length: 610 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Doubleday (September 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042X99YO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,447 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.
As I was reading it, I swear I could hear the music from the movie "The Seahawk!" It's a great tale made better by Mr. Hoover's gift for weaving seemingly disparate threads into a stirring tapestry. It has romance in it (this is mysterious sultry India, after all), but it doesn't interfere with the story's pace. It's an intelligent well-written novel, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
There were times I found it a but hard to follow the author's writing and had to reread various passages, but overall it has well described characters based on real people at the time and some actual events.
I would recommend this book, not so much as a romance novel but more for the historical aspect. I found the romance was more about the land, cultures and its people than a man and a woman's relationship.
The amount of research that went into the writing of this story is absolutely stupendous. And it was written before the advent of the internet! I cant even fathom the amount of time the author spent fact checking and thumbing through research material. A+
Dialogue and narrative- first rate.
THe plotline follows an emmisary of the the Briitish East India Company, Captain Hawkesworth in an initial attempt to establish a trading agreement with the ruler of India - the Moghul. It was a time when the Portugues had established dominance over the sealanes in India, and had locked up trading with that country. It is a story of suspense and intrigue as Hawkesworth learns his way around and alien culture and also one of seduction as he falls under the spell of the exotic females in that far off land.
Again, with the detail Hoover provdes you feel as though you are walking down the streets with him, or fighting the fierce sea battles for control of the coast.
A magnificient effort. I cant believe it is free- currently.
Why isn't the author, Thomas Hoover, published a great deal more? The Moghul is really a big book (and I mean BIG) with descriptions on the Kama Sutra and fairyland places like certain castles, etc!! An avid follower of Dewey Lambdin, John Biggins and the "Richard Sharpe" series, I firmly believe that this novel is right up there among the "big boys" with the historical research, but becomes "too moviesh.." to be taken seriously as good place/time fiction.
Recommended to a degree, but I AM STILL LOOKING AT OTHER THINGS that both instruct and entertain. This was not one of those small finds in life that turns into gold for the reader!!
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