Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Sow to the wind and you will reap a whirlwind" Bible
This novel is set in February 1979 with the Iranian revolution.
As Iran is in a life and death struggle after the Shah has left, a British helicopter company is secretly controlled by the Noble House of Hong Cong. The members of the company question how much longer they will be able to operate their bases throughout the land.
In Aberdeen, Andrew Gavallan and Linbar Struan discuss the direction of the Nobel House and what should be the proper course of management. It is easy to see that the two men detest each other.
The novel could well be a text book on the Iranian revolution. However, like most of the author's books, strict adherence to historical facts are not always the case.
Even back in 1979, the reader can read of the conflict Iranians had with Shiites and Sunnis as well as their distrust and dislike for outsiders such as the Americans, Canadians and British who were looking after their oil interests in Iran at the time.
The novel is lengthy and complex.