The Moghul

The Moghul It was a time of greatness when one man could change the tide of history And one man did Captain Brian Hawksworth sailed to India that dark and foreboding land of mystery to live and breathe the ma

  • Title: The Moghul
  • Author: Thomas Hoover
  • ISBN: 9780821714553
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It was a time of greatness, when one man could change the tide of history And one man did.Captain Brian Hawksworth sailed to India, that dark and foreboding land of mystery, to live and breathe the majestic life of an epic He loved with passion, fought with heroism, vowing to make his mark upon the world.But Hawksworth, ship s captain and emissary of King James, would fiIt was a time of greatness, when one man could change the tide of history And one man did.Captain Brian Hawksworth sailed to India, that dark and foreboding land of mystery, to live and breathe the majestic life of an epic He loved with passion, fought with heroism, vowing to make his mark upon the world.But Hawksworth, ship s captain and emissary of King James, would find that India would also leave its mark on him And only then, when two cultures clashed in his own soul, when the pull of the past met the power of the future, would Hawksworth touch the grandeur of his greatest adventure

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    1. A very enjoyable read. To the person at who just called me "silly", you need another job Your comment took away the pleasure I generally feel when writing a review of a book that I really enjoyed reading. Mr. Hoover deserves praise for a job well done. Before you write a disturbing message to a reader, you need to think about the author too.

    2. Tonight we are many, but in battle the many are nothing. In battle there is only the one. Each of you is that one.' Shah Jehan. Thomas has done a masterly job of bringing alive a lost era of splendour and glory of the Muslim power in 16th century India. A time of absolute Moghul power which both the Portuguese and the English fighting sought after. They never dreamed of taking over India. All they were after was trading rights. Thomas has demonstrated great cultural insight of the time. Read and [...]

    3. Contrary to a lot of other readers, I loved this book. I've loved reading about India every since I read The Far Pavilions decades ago. I can see how some may not like it. Brian Hawksworth is sent by the East India Company to go through Portuguese controlled waters and ports of India, to locate the Indian Moghul and establish trade. What the Company doesn't know is that Hawksworth also carries a letter from King James to the Moghul. Luck or karma was with Hawksworth as he was able to land in Ind [...]

    4. I'd give another half star if I could. Liked it but had some issuesLike many reviewers, I started reading The Moghul and thought, Shogun. Unwelcome foreigner embraces a foreign culture and becomes involved in the polticial intrigue of the country. Good storyline but the author, at least in my view, wandered away too often and too long in exploring the culture and Hindu and Islamic theology. It seemed like page after page went on about ragas and sitars and conversations comparing the merits of En [...]

    5. The Moghul by Thomas Hoover. Fiction in reality The author has created fictitious characters like Akman, Arangbar, Nadir Sharif, Shirin, Queen Janahara and Prince Jadar having semblance to the real characters of Akbar, Jahangir, Nur Jahan and Shah Jehan. The English Brian Hawksworth in reality is Willam Hawkins. Though some would not relish the book but the authors effort to define the richness and prosperity of India is at its best. For some one who had been on the trail of the historic places [...]

    6. Set in India, this book follows the appearance of the first English trader to establish a foothold there.Based to a degree on historical personages that become quite real and entertaining. It is the historical setting; politically, culturally, and the like, that carry the book.The detail is magical when seen as deftly placed portions of the authors larger, multi-facited canvas.My attention was rapt, with minor exceptions where we kind of wandered the countryside (not too bad, that, by itself), b [...]

    7. I'm at the very outset -- so far this is reading like a Shogun carbon-copy, but in 1600's India instead of Japan. Once again, those wily Portuguese got there first! Finished -- yep, it's Shogun, but with a less-interesting protagonist, weaker characters, and lots of didactic dialogue. Also tantric sex, black plague, and people being executed by elephant. It was still fun to read, but a bit on the trashy side.

    8. Stopped reading with about 70% completed when I realized I was just skimming page after page. I thought this would be like Shogun in India, but the story never drew me in, the characters never came alive, and I saw next to nothing of India itself beyond the political maneuvering of the Moghul's court. I was sadly disappointed by this one.

    9. Great read.One of the best books I've read in recent years. I was captivated by the storyline and the characters. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in historical fiction.

    10. Great historical accuracy.Refer to the glossary often. Was made into a documentary? A complex story that must be read carefully. We forget now how advanced india was when the European s first arrived.

    11. It took me a while to get interested in this book, which is usually never a good sign. However, in the end I did enjoy this. His novel Caribbee is a superior effort than this.

    12. Maybe because it's been a while since I started it, but it took far too long to figure out when this was set. I did enjoy the portrayal of the Moghul and royal life at that time though. Knowing that Shah Jahan (historical counterpart to Jadar) built the Taj Mahal and opened India to English trade made reading it that much deeper for me. I could see the influences in later histories that I've read, even though the characters weren't strictly real. Sometimes there was a bit much description, but I [...]

    13. Very enjoyable read. Well developed characters and a plausible story. The opening battle is well done and hooked me.I am currently reading Shogun by Clavell. Several people who reviewed this book suggested that Moghul was simply a redux of Shogun. At this point I have to say that I seriously doubt those who said that have actually read either book. Besides being enjoyable, well conceived works, they are nothing alike.

    14. Hoover's Moghul feels at first like a shadow of Patrick O'Brian, with its well told battle between two English frigates and four Portuguese galleons off the Indian port of Surat in the seventeenth century. The prose is not as fine as O'Brian's, but sturdy enough, and I welcome the attempt to bring another chapter in the history of the British Empire to life. But O'Brian is soon forgotten as the protagonist Brian Hawksworth goes ashore and makes his way to the Moghul court at Agra. It turns out t [...]

    15. c1983: FWFTB: India, 1620, India, Portuguese, sea battles. In truth, this was a re-read and it was just as enjoyable as I remember it. I went through a phase of hefty historical books (actually, I am probably still in it) and Hoover wrote of distant land and the history of the place that I was not terribly aware of. There is a lot of descriptive writing - nicely done - but does slow the pacing down a bit. Recommended to the normal crew. " His entire body would perceptibly tense as the drummer be [...]

    16. Good bookI took my time reading this fact filled book. It is so interesting I found it hard to put down over the last few days until I finished. I've never read a historical novel set entirely in India prior to this, and now my interest is genuinely peaked. There were times I found it a bit 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 [...]

    17. Hoover tries to capture the grand scale of Moghul India and almost pulls it off. Brian Hawksworth is an unlikely hero but I guess it's more about the smart English pulling the wool over the wily Portuguese. It could have been an early Henty novel from that point of view. The descriptions tend to be be over detailed but in a sense they add to the richness of the setting. The sensuality can be a bit embarrassing. Maybe Hoover got caught up in the whole oriental seduction stuff. He does sound a bit [...]

    18. I had a hard time with the names in this book, keeping track of who waswhat. Otherwise its a tale of when England went to India to trade with themin the 1600's, they had to fight the Portugese to get into India. Then Hawksworth,the main character ended up staying in India when his ships returned to England.I loved the part of the story describing those days in India, when wars were foughton elephants, the leaders had up to 100 wives, the dress, the jewels, the smells,the architecture, all very i [...]

    19. This is like James Clavell's Shogun only in India. Hoover paints a picture with words, describing scenery and lavish palaces of the aristocracy. The story is based on actual historical events like Far Pavilions, with name-changes to maintain fiction status. My only concern were the spelling and grammatical errors that were not caught by Spellcheck. One example is "cap" where it should have read "cup" or periods where there should have been a comma. Other than that, I enjoyed the trip back in tim [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book although it was a long read and I don't have as much time as I'd like to sit down and read for long periods, so it took me a while to get through it. When I read a historical novel like this, I always wonder how close to fact the details are. I liked the explanation at the end of the story describing where certain characters and events were sourced from. All in all a good read despite the usual "lone hero comes good despite all the odds " predictibility. Historical narrative [...]

    21. I loved everything about this book except the lack of organization where the story was concerned. That vagueness extended even to the relationships between the hero and the people around him as well as the timeline the hero was in Mogul India. Good story, though; a better writer could whip the fuzziness out of it. I had questions over the course of the book as to why some characters were involved in the story as they served no useful purpose. Ah, well-it is a part of the world that still intrigu [...]

    22. At first, I was not sure I would like this book. During Chapter 1, I told myself to try to read at least a couple of chapters before giving up. Chapter 2 piqued my interest a bit. By the end of Chapter 3, I was hooked. The Moghul is one of those rare books that is so much better than the short "teaser" description. This is very likely to be a book that I will read again.

    23. If there were a little bit less time devoted to the differences between the sitar and the bloody lute Hawksworth dragged halfway round the world I would probably have given 5 stars.Unlike some people I didn't have a problem with the differences between Hindu and Islamic culture etc. as that clash of cultures is a defining trait of the entire colonial period of history. Overall, very enjoyable. Even if it is Shogun set in India!

    24. A little cliched. If you read Richard Clavell's Shogun, then you probably can guess the plot of this book. It follows the same plot structure of a Western adventurer who finds himself embroiled in various Oriental intrigues and, despite the obvious cultural differences that should have made him an object of scorn or digust, nevertheless manages somehow to win the affection of all these oriental women who basically throw themselves at him.

    25. A good read with a rich cultural backdropKnowing practically nothing of Indian culture this book was quite interesting. It urged me to look more into India and its history and culture. It paints quite a lavish picture that seems compelling. However, I didn't like the excessive descriptions of wardrobes, backgrounds, and surroundings. It seemed a little much at times. And the ending didn't leave off with a good sense of closure.

    26. This book took me forever to finish. It is historical fiction about how England began its relationship with India. The main character, Hawksworth, is sent by King James to make a deal with the Indians. At this time (early 1500's), the Portugese were in charge of all shipping in India. The story is a love story, a war story, and also an explanation of the Taj Mahal and behavior of the Indian Moguls at the time.

    27. A well-grounded and substantive workI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was rich in substance and clearly a product of excellent research. The story flowed very well and naturally. Great piece of writing. This book and Hoover's other historical novel Caribbee are truly remarkable to say the least.

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