THE MOGHUL

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.”

THE MOGHUL was immediately a European best-seller, optioned by Indian producers who commissioned a six-hour mini-series, then Canadian producers with the BBC.

“Grand adventure, firmly plotted, well told – the stuff of matinee movies.
. . . An excellent novel.”
Los Angeles Times

“A fine old-fashioned adventurous read . . . Grab a copy.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“THE MOGHUL captivates the reader in a similar fashion to M. M. Kaye’s highly successful novel THE FAR PAVILIONS.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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Publisher’s Weekly declared, “This is one of the few historical surveys of Zen available. Hoover reveals a culture of extraordinary richness and variety.”
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Reviewers called THE MOGHUL “the finest book on India since Kipling” , another “SHOGUN or THE FAR PAVILLIONS,” “rousing, romantic adventure” “high action” “a vividly told tale” “captivates the reader” with “mysteries of the harem to battles of massed elephants.” Optioned twice for a Miniseries. (To date, five pirate English-language paper editions have appeared worldwide.)
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Publisher's Weekly said, "This action-crammed, historically factual novel . . . is a rousing read about the bad old marauding days, ably researched by Hoover." In the epic tradition of James Clavell and James A. Mitchner: the Europeans who created human slavery in the Americas, the origins of the buccaneers, the first American revolution.