The Moghul

Cover image for


Author: Thomas Hoover
Published: 1983
Language: English
Wordcount: 217,990 / 631 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,517
Added to site: 2010.07.30 28574
License: ©

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.

Show Excerpt

hing left to pawn. Two years before, he had been leading a convoy of merchantmen through the Mediterranean when their ships and cargo were seized by Turkish corsairs, galleys owned by the notorious dey of Tunis. He had finally managed to get back to London, but now he was a captain without a ship. In years past this might have been small matter to remedy. But no longer. England, he discovered, had changed.

The change was apparent mainly to seamen. The lower house of Parliament was still preoccupied fighting King James's new proposal that Scotland be joined to England, viewed by most Englishmen as a sufferance of proud beggars and ruffians upon a nation of uniformly upright taxpayers; in London idle crowds still swarmed the bear gardens to wager on the huge mastiffs pitted against the chained bears; rioting tenant farmers continued to outrage propertied men by tearing down enclosures and grazing their flocks on the gentry's private hunting estates; and the new Puritans increasingly harassed everyone the


Average Rating of 4.7 from 3 reviews: *****
ray storey

An outstanding novel that captures the style of the times and locations.

Characters are developed and presented in a manner that completes their interaction with the protagonist and other characters.

I recommend this book for adults and mature audiences.

Mike Evans

Loved this book, I couldn't put it down.


Really enjoyed this one. Very elaborate descriptions, almost excessive in some places. The book ends as if leaving the option for a sequel, although I do not think one was written - correct me if I am wrong about that.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook


Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook


Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for The Moghul by Thomas Hoover - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Across Asia on a Bicycle
by Thomas Gaskell Allen
'Tween Snow and Fire
by Bertram Mitford
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas, pθre
The Lost Continent
by Percival Constantine
The Ward of King Canute
by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

See more popular titles from this genre.