Finished Whirlwind at lunch today and so I've completed The Asian Saga. Whirlwind is good, did get lost a few times with characters/places since the novel spans Iran from Hormuz to the border with Azerbaijan. With so many characters it did get a little bogged down at times, especially with them spread out. My rankings of all the novels 1. Shogun 2. King Rat 3. Noble House (barely ahead of...) 4. Tai-Pan (barely ahead of...) 5. Whirlwind and in a distant 5th place....Gai-Jin 1-5 in my rankings are all solid and not much separates them. Gai-Jin is a steaming hot pile of garbage and should be skipped by everyone, it doesn't fit into the Saga/narrative at all (even though it involves Struan's in-between Tai-Pan and Noble House so you think it would) That being said, Shogun and King Rat are standalone, however the main character in King Rat does have a part to play in Noble House but I don't think you'd be missing anything if you skipped King Rat. Chronologically, Tai-Pan -> Noble House -> Whirlwind should be read in order. From reading all the books I've learned that James Clavell likes women who put their husbands on a pedestal, have their favorite drink ready without being asked (they should just know), unfettered capitalism, and he absolutely 100 percent hates the Labour Party.