Flood of Fire

Version: Unabridged
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Narrator: Raj Ghatak
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2015
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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DescrThe stunningly vibrant final novel in the bestselling Ibis Trilogy

It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the "Hind," a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong.

Along the way, many characters from the Ibis Trilogy come aboard, including Zachary Reid, a young American speculator in opium futures, and Shireen, the widow of an opium merchant whose mysterious death in China has compelled her to seek out his lost son. The "Hind" docks in Hong Kong just as war breaks out and opium "pours into the market like monsoon flood." From Bombay to Calcutta, from naval engagements to the decks of a hospital ship, among embezzlement, profiteering, and espionage, Amitav Ghosh charts a breathless course through the culminating moment of the British opium trade and vexed colonial history.

With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, "Flood of Fire" completes Ghosh s unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs. With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.

Reviews (1)

Written by Dorothy Tod on January 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the last book in a wonderful Ibis trilogy about the Chinese, Indian, English opium trade in the 19th century. Ghosh is a keen obsever of cultural ways and loves language. And the narrators of this book do justice to that love.

Author Details

Author Details

Ghosh, Amitav

Writer and anthropologist Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt, and has taught in various Indian and American universities. He is the author of three books: "The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines" and "In An Antique Land" and has written for "The New Yorker, Granta, The New Republic" and "The New York Times." Mr. Ghosh and his wife, Deborah Baker, live in New York with their two children.