King Rat (Asian Saga, book 4) by James Clavell - book cover, description, publication history. The Asian Saga is a series of six novels written by James Clavell between and The novels all center on Europeans in Asia, and together they explore the impact on East and West of the meeting of these two distinct civilizations. Whirlwind has 5, ratings and reviews. Matthew said: Since I was in high school, James Clavell has loomed largely among my guiltier pleasures. Som /5.