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A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.
Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.
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The author keeps the true story intense, but departs from the main story a number of times for developing characters involved in it and in the process explains in detail the history, geography, economy, ecology, ethnicities and culture, predators and prey in the region, and of course the relationship between men and the beast. In fact, the authors goes into further details and educates the readers on different political eras of Russia, Sino-Soviet relations of the past and Sino-Russian relations as of now, animal behaviour, even predator ' prey relationships studied in Africa, anthropology, palaeontology, etc. and he does all of this so very beautifully never losing track of the original story of the man eating tiger. It is amazing to note how learned the author and how well researched this book is. The author brings the knowledge out from diversified subjects as they apply to this confrontation between men and tiger.
The book has many tragic events described graphically, but in the end it leaves hope in that the awareness is growing all over the world and that Amur Tigers may survive living in the wild.
I grew up reading very lively and graphic stories of man eating tigers of India written by Jim Corbett and many local Indian hunters. I remember many of those stories and am still able to recall hunters describing the man eating tiger's behaviour. This book either endorsed those viewpoints or expanded my knowledge on tiger behaviour especially after it becomes a man eater.
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It's more of an "experience" than merely a book.
Most recent customer reviews
It's an interesting read. I found it kind of long though, and after a bit I lost interest.Published 4 months ago by S.May
Excellent read. You will never think of Russia or tigers the same way again after you finish this novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AlisonB
A compelling and wonderfully crafted read and utterly fascinating insight into the consciousness and "umwelt" of this remarkable czar of the taiga.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Duncan M. Taylor
A story that needs to be told. Logging in Siberia is taking away the tiger's habitat. They are now endangered. Read morePublished 6 months ago by nancy
The hardcover version is superb! I really enjoyed this book! Perfect for a gift!Published 7 months ago by Patrick GT
Vaillant does an excellent job of weaving history, the social situation, and the environment into his story.Published 8 months ago by A. Telfer
It is beautifully written and tells a fascinating story about the people of this remote part of the world; and a lot about the
tigers who live there. Read more
One of the best books I have read. I read this book previously, borrowed from a family member. The synergy of dynamic style coupled with dramatic incidence and anthropology of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lisbeth Haddad