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by Jack Warner

Shikar marks the spectacular debut of Jack Warner. Totally absorbing, it is a thriller of verve, accomplishment, tension, and imaginative power. This is the kind of story that keeps us awake and reading into the early morning hours, makes us miss our stop, forces us to be late for appointments.

Shikar pits Grady Brickhouse, sheriff of Harte County,


Shikar marks the spectacular debut of Jack Warner. Totally absorbing, it is a thriller of verve, accomplishment, tension, and imaginative power. This is the kind of story that keeps us awake and reading into the early morning hours, makes us miss our stop, forces us to be late for appointments.

Shikar pits Grady Brickhouse, sheriff of Harte County, Georgia, against an unlikely but fearsome opponent-a full-grown Bengal tiger that has somehow found its way into his jurisdiction. Brickhouse happens to be very good at his job: keeping the peace in his sleepy corner of the huge forested wilderness at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. A former high-school principal, Brickhouse is known as a gentle and fair man, people like him. But he's no match for the tiger, one of the most powerful and cunning predators on the planet-few humans are, and every hunter who goes into the woods after the beast is taken out in pieces. Grady is going to have to find someone or something that can do something damn quick-the death toll mounts every day, the media and the politicians are clamoring for something to be done . . . and something strange is going on that Grady just can't put his finger on, something that doesn't add up. . . .

Shikar is fresh and inventive. Jack Warner performs storytelling magic in the clear, resonant style of the classic adventures of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, and Michael Crichton.

It is a novel you will never forget.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Jack Warner's wonderful first novel has fascinating echoes of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling but is his own unique blend of strong characters and a page-turning, moving plot about two noble adversaries, one human, one animal, in rural America."-David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood

"Pure, perfect suspense. Jack Warner has crafted a riveting tale of man and beast."-Stephen Coonts, bestselling author of America

"One of the best damn books I've ever read."-William W. Johnstone, author of the Ashes Series

Publishers Weekly
With blurbs from Janet Dailey, David Morrell, Dan Simmons and Stephen Coonts, among others, this sharp action thriller from a retired journalist looks to get some well-deserved media attention. Readers shouldn't be dismayed by the opening chapters, which follow classic monster-movie template as a huge Bengal tiger escapes an itinerant zoo in rural Georgia. It then proceeds to eat a few inhabitants, to the consternation of many including local sheriff Grady Brickhouse, the novel's protagonist, but not its most interesting character. That distinction belongs to Col. Jim Graham, a legendary hunter of man-eating tigers who leaves retirement in England to slay the Bengal beast even as a media frenzy develops over the story. Based-according to the author-on the equally legendary but entirely real tiger hunter Col. Jim Corbett, Graham dominates every page he's on with his quiet, cool yet compassionate demeanor, his superb hunting skills and his deep respect for nature and animals-the latter theme pushed by Warner throughout. The novel takes off when Graham arrives, and gains emotional and even spiritual resonance as Warner develops a curious subplot about a young mountain boy, nearly feral, who forges a bond with the tiger but joins forces with Graham in the novel's very exciting climax to confront the man-eater head-on. With lots of fascinating tiger lore, some terrific stalk-and-slash sequences and the charismatic Graham at its center, this novel will please all who enjoy swift tales of courage and derring-do. It'll make a fine movie, too. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bengal tiger goes AWOL from an overturned circus truck and takes up a biped-only protein diet. Strictly from the rope-a-dope school of mystery thriller: the reader sees all the punches coming. Effectively if not so subtly, first-novelist Warner, retired journalist, invokes Kipling through a reverent hunter vs. man-eater prologue that’s set in India. Then the reader is dumped into modern-day rural Georgia as the devil-in-giant-cat-drag chews its way through mountainous scenery. The prologue may have been replaced abruptly by the red Georgia clay, but the classic types--Great White Hunter, Jungle Boy, and Man-Eating Tiger--are transported from the past virtually intact, two-dimensional and bloodless. Warner hurriedly covers all the events that were foreshadowed in the prologue. The only stranger to those familiar with the genre is a nicely portrayed rural sheriff, Grady Brickhouse, who’s not a cartoonish country galoot but a sensitive modern gentleman doing his best to deal with a dangerous carnivore and a drooling press corps. Sheriff aside, the rest of the cast is drawn in dotted-line primary colors. Beyond vague descriptions of the "man eater’s" gory dining habits and some references to sexual activity by secondary characters, there’s little of violence or prurience here, a curious absence that tends to give the whole a YA atmosphere. The only lust is the insatiable feline’s. And, remarkably soon, even the primal, nightmarish terror of humans being stalked and eaten by a huge, reddish cat with burning yellow eyes becomes routine. Promising idea, but, told through a yawn, without the tension the genre demands. Agent: Richard Curtis/Curtis Agency

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Tom Doherty Associates
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Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Warner spent thirty years with United Press International in Dallas, New Orleans, Washington, and Atlanta, followed by thirteen years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He now lives with his wife of forty-five years on a small ranch near Silver City, New Mexico. He is at work on his second novel.

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Shikar 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out good, and kept getting better. The story moved quickly, the writing was crisp. I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on, and I will definitely look for more from Jack Warner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shikar was a great read. It is the kind of book that keeps you reading until three in the morning. It's not only exciting but also well written. Jack Warner's first book is a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has something jumping out at you with every page turn! Well-written, exciting storyline, believable characters. This is the reason I read thrillers - scared the bleep out of me! I definately recommend this!