The Tiger Warrior

The Tiger Warrior

by David J. L. Gibbins

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ISBN-13: 9781410422262
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/06/2010
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 609
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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Tiger Warrior 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
JDubWB More than 1 year ago
The cover of this novel by David Gibbons has an unattributed quote which says "What do you get if you cross Indiana Jones with Dan Brown? Answer: David Gibbins." This book is as intricate as Brown tries to be with even less success. It is convoluted and the main character is less Indiana Jones and more boring Jones. This book is page turner escapism. The dialogue is so dull that you turn the page just to escape the excruciating monologues meant to provide the meat and back-ground. The premise--a "what-if" Roman legionaires traveled across Asia 2000 years ago and encountered the various cultures along their quest to return to Rome--could be incredibly interesting. The writer tries to incorporate Rome, India, China, Afghanistan along with the Taliban. Except there is no flavor, just tedium. If I wanted an anthropoligical description of Asia 2000 years ago, I would be better off reading Conn Iggulden's series on Genghis Khan. If I wanted a complex plot, with outstanding characterization followed by intense action I would far prefer to read something by Stephen Hunter. All in all, this was a waste of $8. Too bad, because when I like a writer, I tend to buy and read all of his or her works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read David Gibbins first three novels, I thought that I would enjoy his fourth work as much. Was I mistaken! It was reminiscent of being back in a college auditorium listening to an ancient professor ramble on about ancient history, wondering when he would cut to the chase. This was the same thing that I was waiting for Mr. Gibbins to do. I resolved myself to finish the book, all 483 pages, hoping that the next chapter would keep me from falling asleep. No chance! The few morsels of action weren't enough to keep me plodding through his "diversions" into the history lessons and I too longed to be in Hawaii long before I read the last page. Mr. Gibbins first three novels, Atlantis, Crusader Gold and The Lost Tomb, were page turning homeruns, which I recommend reading. The Tiger Warrior is not!
ChrisinGVille More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where one reads the jacket and gets taken in by the premise only to find out that it's dull as dirt! The first 100 pages are possibly the most tedious text that I've struggled through... Clive Cussler is no Ernest Hemingway but Gibbens makes him seem comparable! A very shallow, transparent take off on Pitt and Giordano... The "Giordano" character, Costas, serves as the dumb guy to whom every dull and tedious detail need be explained so the rest of us readers have a remote clue as to what the egg-heads are talking about! Sorry, but I just could not grasp the significance of the "Roman-Silk Route-China" connection. In the first 100-150 pages, I must have exclaimed out loud "So what? Who cares?" literally 50 times. And the technique of having the main characters over-react to some arcane discovery that is purported to be of monumental significance to the history of mankind would be laughable if it wasn't so excruciatingly boring! "Jack reacted as if he'd been physically struck... The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea! It can't be!" Huh? Zzzzzzzzzz.....
RGazala on LibraryThing 27 days ago
David Gibbins' novel, The Tiger Warrior, reveals the author is an intelligent, educated and worldly man. The novel brims with historical and archaeological facts and theories spanning in time and place from the birth of the unified Chinese empire in 221 BCE to Caesarean Rome to British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent to present day Afghanistan. Most of these facts and hypotheses are intriguing, and all are patently the result of Gibbins' commendably deep research, study and thought.Unfortunately, none of the above renders Gibbins a master of character, dialogue, or narrative pacing in the art of storytelling. With rare exceptions, his characters are uniformly dull. These characters do not converse with each other so much as they lecture at one another. They often speak for hundreds of words at a time in single stultifying paragraphs that frequently fill more than an entire page before being subjected to an equally bloviated and professorial response. Real people do not talk this way, and wading through lecture after lecture churned out by one flat character after another makes for tedious reading and slows the story to a crawl.Had Gibbins paid as much attention to character and dialogue as he did to his excellent research, this book would be enjoyable, rather than merely informative. He did not, and accordingly the novel reads far more like a textbook than a good story told well.
TomWheaton on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I didn't like this book as much as I did his earlier books. I thought there was too much time spent on insignificant details and not enough telling the story. Also, the ending was disappointing - there was no definite conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many impossible things all occuring at once and people reading the minds of Roman soldiers from more than 2000 years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories have all been fabulous, and the writing has become more compact and easily read, the characters are better developed, which makes each book better than the last
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