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Year of the Tiger

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  25 reviews
During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita looted untold amounts of gold and other valuables from across its occupied colonies in Southeast Asia to fi nance the empire s ongoing military expansion. But when the tide of war turned against Japan in 1943, much of this treasure had to be buried in secret. Over the decades, the search for t ...more
ebook, 265 pages
Published December 3rd 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published August 1st 2012)
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Violet Crush
My only reason for accepting this book for review was that it was set in Singapore. If you read my blog regularly you might know I don’t read many thrillers. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I don’t actively seek them. So if I’m just going to read a few thrillers every year, I’m glad ‘Year of the Tiger’ was one of them.

This book in set in 2014 Singapore. When workers are digging for a tunnel in Singapore, they stumble upon a secret room filled with loot from the World War II. It’s
I must thank my friends here on goodreads for recommending this book as it certainly lived up to the hype.

Year of the Tiger had a great storyline lying somewhere between historical facts and intriguing fiction and this delightful blend makes this book an easy and interesting read.

Kudos to the author who focused on developing the main plot rather than on the moulding of characters. They played their part for sure, but it is always the story that matters most to me. The mystery of Yamashita's gold
I found the story angle interesting and it was well weaved in with history. While a work of fiction such a thing as the Japanese protecting their loot with a biological agent of sorts is possible as they did have the technology at the time and anthrax has a very long shelf life.

I've often wondered what became of Yamashita's gold. Much of it I'm sure was lost when the ships transporting the loot home to Japan were lost in military action at sea. Still I would like to think that at least some of
Jan 08, 2013 Sapper rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of action thrillers
I picked the book out cos I thought at first that it would be a historical fiction of the war in Asia. Still I wasn't disappointed that the bulk of the story was set in the present day.

I think that we do not give the Imperial Japanese Army enough of credit for their pioneering work on developing modern biological weapons especially anthrax despite the horrific way in which much of the research was done.

The legend and the many stories of Yamashita's lost treasure is indeed an interesting premis
It was the engaging plot and a fresh take on a mystery dating back to the Second World War that got me to pick up the Year of the Tiger.

As someone who has history flowing through his veins so to speak, I found that this unusual take on what happened to Yamashita's Treasure in the latter half of that war in the Pacific, to be both plausible and somewhat frightening. I can certainly appreciate the enormous research that was merged so seamlessly into the storyline giving the casual reader a quick h
This book has an interesting and unusual plot that would keep just about any normal reader, apart from brain-dead, turning the page.

Intelligent, good color and clear style of writing makes this an easy and enjoyable read.

I found it interesting that this book deals with a rather different sort of bioterrorism - one that had been left behind since World War II. The choosing of Anthrax as the bug in question was also interesting and the historical research done on anthrax made the plot believable
Loved the book and the fast-paced action.

As a student of history, I found that the book had an interesting take on the Japanese after Pearl Harbor attack. Lots of little juicy details about the Japanese and their biological warfare plans to attack the mainland US in the closing stages of the war.

Also it is not too often one comes across books referencing Israel's bio- weapons capability and the politics behind it.

In summary, Year of the Tiger was a great read about one unresolved mystery from t
I picked this one up thinking it was going to be just another story from World War Two but I was drawn in by the first couple of chapters.

I think what I enjoyed most about Year of the Tiger was the action which just kept me going. That's what I feel a good action thriller should be - something fast and explosive that keeps me wanting more as the plot evolves.

Loved the twist in the end!
What I found most enjoyable about this novel was the way in which the author skillfully blends events of World War II with the drama of the present day.

The book starts of simply enough when some workmen in Singapore stumble on an underground cache of treasure looted by the Japanese during the war. Tainted by the Japanese with a type of anthrax to protect the treasure, this chance discovery triggers a near global pandemic.

The main characters then go on to search for a cure following a few clues
I simply loved this book and the fact that it was set in Singapore was a bonus.

The book is filled with facts about the Second World War and that has made me more aware of our war history and what happened here. I've been looking into the tales about General Yamashita and all the treasure he had stolen which as far as we know is still missing. It is something which I hope can be found and maybe returned to the rightful owners if they can be found after all these years.

It was a fun book to read.
I picked the book out cos I thought at first that it would be a historical fiction of the war in Asia. Still I wasn't disappointed that the bulk of the story was set in the present day.

I think that we do not give the Imperial Japanese Army enough of credit for their pioneering work on developing modern biological weapons especially anthrax despite the horrific way in which much of the research was done.

The legend and the many stories of Yamashita's lost treasure is indeed an interesting premis
An awesome read. A strong gripping storyline told simply. It certainly kept me turning the pages till the very end. I really enjoy stories with an unpredictable ending and this one certainly lived up to all the hype.
Vikas Kohli
The book mingles past & present very well & is fun to read. I really enjoyed the historic references & a lot of it seems to be based on actual events.

Looking forward to the sequel.
Loved it! Fascinating story, well researched and great pace. Certainly deserves the praise it's been getting. Looking forward to more
Enjoyed the book. Good plot and solid research for a work of fiction. The storyline was rather scary in a way but plausible all the same.
Robert Tanner
This book started out really slow to me. But after you get to the part where the virus gets out. That's when the book really starts and how the team has to stop the virus form spreading. All in all this book is really good.
Alaric Seah
Inspired by how king tutankhamun kept his treasures from treasure burrowers.

Know more about Singapore's History: Sook Ching Massacre, 1992 Drug rehab Centre digging led to discovery of world war II treasure, Yamashita's gold loot ** recommend them to visit the old ford factory.

Twist at the end.

Linda E.
I just finished reading Year of the Tiger and I must say that I loved it. It is a fairly quick read and a thoroughly enjoyable one.

I have never read anything pertaining to this subject matter about Singapore or it's history. I do tend to like to learn about new places and things and I found that there is a great deal I didn't know about this region and is history.

This is a fictional novel but it is based on facts such as the rumors of treasure hidden by the Japanese army during the war and the
Wan Ni
Set in 2014, Year of The Tiger is a speculative historical thriller predicated on missing treasures that were looted in World War II, and hidden beneath the Padang in Singapore under plain site. When the treasures were accidentally unearthed by a group of construction workers, a high lethal and infective anthrax strain was unleashed, resulting in worldwide panic not unlike past infections such as SARS and H1N1. The story revolves about Inspector Loh trying to curb the spread of the infection, so ...more
Interesting storyline with strong historical links to kickoff the novel. I thought the pace was good and yes like everyone else it seems, I loved the twist at the end. Yet to read the sequel yet but hope it lives up to this book.
A well- researched book with a terrifying plot on bioterrorism with a twist. I enjoyed how history politics and the media shaped the plot as the story evolved. Am reading the sequel now and that looks good too.
Interesting novel and a story told quite realistically merging facts from the war with a modern-day twist. I like the way the media angle was woven into the story. It added to the pace and gave the storyline a more realistic field. Lots of little nuggets of information in the book and I found myself Googling to find out how much of the background info was real. Surprisingly a lot of it was factual so in that sense - yeah learnt quite a lot about Japan's biological weapons during the war.

I didn'
Thomas Sim
A novel that bridges the history of World War 2 in Singapore and the region into a classic modern-day thriller. I particularly like the way the threat of bioterrorism in today's society was handled. Overall it was a compelling and authentic read. The sequel Advent seems to be even bigger and more explosive.
Amatuerish. Can't decide between history lesson, social studies, a lecture on media, action/suspense. Dull dialogues and preachy proses don't help the pacing of the novel. Shallow characterisation and a sprawling plot with aimless subplots and a lack of any sign of urgency makes this a very painful read.
Interesting novel - a story well told. Certainly worth a second read down the road. I feel the sequel Advent is somewhat better though as the original plot is vastly expanded. The writing for both books were good fitting well into the tone and face of the novel.
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A former newspaper correspondent and managing editor for a number of magazines in Singapore, David Miller has written several commercial books over the years.

His first novel Year of the Tiger was published in August 2012. Advent was his second novel published in June 2013.

He is currently working on a sequel to Advent - the third and final installment in this series. The book is expected to be read
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