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The Snow Tiger
Desmond Bagley
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The Snow Tiger

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  382 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A small mining community in New Zealand is devastated when 'the snow tiger' (an avalanche) rips apart their entire township in a matter of minutes, killing fifty-four people. In the course of the ensuing enquiry, the antagonisms and fears of the community are laid bare, and a ruthless battle, for control of a multi-million pound international mining group, is exposed. The ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1975)
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Birdie's Mom
Very well-written action-adventure novel, about a business executive dealing with the aftermath of an avalanche in a tiny town beneath the mountains of New Zealand. When the Company's mining operation is engulfed, and the death toll in the town rises, questions arise -- could the Company have foreseen the avalanche, and saved the people in the town? Were enough safety measures taken? Were there warning signs that were ignored, so that the mining operation would continue work for the Company's pr ...more
Julian Walker
Excellent idea for a thriller, with the action happening in retrospective flashbacks from the court hearing which followed it. I learned a lot about snow from his traditionally thorough research.

Normal Bagley fodder, well served up with plot twists and shrewdly observed characters. A thriller writer in his element.
Kathryn  Bullen
Entertaining romp - cleverly constructed.
Starts out kind of slow. Some intriguing conflict builds up over time and there is some nice action scenes. A slight amount of romance. I got the impression that the author was a man's man sort of fellow from the way that the characters interact with each other. The descriptions of how an avalanche might occur and function were interesting. About three fifths of the way through the book I didn't want it to end.
The story of an avalanche that devastated a small NZ mining town is told through the subsequent enquiry. It had me from the preface.
Anurag Pandey
I read this novel as a teenager. It's been quiet sometime since. I remember the writing being simple and the jargon and facts digestible. The thrill wasn't overly present but nevertheless, it did exist in decent measure.
Typical Bagles, very well done. A mixture of court scenes and narrative flashbacks, very believable characters, nice bits of data about avanlanches thrown in as a bonus.

Fredrick Danysh
In the mountains of New Zealand sits a small, struggling mining town. When an avalanche strikes the town, there are efforts to blame the mine manager.
Mere Smith
Very interesting non-linear storytelling.
A pretty interesting thriller based around a novel premise: murder by avalanche.
Dorai Thodla
Gripping action. I read it twice and will read it again.
I LOOOOVE this book!
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Desmond Bagley was a British journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers. Along with fellow British writers such as Hammond Innes and Alistair MacLean, Bagley established the basic conventions of the genre: a tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary hero pitted against villains determined to sow destruction and chaos in order to advance their agenda.

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