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The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard #4)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,151 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Two ancient cultures, a lost treasure from the distant past: what powerful secrets does it conceal—and how far will some go to possess them? Dive into a new full-throttle hunt from master of the action-adventure thriller David Gibbins, as he unleashes…

The trail starts in the Roman ruins and leads to a shipwreck off the coast of Egypt. Soon the world’s top marine archaeolo
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Mass Market Paperback, 502 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Bantam Books (first published 2009)
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Richard Gazala
Mar 13, 2010 Richard Gazala rated it it was ok
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.

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Marla
Nov 04, 2012 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one the best, after the very first one(cause really, after Atlantis everything would be downhill). It had things that I disliked from the other books so I'll try not to be negative and go into them again. =)

There were flashbacks to two different time periods and I wouldn't mind reading more, fuller, stories about those time periods. Though the characters do pretty much piece together what happened(somewhat annoyingly, okay, so I went into it a little =P). And the mystery of the jewe
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Patrick Gibson
Jan 28, 2010 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok
Shelves: testosterone
Why do I do it? This is my third book by David Gibbons—and I like them less and less. I keep thinking: a real archaeologist writing an adventure novel, how perfect. If I were smart enough I would BE an archaeologist. I also want to be Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin. So what’s the problem? He’s a good writer—what don’t I like? Um . . . how about ‘boring?’ You can’t just throw in a ton of facts and expect them to be interesting. Besides, how will we, the great unwashed, differentiate between what the au ...more
The Cats Mother
This is written by an archeologist who writes books, rather than a novelist, and it shows. It's about a marine archeologist called Jack (aren't all heroes nowadays?) who travels to various exotic locations to uncover a mystery surrounding some roman legionaries and a chinese emperor, and his own ancestor. There's a shady enemy in the background, with fairly impausible motivation, the Tiger Warrior himself, and what looks like a romance in there which doesn't come to anything.
There was lots of em
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Heidi Angell
Dec 28, 2015 Heidi Angell rated it liked it
Good:
David Gibbons is a trained archaeologist. There is so much fact (or at least, supposition based on evidence throughout history) in this book that it is really thrilling to read. His details of the Koya people of India, and the Pashtun people of Afghanistan, were fascinating to read. The basis of the adventure, the possibility of Roman soldiers being captured as slaves, and moving into Asia along the Silk road and then becoming mercenaries; is very realistic and the way that he paints the po
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Adriano Del Orange
Jun 21, 2015 Adriano Del Orange rated it it was ok
On the plus side, this is a much better book than the risible Atlantis, which is why it merits a second star. It's still about unlikely one-dimensional characters pursuing implausible plots, but that's to be expected in this genre. The characters might be the biggest failing of this novel. They are just not engaging in any way. The background and archaeology are interesting, the more so for being a less well known story than the Atlantis legend. The real reason it gets a second star is because t ...more
Phil Leader
Nov 17, 2015 Phil Leader rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Tiger Warrior follows archaeologist and adventurer Jack Howard as he follows a tantalising clue that perhaps some escaped Roman legionaries had found themselves pitched against the bodyguard of the First Emperor of China and one had taken refuge in the jungles of India.

This might sound far-fetched but Gibbins knows his archaeology and comes up with a plausible (if tenuous) story to make this work. The story is then taken up at the end of the 19th century in India when Howard's great great gr
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Anne
Jul 04, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
I wish I had never picked up this waste of paper.

I may have liked it if I had read the first books, but I sincerely doubt it. It was so technical, details about this gun and this piece of equipment, that I kept losing my focus and had to reread pieces multiple times to even grasp the basics. The details about some vague historical thing made it so unbearable at times, that I just wanted to throw the book. I would have if it weren't borrowed from the library.

And the grammatical errors! Oh my gosh
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Wayne
Sep 01, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of clive cussler
Shelves: adventure
Two ancient cultures, a lost treasure from the distant past: what powerful secrets does it conceal.Soon the world’s top marine archaeologist, Jack Howard, and his team of scientific experts and ex-Special Forces adventurers are pushing their way through the mysterious jungles of India, following in the footsteps of a legendary band of missing Roman legionnaires. Dive into a new full-throttle hunt from master of the action-adventure thriller David Gibbins. a little Dirk Pitt ish but still a well ...more
Elizabeth Means
about the author:
Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In 1999-2000 he was part of an international team excavating a 5th century BC shipwreck off
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Stephen
Jan 25, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I've read other reviews of this book and some rated this book very poorly. Everyone is welcome to his opinion, but for me I like the flow of The Tiger Warrior. I like the amount of history and legend that is put into the book. Gibbins continues to lure in his audience and keep it enthralled as he weaves a web of history and myth. The Tiger Warrior takes our hero away to the East. He looks into the possibility of a grave robbery of the very first Chinese Emporer. I will not spoil the story with m ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Look, the premise for the story is great. Lost Roman legion ends up in China as slaves, but eventually escape and make it as far as India? Pretty awesome. But the execution was never quite there for me. It was trying to tie three different stories together - the Roman legion, Jack Howard's ancestor in late 19th century India, and Jack Howard in the present - and didn't really deliver on any of them.

There was far too much description and very little actual action. And what action there was prett
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Josh
Sep 25, 2011 Josh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Gibbins and adventure/historical novels
I can not for the life of me figure out why it takes me so long to read a novel by David Gibbins. They aren't poorly written, overly dull, or off-topic from what I usually read. I just seem to read his books during periods of time when I find myself incredibly busy with outside events. Having said all that, I did like the book which is a departure from the three previous novels in this adventure series. The main character, Jack Howard, is a marine archeologist, and thusly, the novels generally t ...more
Linn
Sep 22, 2010 Linn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who's interested
Recommended to Linn by: No one
Shelves:
I haven’t finished it yet, but it seems to be a nice book, just like the other ones. However, the prologue is a bit long, and at times I didn’t really stay put. Once I started the reading, the main chapters that is, it suddenly started to become more interesting. For some years now I’ve been really fascinated in the Eastern Asian history and culture, so this book has been good just cause of that. Sure, loads of it is speculation and just pure imagination, but it’s still very interesting.

I did h
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Paul Doyle
Apr 11, 2015 Paul Doyle rated it liked it
The story was decent. I guess that is why I got back to these even as they frustrate me. The concepts are good, and there is even some good, like the background written as flashbacks.
But the dialogue continues to turn into lectures: "Rembember when in profesor so and so's class"
"Oh yeah,...." for the next several pages. There are other ways to get that same message across.
A few other comments:
Note to David Gibbins' editor. It is not necessary to repeat Jack's great, great, grandfather every 5th
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Gail Kavanagh
Apr 12, 2013 Gail Kavanagh rated it really liked it
I love oceanic archeology, land archeology, tomb raiders, ancient mysteries - you name it. I had never heard of the lost Roman Legion that is believed to have travelled into Asia after losing a hopeless battle, so with a title that promised all I loved, how could I resist?

Never read a book by this author either, so I was plunged straight into unknown territory. It's an archeology geek's book. Short on characterisation, long on history. More talk than action. But for all that, I enjoyed it. I pre
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Kyle Schultz
Jun 28, 2015 Kyle Schultz rated it it was ok
A book that claims to cross the best of Indiana jones and Dan Brown should be exciting, and this book was decidedly not. I only got through the first 150 pages or so, so perhaps it picks up, but I just couldn't finish it. The characters fell flat, the writing was repetitive, and the awkward photographs made it seem like the author couldn't do his job in describing the scene to the readers. I gave it two stars for the potential to become interesting, since there is a intriguing premise for the no ...more
Leasha
Jan 13, 2016 Leasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: escapism
Least favorite of Jack Howard's adventures so far.
It was fun to explore different mythologies and travel to different parts of the world than normal, but the plot was so loose that I struggled to stay interested. The unexpected and seemingly random overload of sentimentality overshadowed anything else that may have been happening in this book, and unfortunately, there wasn't much else going on.
Matt Kelland
Dec 13, 2014 Matt Kelland rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
I love a good archeology adventure, and this has all the right ingredients, but falls short of my expectations. It doesn't have the wild exuberance of Indy, the rattling pace of Cussler, or the intricate unraveling of Dan Brown. I enjoyed it, but I had hoped for more.

It says much that I was more interested in the archeological end notes than the story. Ho hum.
Veronica
Apr 02, 2015 Veronica rated it did not like it
Got to page 64 before deciding that this will go on the pile of "never gonna finish" books. This dude can DRONE! 2pages to talk about lifting a tarp to look at artifacts. It's not suspense, it's DRONING. Blech...He wants to be Cussler, but he's far from it.
Amanda Fleet
Dec 30, 2012 Amanda Fleet rated it did not like it
I wish I could have given it no stars...
Synopsis:
Modern-day diver/archaeologist goes in search of the truth behind his ancestor's life/death and on the way discovers treasures and links between the Romans and the Chinese.

What utter tosh!! The story was preposterous - that Jack Howard would find all these things; that they were even there to be found; that an academic department would have at their disposal boats, planes, helicopters etc...
The main characters were more Bond-like than Bond (but wi
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Francisco
Dec 18, 2015 Francisco rated it really liked it
Shelves: propios
I liked the story. I had never read the series before but it was entertaining and now I'm yearning to read Atlantis or The Lost Tomb. That said I didn't feel like I didn't understand part of the story because of it.
The story is quite crazy and fun but sometimes Gibbins got me really bored with details I didn't need to picture the scene, like spending three sheets explaining how they were holding their weapons but aside from that I'd recommend the book to anyone who likes adventure stories.

Mike Hood
Jun 03, 2014 Mike Hood rated it liked it
Takes a long time to get to the action- tons of back story and back n forth. But when it happens- it happens well.
Titas (Emperor)
Nov 09, 2014 Titas (Emperor) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
My brain hurts! Do I really need all these unnecessary informations?
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
I was a bit apprehensive to read this book. I bought it on sale because it sounded interesting, and then checked out the goodreads reviews before starting. Wow. No one likes this book. And neither do I!
Although the history is interesting, the book just takes forever to get going. Not only that, but I think David Gibbins is completely ADD - he takes these tangents that get you excited at first, but eventually you just get annoyed because they never lead anywhere. Basically, it's a book with ten d
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Ronald Hilbert
Mar 03, 2015 Ronald Hilbert rated it liked it
Hard to get into for the first few chapters but got better the more I read.
Sukanya Kaur
May 14, 2014 Sukanya Kaur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to read if you love reading about ancient stuff, treasure hunting, ruins and history. I enjoyed reading this book.
Iya
Oct 19, 2011 Iya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was realllly surprised reading all the negative and "not so amazing" reviews. I personally loved it. I literally couldn't put it away. It was a real page-turner. Two different story lines are skillfully put together and kept me intrigued till the last page. The book was interesting to read, because you learn a lot of fascinating facts from the history of different cultures(i personally googled a lot of stuff while reading it). Though you have to draw a line between facts and fiction. To put it ...more
Kim
I definitely didn't enjoy this one as much as The Last Gospel but it wasn't a bad book. Far less action than in others and the ending was pretty crap. Felt like nothing was resolved at all. This book was really more about the author wanting to fictionalize one his ancestors and tie his family to some great part of history.

On the positive side it fired my interest in India and has lead me to plan a trip there this year.
Vincent
Mar 11, 2014 Vincent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writer drew a huge picture of unrecorded history. Endless Mythology, but dull. The book could have been finished in less than 350 pages.
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Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In 1999- ...more
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