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No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History

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A true account of the deadliest animal of all time and the hunter on its trail.

Nepal, c. 1900: The single deadliest animal in recorded history began stalking humans, moving like a phantom through the lush foothills of the Himalayas.

As the death toll reached an astonishing 436 lives, a young local hunter was dispatched to stop the now-legendary man-eater befo
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by William Morrow
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J.K. Grice
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NO BEAST SO FIERCE was just an incredibly engrossing and captivating book. Author Dane Huckelbridge breaths life into a fascinating story that happened over 100 years ago. This is the tale of the Chumpawat man-eater, a tigress that was responsible for killing 436 people in northern India and Nepal between 1900-1907. The tigress was eventually shot and killed by Jim Corbett outside the town of Chumpawat in May of 1907. Over the next few decades, Corbett became famous for his skill in tracking dow ...more
Amy Bruestle
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
“That when it comes to truly behaving as a beast — to killing wantonly and without reason — it is our kind, not theirs, that is the fiercer of the two.”

I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review....Technically, I won a different book, but the publisher had some issue and wasn’t able to send out the books to the giveaway winners, but didn’t want to leave them empty handed, so instead sent this book.

This was a wonderfully written nonfiction book about the Cham
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Emma
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Written in an engaging style, this is primarily an extended journalistic piece on the life and times of the Champawat tigress. Incorporating a wide ranging investigation into the history of the area, the book considers how and why this particular tiger turned man-eater, while attempting to explain the wider pattern of tiger attacks right up to the present day. It's clear that the research is both detailed and extensive, but the language and style often veer towards sensationalism, especially dur ...more
Moonkiszt
Tiger's gonna do what Tiger's gonna do. Basically that was what each chapter covered. Can't imagine what living in those communities must have been like for those people who had no choice about sending kids to get water, girls needing to walk through forests to work, fathers hunting food for dinner - and none returning. . . .in the hundreds.

I love sharks, and reading about sharks, planning my TV watching around shark week. . .well this book showed me I'm missing the land part of that obsession
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Joe Jones
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The true story of a Bengal tiger that killed over 400 people in Nepal and India a little over 100 years ago. I had no idea of how efficient a killing machine tigers are and how many people they have killed over the years. One instant you are standing at the edge of the woods and the next the tiger is already sprinting away with another victim in its mouth. Chilling. All set within the backdrop of the Indian subcontinent and the changes over the years leading to more human deaths. Nonfiction fans ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’m for the animals!
AnnaG
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A fascinating history of a man-eating tiger and the wider history of how humans encroaching on tiger territory lead to this tragedy with 436 dead humans and one dead tiger. This was a really interesting history book that looked into the history of tigers generally, why this tiger became a problem, how the villagers responded, how the colonial authorities responded and how attitudes towards tigers changed over time. I found this an eye-opening book giving all sides of the story.
Giselle Bradley
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF'd 35%. This just isn't doing anything for me. The author presents a lot of scenarios in a play by play manor, even telling what people are thinking and then at the end will say roughly "I'm guessing something like this happened at some point". Very frustrating to read! The writing was also not engaging. Maybe I'll revisit this interesting topic from another author in the future but I wont be picking this back up.
Books on Stereo
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction at its finest.
Ellen
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story of Jim Corbett’s hunt of the Champawat man-eater was reasonably interesting - it just took almost half the book to get there, through long detours about Nepalese and Indian history framed by tigers.

I might go read Corbett’s memoirs, but I really can’t recommend Huckelbridge’s account. I found myself bored a lot, the style is melodramatic too often, and the author’s frequent conjectures and assumptions about what Corbett must have been feeling or thinking were annoying.

I had high hope
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Rick
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recently finished reading this book about a tiger in Nepal at the dawn of the twentieth century that stalked, killed, and ate 436 people, averaging a person a week for ten years. I was initially wary of reading this because I love the John Vaillant book so much but this won me over with its insistence on looking at the influence of the loss of habitat, prey, and colonialism on the tiger's behavior. One of the fascinating things I noticed was how colonialism resembles a more brutal version of gen ...more
Cheryl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I only know a slight bit of information about the Champawat Tiger. Therefore, I found this book to be very interesting to learn about animals from other countries. To be honest, when I think of "deadly" animals; the Champawat Tiger is not one that makes the top ten list. However, after reading this book it is right up in the top animals of the world. This is no joke as the Champawat Tiger held four hundred and thirty six kills before Jim Corbett killed him. Although, reading this book, I can ima ...more
Michelle

I love tigers. I think they are among one of the most majestic beasts on this planet, and it tears me apart that people continue to hunt them to the point of extinction. Between the cover and the title, there was no doubt I was going to pass on the opportunity to read about the Champawat tiger to find out what made her so deadly. Dane Huckelbridge and No Beast So Fierce does not disappoint.

You would think that a story about man-eating tigers would change my mind about these fearsome
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Pegeen
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator ruined the book for me , sounded like a 50’s late night tv ad pitch , eventually a few chapters in he could not keep up the inane voice. . Over emoted, over articulated. Eventually the narrator could not keep the inane voice up , and became more natural, still not great, but tolerable. The STORY itself was much better, told with respect .
Casper
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I bought No Beast So Fierce and was really excited to read it, remembering how much my little brother had loved reading The Ghost and The Darkness. It was one of the only books he read as a child and we watched the movie so so many times.

This book is interesting and well written but I think I expected it to be more directly about the hunt itself. The first two thirds of the book covered a history of colonial India, war and politics, a view of the contributing factors relating to tige
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Kenneth Hardcastle
Huckelbridge tells the story of the Champawat Tiger, a creature estimated to have killed more than 400 people in Nepal and India over a span of about a decade at the beginning of the 20th Century. It examines the likely history of the tiger - where it was born, and what happened to turn it into such a prolific predator. It also studies the political and social conditions in the area that contributed to the tiger’s reign of terror, the most obvious of which is British Imperial rule. Finally, the ...more
Beth
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I have heard of the Champawat Tiger before, and was very curious about this book. Tigers are not known to be "man-eaters", as a general rule, unless something has gone VERY wrong. In this book, Huckelbridge makes that case that it wasn't just one thing that went wrong - it was a triumvirate that basically led to the perfect storm in the creation of the Champawat notoriety.

Huckelbridge writes out a very convincing case of why the tiger became what she was. It's interesting and heartbreaking, and
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Katrina
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5

Wasn't quite sure what to expect going into No Beast So Fierce, but I certainly didn't come away disappointed. Huckelbridge clearly thoroughly researched the subject matter before committing pen to paper, and she writes in an informative as well as engaging style.

I feel what could have easily turned into a much more sensationalistic colonial adventure story under another author was handled with a lot more care and balance than I expected given the content matter. The b
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Koen
Of course i was going to like this book; natural history, colonial history, ecology and a man eating Bengal tiger claimed to have killed 436 people at the start of the 20th century.

Huckelbridge did an outstanding job telling and researching this story. A story like this is not just a story about a tiger attacking humans. Changing habitats, political and societal changes it all is part of the Champawat Tiger story.


Susan Gallagher
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very engaging story. Well written, well researched.
Would have given 5 stars had there been just a wee bit more about this one tiger in particular, and less about tigers in general. I just wasn't expecting that.
Ray Palen
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read my review next week on bookreporter.com.
Kitty Moore
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, engaging, with a climactic ending that gave me goosebumps.
Christian
I found this on a list called “Nonfiction that reads like fiction.” In truth, it’s much more gripping than it would be if it were fabricated.

But there actually was a tiger that hunted humans and killed 400+. And one guy was called on to stop it.

The author does a great job fleshing out more than what I just outlined. The story is nuanced and rich and well told. Worth the read.
Troy Baumann
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fascinating story crushed to death by poor writing. Referring to the Bengal Tiger as the "Middle Linebacker of the animal kingdom" was the death knell.
Gary Thrower
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had high hopes for this book about the deadliest animal in history but was left disappointed by a poor structure to the book. Most of the story is not about the tiger, the author repeats himself throughout the book and uses language that no-one uses.
Amy
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
NF
254 pages

Wow! Love the tiger. Their power, their cunning,
their beauty, their teeth, but I wouldn't want to
live near them.
Mike
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The book has some good material. I have read about James Corbett in the past and have read short accounts of the Champawat tiger, the Lions of Tsavo and some of the other cats mentioned in this book. The parts of the book dealing with the hunt for the cat were a bit short and a bit disappointing. The background information about the history of Nepal and northeastern India was well written and interesting as was the background information on the British occupation of India. The information on the ...more
Kim
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may be in the minority, but I am on the side of the tiger in this heartbreaking, yet fascinating, book. The Champawat Tigress killed and ate more than 450 people in Nepal and India in the early 1900s; here, we learn how injury, colonization and habitat loss likely led to the creation of this fearsome man-eater. No Beast So Fierce is an amazing cautionary tale on how we bring about deadly consequences with our foolhardy insistence on 'civilizing' colonized lands by clearing the wild jungle and ...more
Debra Branigan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the gripping true story of the Champawat tiger that likely killed over 400 people in Nepal and India in the early 1900's, and the legendary hunter, Jim Corbett, who finally killed him. The writer creates a thrilling nonfiction account that viscerally describes the animal and their attack mode as well as methodically explaining the natural and man-made forces that contributed to the creation of the man-eater. The book finishes with the thrilling final hunt. I received this free in place o ...more
Jackie
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not like this, but I will attempt to explain what I didn't like about it, so that you can make your own informed decision. TLDR: How could a story about something so cool be so boring??

I think this was attempting to go for something along the lines of The Lost City of the Monkey God, a mix of narrative nonfiction paired with broader context in terms of the regional geography and history. It didn't really achieve that, in part owing to a somewhat too holistic approach. His research was obviously
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Dane Huckelbridge was born and raised in the American Middle West. He holds a degree from Princeton University, and his fiction and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Tin House, Literary Hub, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The New Republic. His debut novel CASTLE OF WATER was published by St. Martin's Press in 2017, and his book NO BEAST SO FIERCE was published b ...more
“this brazen Panthera tigris tigris hunted Homo sapiens on a regular basis across the rugged borderlands of Nepal and India in the early 1900s with shocking impunity and an almost supernatural efficacy. In the end, its reported tally added up to 436 human souls—more, some believe, than any other individual killer, man or animal, before or since.” 0 likes
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