‘The Tiger, A True Story of Vengeance and Survival’ by John Vaillant

Guest Post by Dirk Booy
(It is my honour to introduce my husband who was happy to oblige when I asked him to write a guest post about the book he was reading. Here is his contribution. Thanks Dirk!)

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?   This is the story of The Tiger which takes place in Russia’s far eastern corner – one of the few remaining places on earth where Siberian tigers are still found in the wild.  Its the story of how a wounded tiger purposefully turns on the hunter and with great skill and cunning makes him the prey.  The tiger is then tracked down and destroyed by the main protagonist, but not before we learn the truth of how vengeful the tiger has been.

The book is more than just a story of a man eating tiger.  It is a rich tale of man vs nature that takes place in a truly remarkable wilderness.  It’s a history lesson on predator vs prey, a conservation challenge to an ever demanding world, and finally a social look at how humans have learned to adapt to one of the harshest environments on the globe.

At the end, the reader is left with a sense of awe and respect for the tiger but more so for the people who choose to share their environment with these magnificent creatures.  The book is well written and the author has managed to weave a suspenseful story around a number of thought provoking themes.  Well worth the read!

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