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Tiger tiger burning bright

You know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller when a 400-odd-page book keeps you in its grip till the very end. That’s the magic of David Gibbins’ latest novel The Tiger Warrior.

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:18 IST
Girija Duggal

Title

:

The Tiger Warrior


Author

: David Gibbins

Publisher

: Hachette India

Price

: Rs 295

You know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller when a 400-odd-page book keeps you in its grip till the very end. That’s the magic of David Gibbins’ latest novel, an adventure-packed tale that spans several millennia and continents, seamlessly combining historical fact and myth with fiction to conjure up a formidable work of prose.

At the centre of the plot is an extraordinary treasure hunt that threatens to awaken a long-forgotten brotherhood, men who’d kill to reach that treasure themselves. The trail, the seeds of which were planted in 2nd century BC China, also holds vital clues to the truth about escaped Roman legionaries during Augustus’ reign, and to the mysterious, life-altering event in Lieutenant Jack Howard’s life in India in 1879, and his subsequent disappearance.

It’s up to archaeologist John Howard, Jack’s great grandson, to unravel the mystery. The search takes him along the ancient Silk Route, from Egypt to the dense jungles in India’s eastern ghats, from dangerous Afghan territory to Lake Issyk-Gul in Uzbekistan.

Gibbins infuses his work with the insight of a man who knows what he’s talking about. After all, he is a highly respected archaeologist, an authority on ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. The reader is transported to ancient Rome and China with as much ease as he is to a remote village in British India and the terrain of modern day Afghanistan. The book tends to drag at some parts, but the plot takes unexpected, thrilling turns at just the right moments, putting readers at the edge of their seat again.

Without a doubt, The Tiger Warrior deserves top spot on your to-read list.