Tigerman Pdf Summary Review By Nick Harkaway

Tigerman Pdf Summary

Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he’s about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money laundering operations, drug factories and torture centres. None of which should be a problem, since Lester’s brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.
Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, internet-addled street kid with a comic book fixation who will need a home when the island dies. When Mancreu’s fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island—and the boy—will need.
From the award-winning author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, Tigerman is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrilling—about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.


Tigerman Book Review

Violet Crumbles

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 5, 2022

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The writing is superb. The way it takes you through thoughts, memory and action is brilliant, evocative, intelligent and wonderfully nuanced. The Sergeant is such a real person. I just loved everything… Well, until the end… which I am still coming to terms with. However, I am beginning to understand the brilliance of even that.

A. Murphy

4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 16, 2016

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This book was unexpectedly, deliciously good. I was not all sure what to expect from the blurb, but I found myself smiling as I read and that is always a good sign.

Harkaway sets up an improbable, more than a little ridiculous, premise of an island scheduled to be destroyed by fire because of the environmental disaster that it has become. Lester Ferris, aka “Tigerman” is the last representative of the British government on the island and really the lone sheriff in town. The plot is involved and complicated in places, but it is a story that plays out with tenderness, surprises and excitement as Tigerman works to solve a murder, adopt a local boy, fall in love and extricate himself from the beauty and weirdness that is Mancreu. There is international intrigue, global politics, petty local squabbles and the individual desire to do the right thing, to triumph and to survive.

This is a fascinating and very different book. The writing is excellent. Definitely give it a try!

D.S. Cahr

4.0 out of 5 stars Really great, and almost exceptional, but always fun
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 20, 2014

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Nick Harkaway has the best imagination in the business. Until the last 40 pages of TIGERMAN, this was the book of the year – so incredibly clever, well written, insightful and brimming with energy and whiz-bang lunacy that most of the time I just sat there in awe, entertained at a ridiculous level. The story of a lonely colonial British NCO on a god-forsaken island in the Indian Ocean who befriends a comic-book loving young boy and tries to uncover the mysteries behind a murder, TIGERMAN is propulsive but deeply introspective, and filled with pop culture references that will warm the heart of the deepest geek but using language that will make the most literate amongst you smile. Without spoiling the book (which is so good, even with my issues regarding the end, that you REALLY should read it regardless of any flaws), I must complain about that ending, which I could see coming several dozen pages before the main character. For someone who is a true master of plot (and of looming apocalypse, as demonstrated in the also highly recommended GONE AWAY WORLD and (especially) ANGELMAKER) the “solution” felt a bit forced, a bit too…shall we say…comic book? In any event, there aren’t too many writers that I will immediately read, whenever their next book comes out – and Nick Harkaway is one of them.

B. Hanes

5.0 out of 5 stars Harkaway’s newest novel is also his best!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 18, 2016

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I have read Nick Harkaway’s previous two books as well (The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker). It has the same wit and humor as his previous books, but this book also starts more quickly and is easier to get into than the other two. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I’ve always enjoyed books with espionage or fantasy/sci-fi elements, and from reading the plot outline, this book did not seem to have either. However, I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover. The characters were developed well, allowing the reader to follow along and feel for them in various parts of the book. Harkaway tried hard in his first two books to fill in so much background that the books dragged; however, this book seems to move much better. Rather that putting the background information at the beginning, it is more interspersed as flashbacks, which makes for a much smoother read.

If you want to give Nick Harkaway a try, this may be the better book to start with, and I think it’s his best overall effort so far. As mentioned, I enjoyed his other two books, but unless you are patient, those books can drag at the beginning. This book moves very well and display’s Harkaway’s writing talents. Enjoy!


4.0 out of 5 stars Post-urban fantasy meets Lord of the Flies
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 10, 2014

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A lawless setting with no hope for the future; a parentless prepubescent boy; a middle aged war veteran at loose ends; an entire fleet of nefarious activity condoned by world powers; and a shadowy king pin of mythic proportion. With mass entropy of the social order threatening, this novel could have been beyond bleak. But instead, Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman resonates with tenderness and respect. Our protagonist is no mere comic book action hero with epic powers. Rather, he is an Honest man who seems surprised by his own willingness to do whatever it takes to protect the hope and innocense of a small boy.

Elsewhere I have compared Tigerman with Louis de Bernieres’ The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts, in that both are adventures in fictitious settings written by British authors with keen wit and even sharper geopolitical insight. But whilst I trully loved and fully recommend de Bernieres’ mystical South American series, Tigerman has so much heart that it stands in a class by itself.

Billy Pilgrim

5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant guy!! This novel is full of Win!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 20, 2014

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Outstanding piece of fiction. There are SF elements but it is mostly about love and courage and using a guise to do what one might not otherwise have access to the threshold of credibility to do. I remember the Twilight Zone when the knick knack salesman on the street sold a customer a pen that leaked and picked winners from the racing form. At the end of the episode he sold the same client a pair of slippery leather shoes and said; “That is what –I– need.” I take my waking slowly and I learn by going where I have to go. NH took me just where I needed to go, this is what –I– needed. I am deeply grateful to the author and cannot recommend it enough. It is a slam-bang riot of a fun-fest and dad is probably smiling and saying to his son what President Whitmore said to David Levinson; “Not bad at all.”

About Nick Harkaway Author of Tigerman Pdf Book

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nick harkaway

Nick Harkaway the Author of Tigerman Pdf Book was born in Cornwall, UK in 1972. He is possessed of two explosively exciting eyebrows, which exert an almost hypnotic attraction over small children, dogs, and – thankfully – one ludicrously attractive human rights lawyer, to whom he is married.

He likes: oceans, mountains, lakes, valleys, and those little pigs made of marzipan they have in Switzerland at new year.

He does not like: bivalves. You just can’t trust them.

Tigerman Pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf (July 29, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385352417
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385352413
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.66 x 1.37 x 9.51 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #770,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #5,461 in Mystery Action & Adventure
  • #9,970 in Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction
  • #38,298 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars    298 ratings

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