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01 Tiger Wars: The Falcon Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Steve Backshall
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deadly Adversaries. An Impossible Mission. Tiger Wars.

Saker is on the run from the only life he knows. From India to the Himalayas and China he'll be pursued by hunting dogs, mercenaries, spies, thieves and assassins in his quest to set free the most majestic, lethal and valuable of all the predators - the tiger. With him, on every dangerous step of the adventure, is Sinter, a girl who has her own reasons for running away.

Gripping adventure fiction from Deadly TV presenter Steve Backshall, perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Charlie Higson. This is the first adventure in the Falcon Chronicles, filled with intrigue, adventure, exotic wildlife and dramatic locations. As Saker and Sinter rescue tigers or mountain gorillas, thwart shark finners and cyanide fishers, rainforest exploiters and canned hunters, they come face to face with the world's most fascinating, majestic and lethal creatures.

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Steve Backshall's first foray into fiction tells the story of Saker and Sinter. On the run, they find themselves turned into an unlikely pair of eco warriors. Fast paced with a serious message. (ANGELS AND URCHINS)

Exciting to read and vividly brought to life in the dramatic backgrounds of India and China, this is also an important story about protecting wild life. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING4KIDS)

Tiger Wars is an excellent debut. Backshall's pacy narrative carries us with him, educating along the way, and his characters fascinate. This won't be the last we hear from Sinter and Saker. (We Love This Book)

A great adventure story with equal amounts of tigers, wars... and thrills galore! (Daniel Wood (young reviewer) FIRST NEWS)

Backshall has dreamed up a gripping action thriller in the heat of India. The wicked Wolf who's in charge of the plot to nab Saker, makes for an excellent villain and Backshall isn't afraid to show his vulnerabilities either. Of course there's an animal theme here and the message that poaching and making money from beautiful creatures is a bad thing is heartfelt but doesn't get in the way of a gripping adventure. (FLIPSIDE)

Zoologist, presenter, adventurer and now novelist, Steve Backshall is quite a talent... Backshall fills the novel with information about the natural world and the ways humans are conspiring to damage it - unless Sinter and Saker can stop them. But with a packed narrative and pacey language, this series will be welcomed by his growing audience. Indeed though, I received two review copies, I have only one left - my nine year old son won't give the other back. (Tom Jackson BBC WILDLIFE)

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Action, adventure, predators and peril - the first novel by BAFTA AWARD-winning DEADLY TV presenter and wildlife expert Steve Backshall about saving tigers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XNJB4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in 1973, Steve Backshall was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology and was once 'Adventurer in Residence' for National Geographic.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but for older children 23 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like Steve Backshall a lot and my seven year old son, a reluctant reader, is something of a super fan so I was thrilled when this book came out. I was hoping my son would choose to read this book himself but when it arrived it was clearly written for a child with a much higher reading age and so I decided to read it to my son at bedtime.

The plot is fast paced and the concept of The Clan, as a shadowy organisation, is interesting. There are some distressing scenes with animals early on in the book, which my son was fine with but might upset a younger or more sensitive child.

The main reason I have chosen to give this book three stars is that it is torturous to read aloud! Steve Backshall never uses one word when five will do and Tiger Wars suffers from an excess of adjectives. The vocabulary he uses frequently crosses the line from adventurous into obscure and I think any children much younger than 11 or 12 would struggle with the language. It is very over-written and needs a good editor to make it readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut novel for older kids 16 July 2012
By mssmith1 VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I got this for my 7 year old who is a huge deadly 60 fan. As you'll see from the other reviews that talk about the book being a good read for adults, it's not really aimed at the younger reader and I suspect there are plenty of those within the Deadly 60 fan base. The book is pretty well written, and Steve's knowledge of, and love for, the natural world shines through. My little one began to struggle in the middle of the book, and we decided to return to it in a couple of years. Given that experience, I struggle to give it five stars, but from what we read, it was definitely a 4 star, and possibly a 5 star book for older kids.

I would also echo the other reader who suggested going to see one of Steve's talks if you get the opportunity - he is a pretty inspirational bloke, answers questions openly, and a great role model for kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action packed adventure story 2 Sept. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Tiger Wars-is written by Steve Backsall of TV's Deadly 60. The story is set in India and China and is centrered on a young boy Saker, and girl Sinter. Saker has been bought up by a clan, living with nature and trained in survival techniques. On his first mission Saker must capture tigers. Realising this I wrong to threaten a wild creature and he goes on the run taking Sinther with him at first as his hostage but latterly as an ally. The tale is packed with action and adventure and good vs. evil. With Backsall as the author there is little doubt that the descriptions of animals in their natural world will be accurate. The story is mostly written in a sensitive way for children with adversaries being disabled rather than harmed or killed, however sensitive readers might not be inspired to read past the first chapter where in setting the scene an animal gets killed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Save the Tigers 4 May 2012
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For as long as he can remember, Saker has been Clan. He has no parents, no family, no past except that of the Clan, and the teachers who look after them. Raised with other boys his whole life has been spent training - to fight, climb, track, hunt and survive in the wild. But on his very first mission Saker begins to question what the Clan is truly about.

And then they are hunting him.

Sinter lives a privileged life - and she knows it. Her father owns a vast tea plantation in Northern India, but while he clings to the old ways as master of his own small kingdom, Sinter dreams of more, of leaving this all behind and becoming a doctor. Until the day her dream is cruelly taken away. And then she meets Saker.

Crossing the Himalayas from India to China, this action adventure is part story, part travel guide and part survival manual, with a big conservation message running throughout. Saker is the wild boy who turns good, Sinter is the rich girl with a brain, the rest of the Clan are brainwashed heavies, and the bad guys are shadowy, soft-spoken, greedy monsters.

The action starts on the first page, but things settle down (perhaps a little too much) through the middle, and the end is satisfying. I'm a big fan of Steve Backshall (particularly Deadly 60) and it's clear he knows what's he's talking about as he leads this pair on their adventure. I wish he'd spent more time developing Saker and Sinter's personalities, though, since I found them both a bit dull.

An adventure with a message and amazing scenery, it might be a bit of a struggle for those with short attention spans, but budding explorers and confident readers should find plenty to interest them. A solid start to this series, it'll be interesting to see where the adventure heads next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping adventure with bonus learning for 9+ 9 Feb. 2014
I would have loved this as a child! (I loved it as an adult reader, in fact). Packed with thrilling adventure and danger, cleverly underscored with lots of information on wildlife, geography and culture.

The story here revolves around two young main characters: Saker, a boy on the run from a mysterious group known as The Clan, and Sinter, an Indian girl fleeing from an arranged marriage to an older man. Their paths collide and they find themselves as quite unlikely partners working together to save the tigers that Saker was supposed to capture.

The real skill is this book is in its efficient combination of excitement and information. I learnt loads from reading this book – always a gift – and at no point did I feel that the story had stalled to share information with the reader. I was also impressed at the breadth of that knowledge and information – not just on wildlife and conservation (although there is of course plenty of that), but also the kind of geographical and cultural knowledge that only comes from extensive travel with an open attitude.

It promises to be a very boy-friendly series, but that’s absolutely not to say that girls won’t love them too. I know plenty of 8-10 yr old girls who are big Deadly 60 fans, and Sinter sharing the lead role with Saker will definitely increase the appeal to girls as well. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but good stories (especially for children, who can have so few adventures these days) often are and its rootedness in reality certainly helps to counteract this, as do its well-drawn and emotionally realistic characters.

Overall, I am definitely recommending this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good kids book
Published 14 days ago by S. James
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Published 1 month ago by maureen ormes
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed in its descriptions of the scene and told with a great sense...
Fast paced and full of adventure. My nephew was hooked and excited by this. He gave it me to read (as he does with all books he is excited about). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Starbug
3.0 out of 5 stars ???
What I don't get is that the boy is trying to run away from a group of boys and then chasing them!?!?!?!?
Published 3 months ago by Wesley Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Wars - Excellent read!
Was bought for my 11 year old daughter, so I asked her to rate it. She loved the book so much, she's gave it a 5-star rating. Actually, she wanted to give it 10 out of 5! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Backshall and his Hidden Talent
Who thought that Steve Backshall would be such an AMAZING writer! This is an absolutely genius book, one that I will keep reading amd reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Rebecca Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for young kids
Bought for a young fan of some of the TV programmes, but the book is for an older audience
Published 5 months ago by sp
5.0 out of 5 stars Mini eco-warrior must buy
I bought this for my 9 year old son (longtime Steve Backshall fan and avid reader of boys adventure stories). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Qldgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this book looks realy great and I am loking forward to reading it. I love tigers so much so this book is perfect for me.
Published 6 months ago by Miss C Condron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 7 months ago by Aideen Doherty
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