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Tigerman [Kindle Edition]

Nick Harkaway
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Gloriously exuberant and entertaining.' Guardian

'A funny, moving and thought-provoking tale ... It's brilliant.' Independent on Sunday

Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. He’s spent a lot of his life being shot at. He has no family, he’s nearly forty, burned out and about to be retired.

The island of Mancreu is the perfect place for Lester to serve out his time – and the perfect place for shady business, too, hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: listening stations, money laundering operations, drug factories and deniable torture centres. None of which should be a problem, because Lester’s brief is to turn a blind eye.

But Lester has made a friend: a brilliant, internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. As Mancreu’s small society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be more than just an observer. He needs him to be a hero.

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"Astonishing ... Graham Greene would have treasured this book ... Nick Harkaway has all the writerly skills to pull it off. His Tigerman lives because of his wit and daring intelligence, and his empathy. Words quiver whenever he writes." Scotsman "Nick Harkaway's novels inhabit a remarkably imaginative territory. He is J.G. Ballard's geeky younger brother, pumped up on steam-punk and pop culture, interested in the effects of modern life on our psyches; he is J.G. Farrell's grandson, poking at the ruins of civilization and seeing what comes out ...Harkaway writes with a precision that belies the fantastical nature of his plots ...Nick Harkaway manipulates and subverts conventions and archetypes. He has created something with all the hallmarks of the craftsmanship that he extols, making Tigerman a sly commentary on authorship and genre; and perhaps more importantly, a fantasia both swashbuckling and glorious." Times Literary Supplement "Nick Harkaway's best novel yet, full of irrepressible adventure, practical vigilantism, an island murder mystery and some terrifyingly credible ideas including the seismic mash-up of chemical waste and unknown bacteria and the chilling no-man's land of the international of waters of the Fleet where anything goes. It's busting with heart and verve. I loved it utterly." -- Lauren Beukes "Harkaway occupies that enviable territory where books of a speculative nature intersect with the mainstream, as evidenced by his previous novels The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker. Tigerman, his third, is his best yet, a funny, moving and thought-provoking tale ... it's brilliant." Independent on Sunday "Extraordinary...The action sequences in Tigerman are some of Harkaway's best. As ever, the writing is economical but lively, revelling in modern idiom...[Has] the cinematic scope and dynamism one has come to expect from Harkaway...The ending of Tigerman is pitch-perfect, thrilling and dramatic." Literary Review

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From the highly acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker comes Nick Harkaway's brilliant new novel about ex-colonies, superheroes and paternal love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What? What can I possibly tell you? I was born in Cornwall. I live in London. I have the best wife imaginable, wonderful kids. My life is presently devoid of those meaningful traumas we're all supposed to believe are the seat of creative energy. I like Italian wine, Swiss skiing, English cheese and Belgian beer, deckled edges, Asian food, and writing. I don't like shellfish. They are yuck. A friend of mine recently told me she can't eat squid any more because squid are sort of charming and friendly, and now I feel guilty about calamari.

I care about things. Random things, unlikely things.

I'm a messy person.

I write on a variety of digital devices of varying antiquity. I like pens and paper, too.

I read widely, not in a very focused way. I retain knowledge in patterns rather than lists.

I really like spa hotels.

I'm not a fan of movies whose central theme is the lack of availability of root crops. This is a surprisingly large genre.

I once accidentally ate my breakfast next to a live tiger.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Goatf***! 23 Sept. 2014
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Nick Harkaway has more imagination in his little fingertip than most authors have in their entire brain. Here, Sergeant Lester Ferris winds down to retirement as the sole representative of the Crown on ex-colony Mancreu, a remote and tiny doomed island in the Arabian Sea. He befriends a street kid, unnamed, and together they witness the brutal murder of a mutual friend, catapulting them into a maelstrom of politics, drug-dealing, revolt and mayhem. Or as Harkaway puts it, "a Total Goatf***".

I loved The Gone-Away World, didn't care for Angelmaker and thoroughly enjoyed Tigerman. It's inventive, humorous and lots of fun. On the downside, there was far too much repetition about Lester's fatherly love for the boy and the way he goes about his plan to adopt the kid doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Also, the big reveal is obvious from a long way off. But other than these quibbles, this is a terrifically entertaining read and I enjoyed casting Lester Ferris for the screenplay. Dominic West, I reckon. Or maybe Jason Isaacs. Either would work for me ;)
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Nick Harkaway's third novel, "Tigerman", concerns itself with the remains of British colonialism in the age of global corporate neoliberalism, fatherhood (and the effects of its absence upon middle aged men), industrial contamination on the grand scale, mutant tomato plants, the stark vulnerability and expendability of the humble foot soldier, offshoring writ large (albeit in invisible ink) and the dire need we have for comic book superheroes in the world today. Readers of this author's earlier books, "The Gone-Away World" and "Angelmaker", will recognise the incongruous mix of ingredients from which he somehow conjures a distinctive and delectable brand of fantasy, which, through its very concoctedness, brings the reality of the true world more sharply into focus.

The quality of Harkaway's writing seems to improve with each new book. In this latest, it is simultaneously more relaxed and more taut than before, the author allowing more time in the narrative for outrageous asides that bizarrely heighten tension by seemingly deflating it at peak moments but never overplaying things or slowing the plot. The book is not entirely without its glitches -- a couple of loose threads here and there; a somewhat ragged and rushed ending -- but what few there are are generally minor, easily forgiven and do not warrant the withholding of any stars from the overall rating.

The book will not be to everyone's taste, but if you're looking for something that scores a full eleven on the weirdness scale and clocks in at onehunnerten pro cent leet on the awesomeness scale of win, this is definitely the book for you. And even if you don't think you are looking for such a thing, the book may still be worth a try because often you don't know what a good thing looks like until it smacks you in the face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enormously entertaining 11 Dec. 2014
“ON THE STEPS of the old mission house, the Sergeant sat with the boy who called himself Robin, and watched a pigeon being swallowed by a pelican.”

The Sergeant himself is on his way to become a local Batman, who as one would have guessed from the title, will be called Tigerman. The boy will remain the boy, though the Sergeant will find a name for him closer to the end of the novel. As a pair, the Sergeant and the boy fight evil of a undefined type, since the source of evil is often uncleared, as it often is if it’s a matter of global politics where good and evil not easily recognizable. As just local people, and on the island of Mancreu everyone is local and alien from somewhere else, the Sergeant and the boy are hardly in need of names. They remain symbols, of a wanderer, wounded and faithful to the Crown, being an army vet, semi-retired, and of a child in need of a proper parent, or so it seems.

The heroes are introduced at the beginning, and the place also plays a significant role in the book. Mancreu has no proper government, being a former colony in post-colonial time when it already doesn’t matter who governs whom. “In theory, of course, the British presence here had been withdrawn three years ago, claims of sovereignty having been yielded to the NATO and Allied Protection Force on Mancreu, NatProMan.” The Sergeant serves here a role of an observer, and there is nothing really to observe, except to keep your routine, eat, talk with the boy. The Sergeant is in position when he just needs to do nothing until the island is liquidated, and the rumors going from the start of the novel have it that the island will be eventually destroyed. There will come Leaving time, and one just ups and goes home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 115% awsomest !! 21 Jan. 2015
By TGriff
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Yes Nick Harkaway is seriously awsomest His third novel is totally different from the second which was equally different from the first The comparison with Graham Greene is justifiable but its Greene on speed as the action crescendoes I do sense Mancreu is something of an allegory for the crazy world we live in permanently on the edge of total disaster with Ferris as a very British Everyman the independent observer who has to get involved for all of the right reasons especially his purely paternal love for the boy The ending was bound to be difficult but I felt Harkaway trod a skilful path between mawkishness and bleakness and I have no complaints A very minor quibble was that a number of interesting characters Dirac Arno and the Witch were rather left high and dry with little involvement in the climax I hope novel 4 is well underway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written action humour and pathos
Strong characters especially the hero. Quirky and humorous but a serious message. Loved the writing. Enjoyed equally by post grad son and retired mother.
Published 1 month ago by s j robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this - great comic book references and a quirky and exciting plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Shane Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars To my mind this is Nick Harkaway's best novel to date by quite a way
I'm surprised at the quibbles expressed about this book in some of the other reviews. To my mind this is Nick Harkaway's best novel to date by quite a way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by McGrooger
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
Good book, gripping by the end. The first 30% is quite a slow set up, and for a long time you don't really realise what it is you are reading about. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss L A Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Nick can't go wrong in my eyes. Hope I don't tempt fate! Prefer style of Angelmaker, but Tigerman is interesting too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dereena
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
rubbish cou;dnt finish it to dull
Published 4 months ago by annice meland and k meland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Davie
3.0 out of 5 stars I have the greatest admiration for Nick Harkaway's writing
I have the greatest admiration for Nick Harkaway's writing, having immensely enjoyed his previous two books, which were inventive, absorbing and well-written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
Bought as a present
Published 7 months ago by skegness
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a long time to get going, but worth it.
By the end I enjoyed it, but it took quite a long time to get going. From the start the writing was excellent and I also enjoyed the scene setting, but the set up phase took so... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. A. Livingstone
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