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01 Tiger Wars: The Falcon Chronicles by [Backshall, Steve]
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Filled with action, adventure, predators and peril, this is a must-read (The Sun)

A gripping action thriller (Flipside)

Takes the reader on a vertiginous adventure (Families South east)

This is proper edge-of-the-seat stuff (Times Educational Supplement)

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)

Fast-paced with a serious message (Angels & 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: 1338 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 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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). Detailed in its descriptions of the scene and told with a great sense of adventure while delivering an insight into the characters. Some reviews have said it was too old for the child reading it but my nephew coped easily (aged 7) but if you take the descriptive sense into the build up of the scene and drama it is necessary and well told. Steve has shown he can tell you factual and fiction in equal detail and passion. Brilliant!!
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I'm probably not the target audience for this book being at least old enough to know better but I found the tale of secret martial arts societies and tiger smuggling intrigue fabulous.
The good characters were cool and the bad characters utterly nefarious, just as it should be! The tale ripped along at breakneck speed and was enhanced by a feeling of authenticity about some of the places and the plight of the tigers.
Healthy escapist stuff, I'll read the rest!
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great book its so sad that tigers are killed for medicines that probably dont work. good for ages 8 to 12. he describes the setting very well.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2012
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Inspirational adventurer Steve Backshall began as a writer for `Rough Guides' and he is possibly best known as television presenter for BBC TV's `Deadly 60' relating to searching out predators. He has been on numerous expeditions around the globe and has taken part in various wild life challenges - involving sharks, snakes, hippos, killer spiders etc. and of course - tigers. He is author of factual magazine articles and books on travels and wild life, and `Tiger Wars' is his first work of fiction. As with much of his TV work this is targeted at young adults and appears set to be the first in a series.

`Tiger Wars' was inspired by an expedition to Bhutan in search of elusive tigers when Steve Backshall realised how close to extinction are these magnificent animals. His book is an exciting action packed adventure with conservation and survival messages cleverly interwoven. It is a gripping tale with narrative in a somewhat old fashioned style following the escapes and experiences of a clearly defined hero and heroine, plus obvious villains but with hope that some may reform their ways. As the hero and heroine glibly overcome all odds there are insights to the landscapes of India, Tibet and China, their peoples and cultures. The ending comes rather suddenly, but there are clues to a next novel. It won't take a lot to lift it from 4 to 5-star.
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