The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4) by David Gibbins

The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4)

Two ancient cultures, a lost treasure from the distant past: what powerful secrets does it conceal—and how far will some go to possess them? Dive into a new full-throttle hunt from master of the action-adventure thriller David Gibbins, as he unleashes… The trail starts in the Roman ruins and leads to a shipwreck off the coast of Egypt. Soon the world’s top marine archaeologist, Jack Howard, and his team of scientific experts and ex-Specia...

Details The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4)

TitleThe Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4)
Release DateJun 23rd, 2009
PublisherBantam Books
GenreThriller, Adventure, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4)

  • Richard Gazala
    David Gibbins' novel, The Tiger Warrior, reveals the author is an intelligent, educated and worldly man. The novel brims with historical and archaeological facts and theories spanning in time and place from the birth of the unified Chinese empire in 221 BCE to Caesarean Rome to British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent to present day Afghanistan. Most of these facts and hypotheses are intriguing, and all are patently the result of Gibbins'...
  • Patrick Gibson
    Why do I do it? This is my third book by David Gibbons—and I like them less and less. I keep thinking: a real archaeologist writing an adventure novel, how perfect. If I were smart enough I would BE an archaeologist. I also want to be Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin. So what’s the problem? He’s a good writer—what don’t I like? Um . . . how about ‘boring?’ You can’t just throw in a ton of facts and expect them to be interesting. Besides, ...
  • Marla
    I liked this one the best, after the very first one(cause really, after Atlantis everything would be downhill). It had things that I disliked from the other books so I'll try not to be negative and go into them again. =)There were flashbacks to two different time periods and I wouldn't mind reading more, fuller, stories about those time periods. Though the characters do pretty much piece together what happened(somewhat annoyingly, okay, so I went...
  • Kirsten McKenzie
    I wanted to like this book but couldn't get into it. It had everything I normally love - Roman history, the culture of India, archaeologists, etc etc etc. But it didn't grab me. The flicking backwards and forwards between past and present felt forced, and the conversations stilted.Some people may love it, but it wasn't for me, and life is too short to force yourself to finish books you don't love when there are so many good books out there waitin...
  • Liz Mandeville
    The Tiger Warrior is one part mystery, one part historical narrative, one part buddy adventure and gives a great deal of romance to what might otherwise be the dry, meticulous life of the career archeologist. Despite some threat of violence, menace and danger, The Tiger Warrior contains a good dose of levity between the characters and a bit of family dynasty building, as the protagonist is following in the footsteps of his great grandfather and i...
  • The Cats Mother
    This is written by an archeologist who writes books, rather than a novelist, and it shows. It's about a marine archeologist called Jack (aren't all heroes nowadays?) who travels to various exotic locations to uncover a mystery surrounding some roman legionaries and a chinese emperor, and his own ancestor. There's a shady enemy in the background, with fairly impausible motivation, the Tiger Warrior himself, and what looks like a romance in there w...
  • Kim
    I definitely didn't enjoy this one as much as The Last Gospel but it wasn't a bad book. Far less action than in others and the ending was pretty crap. Felt like nothing was resolved at all. This book was really more about the author wanting to fictionalize one his ancestors and tie his family to some great part of history. On the positive side it fired my interest in India and has lead me to plan a trip there this year.
  • Brittney Tyler
    Star Rating: 5 starsNote: This is the 4th book in the Jack Howard series so this will not be an in-depth review. Growing up, I always dreamed of becoming an archaeologist (I still do, although I don’t think it will be possible with my anxiety.), mostly due to my love of ancient history and my desire to touch articles of history with my bare hands. Due to the fact that I am riddled with anxiety so bad that I have trouble leaving my room, the Jac...
  • M. Sprouse
    If you're thinking about reading this book and don't like history or care for archaeology and only want a implausible thrill ride, then don't read this book. I have a feeling these are the readers who gave the poor ratings. This was my first David Gibbins book and I have to say it was fairly impressive. That is especially true when I have to admit I've become a little burnt-out on the archaeology-thriller genre. Ten or Twenty years ago I read the...
  • Janice
    If I remember correctly, this is the first book in this series that I actually picked up. Then I had to go find the first three and read them to get back to this point. Was it worth the effort? Um... more-or-less. I think I enjoyed the previous books a little more, but this one wasn't bad. The only real issue is one I've had with the series as a whole (and it's endemic to the genre), and that's the leaps of logic that are required to get from poi...
  • Zoë
    I enjoyed it more than the first Jack Howard I read and I think I figured out why: The main character(s) are actually wrong for once in this book - even if it truly is only once - when their theory is not the exact, word-for-word scenario that actually happened. And it was such a relief. The flashback chapter set in India also had some really nice atmospheric writing.It's still not entirely my cup of tea, but if you're any good at suspending disb...
  • Breena
    I'm really enjoying this whole series. This book bounced between telling, briefly, the story from the ancient perspective to current day. There was a lot of geography and references to historical places, people, and cultures. I always read the added chapters at the end were Gibbons explains what was historical and what he chose to vary from. Its a different style than I've read from Gibbins. I enjoyed it.
  • Helene
    A good mix of present day & historical thriller.
  • Barbara Bewick
    If you enjoy history with a modern twist, then you will enjoy this saga
  • Sara Bishop
    light fun read,
  • Jeff Dickison
    A fair archaeological book, but nothing great. The story is a little confusing as it keeps jumping around in time and in the end their is no real ending. Recommended only to Gibbins fans.
  • Bookbear
    I found this book somewhat boring, going gradually down the slope until the boring end. I actually liked the short and few parts about the great-great-grandfather more, than the rest of the book.
  • Elizabeth
    about the author:Canadian-born underwater archaeologist and novelist. Gibbins learned to scuba dive at the age of 15 in Canada, and dived under ice, on shipwrecks and in caves while he was still at school. He has led numerous underwater archaeology expeditions around the world, including five seasons excavating ancient Roman shipwrecks off Sicily and a survey of the submerged harbour of ancient Carthage. In 1999-2000 he was part of an internation...
  • Soho_Black
    My wife and I have been reading through David Gibbins' Jack Howard series thanks to our local library. It is very much thanks to that library, as we would have felt hard done by had we paid money for any of these books, and I was amused to note one of the later books on my brother's bookshelf recently and he was not happy he had actually paid for the book. Neither my wife nor I have been overly impressed with any of Gibbins' novels, but she turns...
  • Heidi Angell
    Good:David Gibbons is a trained archaeologist. There is so much fact (or at least, supposition based on evidence throughout history) in this book that it is really thrilling to read. His details of the Koya people of India, and the Pashtun people of Afghanistan, were fascinating to read. The basis of the adventure, the possibility of Roman soldiers being captured as slaves, and moving into Asia along the Silk road and then becoming mercenaries; i...
  • Phil Leader
    The Tiger Warrior follows archaeologist and adventurer Jack Howard as he follows a tantalising clue that perhaps some escaped Roman legionaries had found themselves pitched against the bodyguard of the First Emperor of China and one had taken refuge in the jungles of India.This might sound far-fetched but Gibbins knows his archaeology and comes up with a plausible (if tenuous) story to make this work. The story is then taken up at the end of the ...
  • Josh
    I can not for the life of me figure out why it takes me so long to read a novel by David Gibbins. They aren't poorly written, overly dull, or off-topic from what I usually read. I just seem to read his books during periods of time when I find myself incredibly busy with outside events. Having said all that, I did like the book which is a departure from the three previous novels in this adventure series. The main character, Jack Howard, is a marin...
  • Linn
    I haven’t finished it yet, but it seems to be a nice book, just like the other ones. However, the prologue is a bit long, and at times I didn’t really stay put. Once I started the reading, the main chapters that is, it suddenly started to become more interesting. For some years now I’ve been really fascinated in the Eastern Asian history and culture, so this book has been good just cause of that. Sure, loads of it is speculation and just pu...
  • Paul Doyle
    The story was decent. I guess that is why I got back to these even as they frustrate me. The concepts are good, and there is even some good, like the background written as flashbacks. But the dialogue continues to turn into lectures: "Rembember when in profesor so and so's class""Oh yeah,...." for the next several pages. There are other ways to get that same message across.A few other comments:Note to David Gibbins' editor. It is not necessary to...
  • Stephen
    I've read other reviews of this book and some rated this book very poorly. Everyone is welcome to his opinion, but for me I like the flow of The Tiger Warrior. I like the amount of history and legend that is put into the book. Gibbins continues to lure in his audience and keep it enthralled as he weaves a web of history and myth. The Tiger Warrior takes our hero away to the East. He looks into the possibility of a grave robbery of the very first ...
  • K.
    Look, the premise for the story is great. Lost Roman legion ends up in China as slaves, but eventually escape and make it as far as India? Pretty awesome. But the execution was never quite there for me. It was trying to tie three different stories together - the Roman legion, Jack Howard's ancestor in late 19th century India, and Jack Howard in the present - and didn't really deliver on any of them. There was far too much description and very lit...
  • Dorian
    On the plus side, this is a much better book than the risible Atlantis, which is why it merits a second star. It's still about unlikely one-dimensional characters pursuing implausible plots, but that's to be expected in this genre. The characters might be the biggest failing of this novel. They are just not engaging in any way. The background and archaeology are interesting, the more so for being a less well known story than the Atlantis legend. ...
  • Anne
    I wish I had never picked up this waste of paper.I may have liked it if I had read the first books, but I sincerely doubt it. It was so technical, details about this gun and this piece of equipment, that I kept losing my focus and had to reread pieces multiple times to even grasp the basics. The details about some vague historical thing made it so unbearable at times, that I just wanted to throw the book. I would have if it weren't borrowed from ...
  • Wayne
    Two ancient cultures, a lost treasure from the distant past: what powerful secrets does it conceal.Soon the world’s top marine archaeologist, Jack Howard, and his team of scientific experts and ex-Special Forces adventurers are pushing their way through the mysterious jungles of India, following in the footsteps of a legendary band of missing Roman legionnaires. Dive into a new full-throttle hunt from master of the action-adventure thriller Dav...
  • Kyle
    A book that claims to cross the best of Indiana jones and Dan Brown should be exciting, and this book was decidedly not. I only got through the first 150 pages or so, so perhaps it picks up, but I just couldn't finish it. The characters fell flat, the writing was repetitive, and the awkward photographs made it seem like the author couldn't do his job in describing the scene to the readers. I gave it two stars for the potential to become interesti...