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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant.. Tiger kills poacher. Blood and guts ecology: what we all secretly watch nature shows for. Reads like a thriller.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Deep in the frigid Siberian wilderness, an Amur tiger hunts. Fearsome strength is at the command of a calculating mind that relentlessly stalks its newest prey: man. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the taiga, John Vaillant provides an unforgettable true account of a lethal collision between man and beast in a remote Russian village during the late 1990's. At its core, The Tiger is the story of a desperate poacher who picked the wrong tiger to accost. Yet it engages the reader on political, socioeconomic, and conservation fronts in order to explain how the stage was set for a deadly showdown. It's a gutsy approach that could easily lead to chaotic storytelling, but Vaillant is careful to keep the bone-chilling storyline taut by capturing the intensity of an animal worthy of our greatest respect and deepest fears.."

Amazon.com

"Magnificent. . . . Suspenseful. . . . The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator.."

San Francisco Chronicle

Author bio: John is a non-fiction author and journalist who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has lived in Vancouver for the past thirteen years. His first book, The Golden Spruce, won the 2005 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. It dealt with the felling of the Golden Spruce or Kiidk'yaas on Haida Gwaii by Grant Hadwin. His 2010 work, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is about a man-eating tiger incident that happened in the 1990s in Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky Krai, where most of the world's Amur tigers live. It is a mixture of investigative journalism, social history, geography and natural writing. The Tiger won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for 2010, and Globe and Mail Best Book for Science 2010. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Vaillant

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; 329 pp. Eco-detection: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

Publisher Website: http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/

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