Find all the books, read about the author, and more. . The story of Jim Corbetts hunt of the Champawat man-eater was reasonably interesting - it just took almost half the book to get there, through long detours about Nepalese and Indian history framed by tigers. Max wants to rid himself of his former criminal life and go straight. "Where's the beef" (or in this case the tiger)? He holds a degree from Princeton University, and his fiction and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Tin House, Literary Hub, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The New Republic. Skip to main content.ca Hello, Sign in. Three legal thrillers priced as one and filled with intrigue, deceit, and dangerous games. One instant you are standing at the edge of the woods and the next the tiger is already sprinting away with another victim in its mouth. Huckelbridge tells the story of the Champawat Tiger, a creature estimated to have killed more than 400 people in Nepal and India over a span of about a decade at the beginning of the 20th Century. We’d love your help. I think this book makes a compelling argument for humans being the most savage species, as Shakespeare said so well: I only know a slight bit of information about the Champawat Tiger. Dustin Hoffman bought the film rights to No Beast So Fierce, and in 1978 the book was made into the feature film Straight Time, in which Bunker also had his first role as an actor. Who is most likely to kill by poison? A full complement of military elephants was essential for”. Incorporating a wide ranging investigation into the history of the area, the book considers how and why this particular tiger turned man-eater, while attempting to explain the wider pattern of tiger attacks right up to the present day. Nor was it due to his research into the possible causes of tigers changing their hunting techniques due to injuries by careless humans, shrinking prey herds and environment which has brought the large cats to the brink of extinction. The Hindus revered the tiger, many of the Gods they worshiped were pictured on or with a tiger. The tigress was eventually shot and killed by Jim Corbett outside the town of Chumpawat in May of 1907. No Beast So Fierce. The author presents a lot of scenarios in a play by play manor, even telling what people are thinking and then at the end will say roughly "I'm guessing something like this happened at some point". This just isn't doing anything for me. The narrator ruined the book for me , sounded like a 50’s late night tv ad pitch , eventually a few chapters in he could not keep up the inane voice.   The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was because the ending is non-conclusive. Over emoted, over articulated. One instant you are standing at the edge of the woods and the next the tiger is already sprinting away with another victim in its mouth. DNF'd 35%. It examines the likely history of the tiger - where it was born, and what happened to turn it into such a prolific predator. Huckelbridge’s masterful telling also reveals that the tiger, Corbett, and the forces that brought them … The Jim Corbett National Park in India is named in his honor. Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020. But tensions between Max and his parole officer cause him to over the edge and abandon a 'normal life' and returns to his former life of crime. Released after 20 years in prison, ex-con Charlie Sundstrom (Bailey Chase) returns to his home town to find that his estranged son, who has disappeared into the criminal underworld, is being hunted by a ruthless gang leader. Maybe I'll revisit this interesting topic from another author in the future but I wont be picking this back up. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. If I think tigers deserve their habitat more than the human plague spreading across the world, will I still enjoy this book? . The Witness Tree: A Southern Noir Mystery (Herbert and Melancon), Diana Christmas: Blackmail, Death and a British Film Star (Screen Siren Noir), The Deep Lonely: A Ty Johnson Story (Ryan Lock). His debut novel CASTLE OF WATER was published by St. Martin's Press in 2017, and his book NO BEAST SO FIERCE, a National Indie bestseller, was published by HarperCollins in 2019. NO BEAST SO FIERCE was just an incredibly engrossing and captivating book. The STORY itself was much better, told with respect . Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2012. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Chilling. We follow a man called Max Dembo who has just been released from jail on parole. “this brazen Panthera tigris tigris hunted Homo sapiens on a regular basis across the rugged borderlands of Nepal and India in the early 1900s with shocking impunity and an almost supernatural efficacy. DESCRIPTION: 'No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity' - Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2 An angry and mercilessly suspenseful novel about an ex-con's attempt to negotiate the Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2016. Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018. Incorporating a wide ranging investigation into the history of the area, the book considers how and why this particular tiger turned man-eater, while attempting to explain the wider pattern of tiger attacks right up to the present day. The deadliest animal of all time meets the world's most legendary hunter in a classic battle between man and wild. Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders. France has Jean Genet, Papillon, and a kit bag of other awesome cons, ex-cons and even secret cons. Please try again. Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2017. I will read all of Bunker's other works! Start by marking “No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Man-Eater in History” as Want to Read: Error rating book. [Edward Bunker] Home. Edward Bunker takes the reader down a dark path indeed, and every word of the narrative feels authentic. The reason I gave it two stars was not due to the massive research that Huckelbridge managed to do into not only the history as well as the victims of the Champawat tiger but into other large cats that considered humans easy prey in India, Nepal, Russia and other locales. No Beast So Fierce is much more than a cautionary tale of the Man-Eater of Champawat, a Royal Bengal tiger responsible for hundreds of deaths in Nepal and India, or, of Edward James Corbett, the legendary hunter who shot and killed the big cat in 1907. I had no idea of how efficient a killing machine tigers are and how many people they have killed over the years. Finally, the. Bill Gates, tech pioneer, co-founder of Microsoft, and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an avid reader who people follow... A true account of the deadliest animal of all time, and the hunter on its trail. Yes, you will enjoy this book. Even Chu Feng felt a wave of achiness from his fist, and it was as though the punch didn’t land on the head of the Fierce Beast, but rather landed on a copper and iron wall. Although, reading this book, I can imagine in those moments when Jim killed the Champawat Tiger that it was with some remorse and respect for the beast. Dane Huckelbridge was born and raised in the American Middle West. Dane Huckelbridge was born and raised in the American Middle West. It's tough, visceral, pulls no punches, and gives an all-too-real picture of what it must have been like to live as a professional criminal during this time in the United States. I won this book in the first reads giveaway. Nor was it due to his research into the possible causes of tigers changing their hunting techniques due to injuries by careless humans, shrinking prey herds and environment which has brought the large cats to the brink of. I also liked how the political changes and of course of colonization and the detrimental effect on the people and tigers of this region. If you collect the best material of every crime novel that you have ever read & put it together, you will get 'No Beast So Fierce' To be honest, when I think of "deadly" animals; the Champawat Tiger is not one that makes the top ten list. There's a sadness to it all, for those affected by desperate tigers and for the animals themselves, pressed into ever closer contact with humans. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published No Beast So Fierce is an incredibly well-told first person crime fiction novel. Over 2000 pages of thrilling murder & mystery that will keep you turning pages. Oozing tension & authenticity out of every pore, No Beast So Fierce is without doubt the best crime thriller I have ever read. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. However, after reading this book it is right up in the top animals of the world. It also seemingly was the destiny for the main character in this book Max Dembo who we meet while he is inside awaiting release on Parole, The story of Jim Corbett’s hunt of the Champawat man-eater was reasonably interesting - it just took almost half the book to get there, through long detours about Nepalese and Indian history framed by tigers. Based on his own experiences in prison, Edward Bunker first drafted No Beast So Fierce in the 1950s, while incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison. “That when it comes to truly behaving as a beast — to killing wantonly and without reason — it is our kind, not theirs, that is the fiercer of the two.”, Written in an engaging style, this is primarily an extended journalistic piece on the life and times of the Champawat tigress. Brilliant, engaging, with a climactic ending that gave me goosebumps. The Second Book of Jobe runs concurrently with this story. Please try again. About this Item: Oldcastle Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2008. In this book, Huckelbridge makes that case that it wasn't just one thing that went wrong - it was a triumvirate that basically led to the perfect storm in the creation of the Champawat notoriety. Very engaging story. This is the tale of the Chumpawat man-eater, a tigress that was responsible for killing 436 people in northern India and Nepal between 1900-1907. No, it isn't a pro hunter book. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. It examines the likely history of the tiger - where it was born, and what happened to turn it into such a prolific predator. The siege engines of the day, a fully armored elephant with spikes mounted on its tusks and a fortified howdah tower on its back could also function like a Sherman tank. The true story of a Bengal tiger that killed over 400 people in Nepal and India a little over 100 years ago. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. No Exit Press; UK ed. Tigers are not known to be "man-eaters", as a general rule, unless something has gone VERY wrong. I bought No Beast So Fierce and was really excited to read it, remembering how much my little brother had loved reading The Ghost and The Darkness. Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017. To see what your friends thought of this book. Prime Cart. 'No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity' - Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. NO BEAST SO FIERCE was just an incredibly engrossing and captivating book. The information about No Beast So Fierce shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Charlie enlists the help of a rogue corrections officer (Dylan Baker), to … It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I had no idea of how efficient a killing machine tigers are and how many people they have killed over the years. One of the fascinating things I noticed was how colonialism resembles a more brutal version of gentrification, replacing physical violence with economic violence. Edward Heward Bunker (December 31, 1933 – July 19, 2005) was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon and an actor.He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. Corbett worked diligently to help establish preserves where the tiger would be forever safe and protected. . Paperback. Edward Bunker died in 2005 and another novel, Stark, was discovered in his papers. Over the next few decades, Corbett became famous for his skill in tracking down man eating tigers and leopards. An unforgettable tale, magnificently told, No Beast So Fierce is an epic of beauty, terror, survival, and redemption for the ages.--JIM DEFELICE, #1 bestselling coauthor of American Sniper and author of West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express See 1 question about No Beast So Fierce…, No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, Bill Gates Picks 5 Good Books for a Lousy Year. Max Dembo finds the life of a paroled con is not as free as he would like. Everyone at Walnut Grove School tease the boy, except for James. A 'man-made disaster'. Of the various species of tigers, the one that is represented here is the Royal Bengal tiger, a creature of nursery rhymes and nightmares. Incarcerated off and on throughout the next two decades, Bunker was still in jail when his first book, "No Beast So Fierce", was published in 1973. 71 likes. But this pulse-pounding narrative is also a nuanced story of how colonialism and environmental destruction upset the natural order, placing man, tiger and nature on a collision course. This is a man who is hardened and professional and remorseless. Refresh and try again. An angry and mercilessly suspenseful novel about an ex-con's attempt to negotiate the "straight world" and his swan dive back into the paradoxical security of crime. Memoirs of bad guys are fun, but normally really clunky and one-dimensional in the reading - not this, though. Chilling. I'd recommend this wholeheartedly. I can only give 3 stars, because the real beast , so fierce it causes death by the hundreds and thousands is not tigers, at all. by William Morrow. Sorry for the bad pun... A fascinating history of a man-eating tiger and the wider history of how humans encroaching on tiger territory lead to this tragedy with 436 dead humans and one dead tiger. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Or is it a pro-hunter story? One part pulse-pounding thriller, one part soulful natural history of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, No Beast So Fierce is Dane Huckelbridge’s gripping nonfiction account of the Champawat tiger, which terrified northern India and Nepal from 1900 to 1907, and Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter who pursued it. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. I was initially wary of reading this because I love the John Vaillant book so much but this won me over with its insistence on looking at the influence of the loss of habitat, prey, and colonialism on the tiger's behavior. Edward Bunker's "No Beast So Fierce" is a much-rated piece of crime writing, and for most of the time you can see why. However, after reading this book it is right up in the top animals of the world. Although, reading this book, I can. The seminal battle between Jim Corbett and the Champawat Tiger stands as an epic encounter of the ages. It's clear that the research is both detailed and extensive, but the language and style often veer towards sensationalism, especially. Able to achieve speeds of up to twenty miles per hour, and covered with a hide that could absorb dozens of arrows and musket shots alike, a trained war elephant was more than capable of breaking even the most stubborn of enemy lines, trampling infantry and skewering cavalry horses on its bladed tusks. He currently lives in Paris, France, although he comes back to New York whenever he can. An angry and mercilessly suspenseful novel about an ex-con's attempt to negotiate the "straight world" and his swan dive back into the paradoxical security of crime. The reason I gave it two stars was not due to the massive research that Huckelbridge managed to do into not only the history as well as the victims of the Champawat tiger but into other large cats that considered humans easy prey in India, Nepal, Russia and other locales. There was a problem loading your book clubs. I enjoyed learning about the history of the area and how it and the inhabitants and how they lived changed through the years. Very realistic crime story and basis for the film "Short Time". It was released on 2009-02-08. This is a serious criminal. Condition: New. Finally, the book tells the tale of Jim Corbett, the Indian-born Englishman who eventually stalked and killed the killer. Search. Over emoted, over articulated. An evil killer spiraling out of control. An intimate and scary slice of life. The very title of this book is completely deceptive and I don't recommend this one to anybody. I was initially wary of reading this because I love the John Vaillant book so much but this won me over with its insistence on looking at the influence of the loss of habitat, prey, and colonialism on the tiger's behavior. edition (February 5, 2008). The Hindus revered the tiger, many of the Gods they worshiped were pictured on or with a tiger. His debut novel CASTLE OF WATER was published by St. Martin's Press in 2017, and his book NO BEAST SO FIERCE was published. It also studies the political and social conditions in the area that contributed to the tiger’s reign of terror, the most obvious of which is British Imperial rule. He spent the next two decades in and out of jail, writing essays for various magazines and working on the novel, which was finally published in 1973. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. 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