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Tiger by the Tail
by John Ringo and Ryan Sear
Publisher: Baen Books


A new addition to the Kildar military adventure series created by John Ringo. Sequel to Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain and Unto the Breach.

After saving America from Middle Eastern terrorists, even Mike Harmon and the Keldara could use a vacation. Of course, the Kildar’s idea of a vacation includes taking down pirates in the Singapore Straits. But when he finds computer chips designed to run nuclear reactors in the pirate booty, Harmon has a new mission thrust upon him–discover how bottom-feeding thieves got their hands on top-secret technology.

The chips are headed for newly democratic Myanmar, a country vital to American interests in the region. Now Harmon finds himself in a desperate race to learn who stole the chips and why. From glittering Hong Kong to the slums of Thailand to the swamps of Myanmar, Harmon and his Keldara team follow a trail of death and deceit across the glittering underbelly of Southeast Asia.

And as the path winds through dark jungle and slave labor camps to the heart of newborn democracy, Harmon must devise a way to prevent the nasty overthrow of a nation’s capital by totalitarian tyrants. But if there’s one thing Mike and the Keldara specialize in, it’s doing what it takes to give freedom a chance.

Published 1/15/2013
SKU: 9781451638561
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Scott on 2/14/2014, said:

I normally like this series, but as someone who's actually been to Hong Kong, I had to knock two stars off for really poor research. For one thing, the "wretched hive" description is at least 20 years out of date. They have been working like gangbusters to fight corruption. Further, he has a Hong Konger character spouting CCP dogma. You'd have to go much higher into the HK administration to even begin to find such a person. Most HKers aren't really over-thrilled with being considered part of China. Third, of course, is the failure to recognize Chinese naming conventions (calling Zhao Cong "Mr. Cong"). Like I said, piss-poor research. I expect better of Mr. Ringo.
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2. Scott on 10/7/2013, said:

Co author obviously never read any of the previous books and the whole plot was implausible in the extreme. I've read and enjoyed almost everything Ringo's written; this thing obviously wasn't written by him and the characters were totally out of character.
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3. Bill on 7/13/2013, said:

Typical Ringo military adventure with plenty of guns and sex.
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4. Kevin on 6/6/2013, said:

Mike is back. The world is changing. This is just a short dip back into Kildar's universe. He doesn't save the world this time. He sets his sights lower. Gets involved in the spy world visits south east asia. Not one of the best but any Kildar adventure is worth reading.
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5. William on 6/6/2013, said:

Could be a lot better - Has great action, and the concept is "valid" in relation to the characters. I thought for a while about why I would only rate it as a "OK" rather than "Really Like" or "Great" - the problem is the character development. When at his best John Ringo does a great job of capturing and showing the internal struggle his characters are undergoing. Some of the scenes with Mike are just not as well developed, you get the impression that he is just "along for the ride" and not emotionally connected to what is happening. In previous books we see his internal battle with anger at women, strong inclinitation to violence, rape, and his pain when the girl he loves dies. That's all missing here. It's still a good action read, but definitely one of the weaker works. Worth the money? Yes, but let's hope he (or is it Mr. Sears) learns how to move forward from here!
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6. Cliff on 4/14/2013, said:

I liked it. I liked it as a 'popcorn' movie type of book. Lots of action and lots of action. No deep thinking on this one. The character development and backstory that were presented in the earlier books is not here but, if you just want to escape for a while, this book is for you
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7. George on 3/27/2013, said:

Not anything close to Ringo / Kildar standards. Given the HUGE body of great work by Mr. Ringo, his books are still an automatic buy for me, but don't buy this one without reading the free chapters first. It does go downhill fron there but at least this one could be dropped from the series with no damage.
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8. Jason on 2/28/2013, said:

I enjoyed this book. Nonstop action. Detailed descriptions of weapons. I usually open up a table on wikipedia and look up the different weapons mentioned in this series, and I like reading it.
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9. James on 2/26/2013, said:

This reads like bad fan fiction. Plot holes, characters out of character... it is just plain bad. I like almost all the John Ringo I've read and even when I didn't like it I considered it high quality work. This is just plain bad.
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10. Andrew on 1/1/2013, said:

Let me start off by saying I've been a big fan of John Ringo's works for a number of years, and I've been a big fan of this series, it was one of my fun guilty pleasure reads. And when I heard about a new book in the series I was excited. However this book doesn't read like a John Ringo novel. I don't know who did what when writing this, but frankly it reads more like a fanfic then anything like the earlier books. There is very little detail on the characters, mostly just name dropping with hardly any progression or feeling. And frankly what character progression was out and out character assassination. In the earlier books we knew Mike was a bad man trying to be good, doing evil things only when needed, in this book it was like he was just doing it for the hell of it. The plotting of the book itself felt odd, it was all action, all the time, which didn't fit the tone of the series, which was wonderfully paced, spacing action with training and character progression. Such a shame, I recommend avoiding this book, just go reread the earlier stuff, it's far more enjoyable.
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