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R. J. Leahy


Title: Tigra
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military

Type: Novel
Page Count: 321
Size:  6x 9 inches
Cover: Color, Art
Illustrations: none

Publisher: Zumaya Otherworlds
ISBN: 978-1-934135-21-1

Other Books In Series:
    The Obsidian Seed

R. J. Leahy's Tigra Reviewer, "Bob"

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The Chief Editor, "Bob"

Captain Jeena Garza is more than just career military; until the age of thirty her service is her life. She is an officer in the Star Corps and a member of an elite SAG unit in the Union forces, but all that changes when she is taken prisoner by enemy Coalition forces. Abused and violated for months at a prison on Mizar 3, a Union raid on the facility allows her to escape, stealing a smuggler's transport amid the confusion.

Plotting a course to Earth, Jeena instead ends up on planet Ararat, a zed-tech rated colony world populated officially by two diametrically opposed groups of religious extremists. The Babylonians just wish to be left in peace to practice their openly sensual beliefs; the Afridi—an extremist group of Judaslam—lead by Jacob and a militant force called the Rosh-dan want to convert the infidels…and appropriate their land, not to mention the whole of the planet.

But Ararat has many secrets, as does Jeena, not the least of which is Samson, a tigra cub she has raise since killing his mother in self-defense, teaching him language and self-awareness. Little does she know that Samson and his kind are all that remain of an advanced civilization that had once populated the planet. Soon Jeena and Samson are caught up in a religious jihad that will not only decide the fate of a planet, but completely alter the perception of the universe.

Overall, Tigra is an enjoyable read set in a complex universe with a wealth of diverse characters to populate it. However, while I found this novel engaging and fairly well written, there are some aspects of it that detracted from my focus. Primarily, the sharp delineation between the cultures, particularly in the way the dialects were depicted, was jarring when you had representatives of two or three groups interacting. More cultural diversity in the societies and the day-to-day existence that was the backdrop for the storyline would have been appreciated as well; occasionally—primarily in the beginning of the work—individuals or groups came across as somewhat two-dimensional. However, the skill of the author is such that the plot of the story engaged me and carried me along past any minor annoyances in the story.

I would recommend this as a casual read with a score of 7.5 out of 10. The military aspects of the novel were well-depicted, if a little one-sided at times, showing some understanding of the military mindset, procedure, and strategy.


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