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There are few "can't put down" books. This is one of them.
on July 6, 2003
My copy of Shikar arrived a few days ago and I planned to spend the weekend reading it. I was wrong. I read it straight through. I don't know if Jack Warner has another novel in him, but he already has accomplished more with this one than most who make their living at it.
I only hope Hollywood doesn't ruin it when they make the movie, which I find inconceivable will not be made. Especially since it would seem to be the right role at the right time for Sean Connery as Jim Graham.
One can only suppose it was all those years writing with such skill about reality that enabled him to craft a novel with as much horror as any Stephen King could write, along with a full spectrum of humanity's various specimens, without taking the easy route of creating either monsters or caricatures. Both people and tiger are astoundingly real.
This is not "Jaws" in the Georgia woods. It is the intriguing tale of both animal and man, out of their elements yet still driven to do what they do naturally. Warner's tiger is not some mindless evil, but an almost sympathetic character in his own right. Almost, because you can never break away from what he is doing, must do, to survive.
Here's hoping Shikar becomes the runaway bestseller of the summer, as it should. Then I can tell people it was written by the man who, by example during our years together in United Press International's Atlanta newscenter, taught me far more than I ever learned.