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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Carmel Coast Publishing Enterprises (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616232064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616232061
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng is a retired United States Air Force NCO, a blogger, and a freelance political commentator. This is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles.

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I am a retired United States Air Force/USAFR NCO, a freelance writer and a Social Media Consultant for a publishing company. "Tale of the Tigers" is my first novel. I live in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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Characters were well developed.
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This was one of the best Ir stories I have read with true love coming through with all of lifes obstacles and truth in peoples views.
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It will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Schloss on June 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I found "Tale of the Tigers" truly fascinating, to be honest. I normally don't have much time to read for leisure any more, but I lost a good amount of sleep staying up too late over several nights to finish this, not wanting to put it down. The book is well-written and an easy read: character development is solid, story line is smooth, and transitions are logical.

This will perhaps put me in a bad light, but as I've grown older, maybe I've gotten myself into a bubble of ignorance over the years; I honestly didn't think race relations -- including inter-racial dating -- were still at the level of acrimony portrayed here. I remember as a young teenager growing up in Florida (not as bad as Alabama, Mississippi, et al, but still "the South"), one of my first "non-platonic" love interests was a black girl who lived nearby in our almost all-white apartment complex. The looks, comments, and general vitriol I got -- from both kids and adults (including my dad once he found out) -- as I awkwardly pursued the young lady surprised me even then. I simply didn't get it. Ms. Ochieng's novel brought a lot of those memories back, placing it into today's world and making me feel that we as a society are no more advanced in race relations than we were 35 years ago, deep down.

Ms. Ochieng's novel talks about things that perhaps we're afraid to talk about. It will make you think, re-evaluate those feelings that you may have that you don't say out loud. Now that I'm thinking about these things, I have to wonder if we'll ever be able to get past physical differences. Having worked in emergency services now for a lot of years, I can promise that everyone's blood is red, everyone's organs all look the same and are in the same place; the only difference between us, really, is on the outside.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng's "Tale of Tigers" is a thought provoking, entertaining story that explores the subjects of youth, love, hate and mixed race relationships. The writing is fun and smart and the characters are real. I found myself immersed in this tale immediately and couldn't put it down until I'd read every word. I look forward to more from this author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Another Old Navy Chief on August 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book directly from the author's website. The day I received my copy I made the mistake of reading the first page. From that moment I was hooked and I didn't put the book down until I read the last word.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has the rare ability to make me hear her voice when I read her words. She's real and you quickly come to believe the characters in Tale of the Tigers are real.

This book is a morality tale. And that's what our society needs, a bit more morality. If you buy this book I believe you will enjoy it. (NO, YOU CAN'T BORROW MY COPY... I PLAN TO REREAD IT THIS WEEKEND!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By danikat on July 8, 2012
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It appears as though I am in the minority here, but this book was just not for me. I purchased it because the premise seemed good, and the reviews were great. Unfortunately, for me at least, this was not a good purchase. Though the actual writing was good, I found myself bored and skipping pages to get through some portions of the book where there was heavy exposition on history, and opinions on race. While I would consider myself a history buff, I did not purchase this book with the intent of receiving a history lesson, or reading someone's opinions on race relations or black greek fraternities. It seemed to me, the more I read, that the author had a very clear opinion on certain subjects, and she sought to explore them through her characters. And while this is perfectly acceptable, it did alienate me as a reader when I found myself disagreeing with some of those opinions. Additionally, the character of Felice was a hard one for me to get a real feeling for. She was a loner, and she seemed to like that, and perhaps that was why she slept with her friend Vonnetta's (I may not be remembering her name correctly) boyfriend, and never really seemed remorseful about it. The best I could figure was that she slept with him, and the other Taus to protect her other friend but I'm not quite sure how. Given this I wasn't really invested in what happened to her, and found that I didn't much care whether things worked out with her and Kevin at all. All in all, this was a frustrating read for me, and I can't really say that I enjoyed it. Though on the other hand it appears to have really struck a note with some other readers, so kudos for that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Hill on June 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Juliette Akinyi Ochieng's first novel, "Tale of the Tigers," the dreaded word "miscegenation" seems to have fallen into deserved desuetude, but dating remains anything but post-racial. Nor did all the darts come from the other side: "Felice couldn't count the times she had been called black and ugly as a child. Nor could she count the times that, as a young woman, she had been told that she was pretty, to be so dark."

This sort of thing didn't concern Kevin, but then, he was a football star, and people were loath to mess with him - except, of course, for the little matter that he was a white kid, and some people had a problem with the very idea of Kevin and Felice as a couple.

It's a simple tale being told here, but the complexities of race, how we deal with it and how we fail to deal with it, make what could have been a cut-and-dried polemic into an engrossing story, and Ochieng manages a tricky balancing act: she calls out racist behavior, calls it what it is, without feeling compelled to demonize those who behave that way. When attitudes give way to action - well, that comes later in the story.

People who never once in their lives looked longingly at someone of another color may claim not to understand this book. But here's the catch: human relationships are often fraught with peril, and you can substitute a lot of words for "color" - "religion," "social caste," "educational level" - without affecting the truth of the matter. And that's the strength of "Tale of the Tigers": it never takes its eye off the truth.
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