THE HONESTY OF TIGERS
Ken Jackson builds traditional boats in a small Cornish fishing town, where everyone might not have heard everything about everyone else, but if they haven’t, it isn’t for the want of listening. Which complicates matters for Ken, because he has a secret: he’s living his life all over again.
It sounds like a dream come true. He’s got the chance to make things right for his loved ones, and to avoid all his old regrets. But the past is never that simple. Ken’s second life opens his eyes to different sides of people and places, and what’s a man to do when his hopes and dreams and carefully laid plans are ripped apart?
Intriguing, Captivating, Beautifully Written.
I was immediately drawn in by the characters and the setting in this ‘couldn’t put it down’ book…
…I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Full Review Amazon Customer
An unusual concept which David Bridger handles with professional aplomb, keeping his readers guessing and keeping them on the edge of their seats either ranting at Ken Jackson or cheering him on.
I recommend this book as a compelling and fascinating read.
Full Review Sue Roebuck
Bravo, Mr. Bridger, bravo. Truly one of my favorite books of 2016.
Full Review Amazon Customer
The Honesty of Tigers is most definitely a thinking book. It draws you in with beautiful language, a clear love of the sea, and a sense of home, but it’s not just an introspective description of a small Cornish fishing town dying along with the fish. Beyond the lessons each pass teaches Ken, many of which are harsh and reveal his actions to be clothed in help but ultimately selfish, how he revitalizes and redirects his home to save it from dying is wonderful.
Full Review Tales to Tide You Over
Brilliant and unusual. My sister recommended this book and I started to read it on my commute into London. I’m finishing it now at 1am because I couldn’t put it down. The writing is beautiful and the story keeps you guessing. I loved it.
Full Review Amazon Customer
The Honesty of Tigers had me in tears by the end of the first chapter. It was poignant, relatable and wholly true to life.
…The story is labeled as fantasy but I think it has a literary side as it examines Ken’s choices about his new life. I read the whole book in one sitting, turning the pages as fast as I could devour the words on the page.
Full Review Connie Cockrell
I found myself completely immersed in the vivid imagery that Bridger creates. One word at a time, one sentence after the other, he threads it all together like an exquisite tapestry.
I cried at the end of this book – and I haven’t done that in a long time – because it finished exactly how it should have. We end up where we’re supposed to when all is said and done, be it this life or in another.
Thank you for the beautiful read.
Full Review Amazon Customer
David Bridger outdid himself…
Buy this Book. Keep your mind open to the plentiful twists. And enjoy.
Full Review Darla M Sands
I loved this book! The author has a beautiful voice and the descriptions are very well done. His voice and the descriptive terms are so different than anyone else I’ve read.
Full Review MariGirl
I think that’s the best thing David Bridger has ever written. Not only that, it’s the best book by anyone I’ve read for quite some time.
“Thought-provoking” is a clichéd word, but in the days since I first read this I have often found myself returning to it in my mind, exploring possibilities of other endings, wondering what different turns my own life might have taken if I had had the insights this protagonist has, picturing the coastline and the secret places the younger characters discover.
…it will stay with you for a long time.
Full Review Kate M, Devon
The Honesty of Tigers is a beautifully written character-driven exploration of “what if”, and I honestly think it’s the best thing David Bridger has ever written. As Ken’s story repeats in different ways, and as we join him in his search for the perfect life, we start to suspect that the only way forward is to make every possible mistake along the way. It’s an intimate story of one man’s journey, and it’s full of the passion and heartbreak of everyday life when death is just another “reset” button.
Full Review Barb Taub
A multiverse-hopping quest fantasy with big characters, worlds that leak people and creatures and mythologies back and forth, several flavours of diversity, warrior dragons, and abandoned people building families of friends.
Part-time librarian Molly Matthews lives with the painful and exhausting chronic illness ME. The condition has broken every part of her life, except that she has plenty of time to escape into books. Especially her favourite fantasy series, Tamass the Fearless.
And when Molly escapes, she really escapes, because she possesses a rare talent that allows her to enter a book and meet its characters and share their adventures. Molly is a Storywalker.
Novelist Paul Best doesn’t walk in stories, but he’s always been good at making them up. At least, that’s what he believes, until he learns that he’s spent years unconsciously channelling the life of his unknown twin brother Tamass as the hero of his successful series.
When Tamass turns up at Paul’s door one dark and stormy night with murderous demons on his tail, it’s the start of a frantic multiverse-hopping adventure.
And then there’s Molly Matthews, one of Paul’s readers, a woman who is so quietly ill in one world that she’s nearly invisible, but who is seen riding a warrior dragon in other worlds.
A generation ago, the ruthless demon Baron Rake put an end to the snooping of Paul’s and Tamass’s parents into his plans to enslave the multiverse. He is furious when their sons and Molly pick up the investigation again just when he’s about to make his final move.
Separately, and each with the help of friends old and new, Molly and Paul cross worlds that leak people, creatures, and mythologies back and forth, and their paths converge as they fight against impossible odds to save their entire multiverse.
Storywalker is a compelling blend of epic fantasy, tragedy, comedy, and even commentary on events in our modern world while even unrepentant troublemakers can have a change of heart in the right circumstances. I enjoyed my time with Molly and the rest. The book leaves me with a smile and a sense that there is hope even though there were moments of darkness and tears. It is well worth the read.
Full review Tales to Tide You Over
Skillfully weaving ancient mythologies and his own imaginings, David Bridger created a fantastical tapestry with Storywalker. He did not just build a world, though. Rather, he devised an entire universe.
The environments vary much as our modern scientists extrapolate existing on other planets. Yet these unique characters are threaded together via very human foibles and failings, goals and gallantry. And also like real human beings they can surprise the reader, sometimes even themselves.
I found myself fascinated by how many historically recorded myths Mr. Bridger mirrored and/or spun in this one tale. Recognizing many, I sometimes laughed out loud – not at slapstick humor or gross banality but the sheer cleverness. A few puns were delightfully sneaky, clicking into place like puzzle pieces.
Full review Darla M. Sands
If you are an avid reader who likes falling into a fully fleshed out fantasy world, I think you will love this story.
Full Review Maddy Barone
A well-written, engaging story that had me interested from the first page. The character, Molly, and her illness are presented in a believable and enlightening way. It felt, at times, like I was reading my own symptoms and feelings. I got lost in the delightful descriptions of the world that lived alongside ours and loved every part of this book. Highly recommended!
Full Review Joey
Excellent read. I have read many of David’s books and this is among his best so far.
Full Review Chris M
I really liked this book. I especially loved Molly, as someone who retreats into books to cope with illness too, she was a lovely character to read about and spend time with. I’m not normally one for quests that mean lots of travel but its done really well here and we don’t spend much time on the road. I especially loved the way that the history of the worlds intertwine with myths and legends. I mean, the legend of Atlantis and Avalon had to come from somewhere, right? The characters in the story are a diverse bunch and there’ll be at least someone for everyone to connect with.
Full Review Jessica
WILD TIMES SERIES
English carpenter Joe Walker thinks his life is over when he discovers his wife and best friend having an affair. Restoring an abandoned theatre offers little hope for a fresh start…until he follows a group of strangers through a hidden door into a world he never could have imagined.
In the haven known as Quarter Square, Joe encounters a community of supernatural street performers who straddle the mortal world and the magic realm known as the Wild. Here, Joe finds a sense of belonging he’s never known before—and a chance to uncover the truth behind the frightening visions that have haunted him since childhood. He also meets Min, an enchanting singer who quickly captures his heart.
But as Joe settles into Quarter Square, he learns their haven is under attack, while an ancient enemy threatens to tear him and Min apart. Now, Joe must learn to wield his own powers in order to save the life he’s come to love…
David Bridger has crafted something refreshingly different…with great doses of escapism, fear of being hunted and a heaping of ‘otherness.’ Great characters throughout and fantastic world building make Quarter Square an excellent paranormal read.
Full review Vampire Book Club
What made me pick up Quarter Square – the fact that its author was a man – didn’t let me down. The difference in logic, perception and handling of events was refreshing and authentic. It was wonderful climbing inside the mind of a man and seeing and understanding why he does what he does. Reading a story through a man’s perspective is fun and liberating: a man narrator is blunter, doesn’t overanalyse things (even though he spends a fair time exploring his emotions it definitely does not come off as mushy), and remains more realistic.
Full review Ex Libris
Brilliant! Worlds piled upon worlds and history so thick you can see it. Joe, our hero, is as clueless as the reader and it makes for a page-turner of a book. A great male lead (right after I was bemoaning the lack of male protagonists in the urban fantasy genre as well!) from Mr Bridger and I’m looking forward to the next in the Wild Times series just to watch him find even more of himself and the world he’s in.
Full review Beasts, Bites and Books
Joe Walker was once a regular guy–until he discovered the truth about his past lives and magical abilities. He’s also been reunited with his immortal lover, Min, though they’ve been forced into hiding by Tyac, a werewolf who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
When their nemesis reappears, an old friend sends Joe back into the supernatural realm known as the Wild–and away from Min. He takes sanctuary at a lake that’s a gateway to an even more extraordinary world, where golden angels embark on dangerous quests for power.
But as Joe gets to know these mysterious beings, both he and the goldens are being hunted by enemies old and new. When a betrayal puts Joe in imminent danger, he and Min must find their way back together before dark forces tear them apart for good.
…there is magic, alternate worlds, and fantastical characters all intertwined with complicated people and circumstances. There’s a blend between our modern world and other not so modern ones. There are outright chases and battles, and there are hidden manipulations to bring about events no sane or good-hearted person would want.
Take a walk on the wild side with David Bridger. It’s worth the trip.
Full review Tales to Tide You Over
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