Jeena Garza escapes the horror of a POW camp only to crash-land on a desert planet far from where she'd intended to go. Alone, she adopts a tigra cub, a tiger-like carnivore native to Ararat, and names him Samson. It's the least she can do, given she killed his mother. Tigras have special talents. Unlike their Earth counterparts, they can stand erect, and do it comfortably. As Samson matures, he demonstrates an even more astonishing skill, one that places serious doubts on the accuracy of the planetary survey that opened Ararat for colonization. Then Jeena finds herself caught up in the last thing she wants-a war between a group of religious fanatics and a culture that is their diametric opposite--as Samson discovers the truth about his people, one that had been kept secret from the beginning. One that will change the galaxy forever.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Nov 24, 2006
Publisher Zumaya Otherworlds
ISBN 1934135216 ISBN13 9781934135211
A fine space opera for a modern audience Jul 25, 2007
Tigra by R. J. Leahy is a really entertaining yarn. The main character is Jeena Garza, a former POW, who crashes on a primitive planet of Ararat as she makes her escape. There she adopts a tigra cub, a carnivore native to her new planet and a beast which is far more intelligent than she could possibly have imagined.
Leahy's prose is easy to read, but the book is far more complex than many space operas, and his characters are engaging. The plot moves right along, too. My tastes in fiction are eclectic, but this tale has much to offer: military action, romantic relationships, mysticism, and a bit of anthropology. I highly recommend this story.
Terrific character. Interesting new world. Equal great read! Apr 20, 2007
Jeena Garza is a young woman, a soldier, and an escaped prisoner of a galactic war; but is she in a better place? Among the almost familiar animal life on Ararat, Jeena finds a friend and companion. She builds a temporary home and waits--for what? Rescue or recapture?
Jeena's unaffected confidence and courage combine with the survival abilities learned, and her own natural instincts to make her someone to be dealt with, as the other "settlers" on the distant planet discover.
R. J. Leahy has succeeded in building an imaginative alternate world that I would like to visit. You will too, but I'm taking a weapon, Jeena Garaza and Jeena's new friend, Samson. This is one of those novels that will haunt you for years--maybe forever.
Review by Wanda C. Keesey
Sci Fi at its finest Apr 7, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (3/07)
When Captain Jeena Garza`s ship crashes, the Coalition forces take her captive. For sixteen months she is tortured, starved and raped repeatedly. Then a Union raid gave her the opportunity to escape in a smuggler's ship. The ship crash lands on the surface of Ararat, second planet in the Arcturus System.
Jenna kills a Tigra; a cat similar to Earth's tigers except the Tigra has no stripes and is a beautiful golden color. The Tigra's cub comes to Jeena's campsite after she kills its mother. She can't bring herself to kill it. She nurtures it, names it Samson and teaches it to talk. The animal shows much intelligence and even learns to read. As Samson matures the relationship goes from teacher/student to equals. She knew she should let him go "The months turned into more months, and still the cub showed no sign of wanting to leave."
Two groups from Earth colonized the planet - the Afridi and the Babylonians. The Afridi leaders are determined to kill all Tigra declaring them to be evil. They also intend to kill all other people on the planet. TheAfridi capture Jeena and place her in a prison. Just as they are preparing to kill Samson, she escapes and rescues him. The two head for the mountains and search for Mordecai, the leader of Pyros. The air is thin and Jeena becomes very ill. A race that believes Samson to be a god nurses her back to health and guides them to Mordecai.
Jeena must fight another war if she is to save an ancient people. Could Jeena and Samson be an answer to prophecy?
"Tigra" by R. J. Leahy is science fiction at it's finest. The plot is fascinating and has twists and turns that lead the reader on a roller coaster ride. The characters are well defined. Who wouldn't love Samson - big, sensitive, loving and intelligent? Jeena's personality has depth. She's strong and protective and yet badly scarred from her experiences. There is a message in this plot for each of us, a message of tolerance and acceptance. I highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction.
Tigra Feb 28, 2007
I became so engrossed in this book that I could hardly put it down. It's a fun read with characters you can easily become attached to.
Well Worth the Read Feb 28, 2007
Tigra grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. I was fortunate to have a block of several uninterrupted hours so that I could read it from start to finish. I didn't want to put it down once I started.
The characters are colorful and multidimensional, I became emotionally invested in them early on.
Tigra is a marvelous blend of action, adventure and fantasy. It challenges the imagination and opens the mind to a new view of the universe.