Tigers on the Run, by Sean Kennedy
Series: Tigers and Devils, Book #3
Narrated by: Dave Gillies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 13, 2015 (Book)
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sequel to Tigerland
Young Australian Micah Johnson is the first AFL player to be out at the beginning of his career. Retired professional football player Declan Tyler mentors Micah, but he finds it difficult, as Micah is prone to making poor life choices that land him in trouble. Nothing Dec can’t handle. He’s been there, done that, more times than he’d like to admit. Being Simon Murray’s partner all these years has Dec quite experienced in long-suffering and mishaps.
As usual, Simon thinks everything is going along just fine until his assistant, Coby, tells him a secret involving an old nemesis. Simon and Dec’s problems mash together, and to solve them, they must undertake a 1000-kilometer round trip in which issues will have to be sorted out, apologies are finally given, and a runaway kid is retrieved and returned to his worried parents.
Sports (Australian Football)
For the majority of the book the narrator did a really good job of doing different voices for characters, adding warmth to the story, and for having good pacing. It really added something to the book that you couldn’t get from reading it.
I feel like for me this is an important component of an audiobook, because quite frankly it is easier and quicker for me to read than it is to listen to an audiobook. I need a little something extra to make it worth checking out.
I would say for about 90% of the book I loved Gillies and his narration, but the reason why I gave this one less star is because I did have a lot of trouble trying to figure out if Coby or Dec were talking if they were both in the same scene together, and Fran’s voice was really screechy to me.
These things might not even bother you, but I do rate things based on my personal tastes as well as my critical analysis, so that is why I gave it one less star.
This book will not make sense unless you’ve read the other two books. The good news is that those books are also really really good. I gave them five stars and as you can tell from my reviews on here I don’t hand out five stars lightly.
This book has familiar characters from the first two books, but instead of focusing on the growing relationship between Dec and Simon, this book focuses on them helping troubled teen named Micah Johnson. You might recognize the name from a review I did a while ago on here for The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson (click here!). This is the beginning of his story, and Kennedy does a great job showing how he grows throughout the book. Plus, Kennedy’s pop culture references are as varied as they are poignant, and this adds a lot of little easter eggs throughout the book . The Miss Fisher reference in particular had me rolling at work, and I couldn’t explain it because no one else knew the reference.
I really love that this book has Dec and Simon more settled than they are in the first two books. This is understandable because the drama for them is passed and is now revolving around Micah and Jasper Brunswick. They are finally in a place where they can weather drama, but the strength in this book is that Kennedy is able to move away from establishing the main characters, and still have them remain central to the book. This book has conflict between Coby and Simon, and Micah and everyone on planet earth (not a hyperbole!!), but we still get really great moments between the characters that we know and love from the first two books.
I think it would have been easy for Sean to keep focusing on Dec and Simon, but for this one he complicates things by having them have to put out fires outside of their relationship. He has Simon having to comfort Micah (which is super hilarious), and confront Coby about how terrible Jasper was (really terrible but I can’t say anymore without spoiling THIS book). Simon is not interested in either one of these things, but he has Fran, Roger, and Dec by his side. I do have to admit that Jasper stresses me out, and this book is no exception; but Simon hates him as much as I do, so it is vindication when he finally gets called out on it.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that Kennedy hit his stride with his characters, so you can really enjoy the warmth and banter between them. This is because he spent so much time in the first two books doing amazing character development. Without them this book would be useless and shallow, but luckily for us it is a great addition to the series. So there is a nice continuation of the group dynamic built up but with a few complications. It makes it a much more interesting book than if he just had Simon and Dec at the center again.
I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a clear and easy way to explain the sport to you guys. However, there is no explanation for this sport that can do it justice, because it is like if Rugby and Volleyball had a weird baby.
I did find this video for you guys and I feel like it explains the sport better than I could, and also supplies a lot of laughs. Check it out!
Here is another video that goes more into the history and official information about the sport:
I feel like both of those links do the sport more justice than any explanation that I could give for you guys. Especially since I live in the US and barely get to see any of it. Please leave me any links/information if you are into this sport! I am more than willing to learn about sports in other countries!!!
Sean Kennedy lives in Perth, Western Australia, but his heart still belongs to his hometown Melbourne—which is also the home of Simon Murray and Declan Tyler from his series Tigers and Devils. A disciple of cult leader David Lynch, Sean is breathlessly awaiting the revival of Twin Peaks in 2016
Sean is best known for his Tigers and Devils series which you can find over at his website. http://seankennedybooks.com/
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I received copy of this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.