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The Tiger of Mysore

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

During the Indian war with Tippoo Saib, 15 year old Dick Holland and his mother set out from England to find and rescue his father, shipwrecked 6 years earlier, and believed to be held prisoner by the 'Tiger of Mysore'.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .mself to capturing a few forts near the coast.

"On the 27th of August the armies met again, Hyder having chosen the scene of his victory over Baillie's force to give battle, believing the position to be a fortunate one for himself. Hyder had now been joined by Tippoo, who had not been present at the last battle, and his force numbered 80,000 men, while the English were 11,000 strong.

"I did not see the battle, as we were, at the time, occupied in escorting a convoy of provisions from Madras. The fight was much better contested than the previous battle had been. Hyder was well acquainted with the ground, and made skilful use of his opportunities, by fortifying all the points at which he could be attacked. The fight lasted eight hours. At last Sir Eyre Coote's first division turned the enemy's left flank, by the capture of the village of Pillalore; while his second turned their right, and Hyder was obliged to fall back. But this was done in good order, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is fast becoming one of my favorite Henty books. The plot is a little different than most of G. A. Henty's books. Usually a hero heads off to war/adventure either for pure patriotism and love of adventure, or because he has no choice. In this case, a boy chooses to put his life on the line a...more

Another classic Henty story! I really enjoyed reading about the Indian customs back then and thought the villain was well written. A little anti-climatic unfortunately, but enjoyable nonetheless.

This is definitely one of Henty's better works.

Set during the time of Tipu Sultan's war with the British in India, this fictional tale follows the adventures of Dick Holland as he attempts to rescue his father who is being held captive.

This is an engaging adventure tale.

Like the last Henty I read, this adventure too features a fifteen-year old “hero”, Dick Holland, who travels to India with his mother on a mission to rescue his father, captive in the fort of Tipu Sultan, the “Tiger of Mysore”. His mother is half Indian, and on coming to India seeks the aid of he...more

'The Tiger of Mysore' was first published in 1896. The story is set in the 1790s, during the Anglo-Mysore wars, and is a classic 'hero's quest' story that follows young Dick Holland's search for his missing, presumed captive, father.

I have to admit to nearly giving up with this book. After an exc...more

A farcical novel revolving around the 4th Anglo Mysore War. This is not an historical record. I dont know why people quote this book when citing about Tipu Sultan. Its more of a second rate fiction.