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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

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 her b

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