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The Afghan Tiger
by Nick Taddeo
About This Book
So many young people returning from fighting for their lives and their country in Iraq and Afghanistan find that surviving the civilian wars can be as debilitating as fighting in a deadly war zone. . . .
Since Tyler Van Norman has always been interested in art, an ad for a gallery assistant would be a good start. Yet he hesitates before opening the door to what would be a drastically different way of life. As he is making up his mind to go in, another man approaches the gallery.
The man speaks to Tyler first: "Don't be afraid to go in."
"I'm not afraid of anything. Well, that's not entirely true, but I'm not afraid about going in here. There are just a whole lot of other thoughts going around inside my head."
About the Author
Nick Taddeo served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned with a strong desire to get back into the flow. He has captured a great deal of that struggle in The Afghan Tiger.
Taddeo is a resident of Pasadena, California. He has traveled the globe researching his novels, including Istanbul and the Middle East for The Afghan Tiger.
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In Nick Taddeo's fifth novel, The Afghan Tiger, Tyler Van Norman, a young veteran returning from service in Afghanistan, wants to pursue his lifelong interest it art. During his time in service, he'd been injured as he pulled a child out of a bombed-out house in Kunar Province. He wasn't allowed to bring the little girl with him even though the mother had been killed and the fate of her father, an Afghan soldier, was unknown. Against his protest, Tyler was sent home to recuperate.
When he'd been an art student, he had a tattoo of a 4000-year-old bronze tiger etched on his left forearm. The tiger was attacking an antelope at the same time a wild boar was biting it from behind. The significance of one pursuing a goal while hindrances keep coming from unexpected sources carried meaning for him as a student and even more so during his military encounters. It continues relentlessly back in civilian life.
He begins working in an art gallery where he buys a painting even though he knows it's not well done. His roommate, an art restorer, cleans it and discovers an Impressionist painting beneath the outer image. Tyler is let go from his job at the art gallery, is arrested after a second job he knew he shouldn't have taken, and is offered another task, but refuses to carry it out because he's suspicious of the authenticity of the art work involved.
Through it all, he feels compelled to return and save the child. He had learned the girl's name and that she was possibly taken to an orphanage in Kabul. With only that knowledge, he returns to Afghanistan in search of Rana Jalili. In that city, still suffering from the turmoil of war, there's a final definitive chapter to the story.
The Afghan Tiger was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 1-939870-00-3
258 pp, $14.97