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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 25 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312186150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312186159
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
If you havent read Capstick, you are missing out on a treat. Not only are his stories, graphic, exciting and compelling, his style of writing is nothing short of superb. Genuinly exciting, and often laugh out loud funny, all of his books are fantastic. When talking about the turn of the century past-time of "galloping lions" (described as "dangerous as typhoid") he writes:" THe elements recquired for the monotony breaking past time were a fast horse, a good rifle, a few lions and not much concern about the future".
Not for the faint of heart, there is a number of gory stories about the fatal encouters that people have, and some well placed warnings about taking any dangerous animal lightly.
A lot like his first book, "death in the long grass" Capstick writes about individual animals- with a chapter on the "big five", Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard ( the best chapter in the book- beatifully written) and Lion. As before he relates his own experinces, plus encouters as described by his friends.
I would recommend Death in the LOng Grass as a first Capstick book, but this is still most highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Peter Capstick once again gives his readers what they want. This book is full of hair raising stories of hunteres and the hunted.
Read how Capstick's tracker is nearly gored by a rhino, actually holding onto the horn to save himself.
See how a cape buffalo in a bad mood can turn a man into something even a big city coroner will never forget.
Discover why smoking may be good for your health, if you track wounded leopards into the long grass at night.
The BIG 5 are considered the most dangerous animals on the continent of Africa for good reason. Capstick will be more than happy to fill you in on the reasons, and leave no doubt that they are all dangerous and deadly.
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Format: Hardcover
Death in the Dark Continent, is Capstick at his best. For the sportsman, it provides valuable information on hunting Africa's "Big Five". For the armchair adventurer, it is an instant portal to the hair-raising realm of primal experience. The chapter on Cape Buffalo is literary gold! Capstick is a master at keeping the reader engaged, intrigued, and simply captivated. If you love the thrill of the hunt, told in the most descriptive language imaginable, then Death in the Dark Continent is a must read.
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Format: Hardcover
In true Capstick manner he grabs your attention from the first paragraph and doesn't let go until the last word of the book. Capstick has you on the edge right along side him in the bush. You can feel the perspirations running down your back and from your forehead into your eyes. Hear the flys buzzing and actually smell the animal which is being hunted. It is a geniune experience reading any of his books.
A MUST READ for anyone interested in the outdoors.
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I bought this book at a local library fund-raiser, thinking I'd give it a try. I'm frankly not a hunter at all, and never will be (I'm actually much closer to the "preservationsits" he less-than-enthusiatically mentions throughout the book). But I must admit two things: First, I liked this book a whole lot more than I expected to; and second, it made me take another look at the relatinship between two environment-loving species who are traditionally enemies, namely Hunters and Conservationsists. This book captures what big-game hunting in colonial Africa must have really been like. Reading these exploits, it's impossible not to feel a certain mourning for what is now essentially a lost culture...killed off by political changes and a changed environmental ethos. Not that I'd turn the clock back if could...but wow, the experiences they had! The term "armchair adventure" was coined for books like this. Capstick was a great writer in the macho-pulp tradition, full of gore, danger, and bravavo. Even those who hate the idea of big-game hunting would find themselves caught up in the sheer awful majesty of it all. Throughout the book, I repeatedly found myself impressed with the obvious love of the land and wildlife that Capstick articulates. It realy underscored the common love of nature at the heart of all outdoorsy-people...something that's hard to see when that love is later manifested in forms as seemingly opposed to one another as big-game hunting and environmentalism. I doubt whether Capstick would have seen it that way, and I certainly don't think that most environmnetalists would see it that way either...but it's there if you look. Maybe that's a lesson for all of us.
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By M. Larsen on Aug. 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
Capstick reprises his role as master yarn-spinner of African legend in Dark Continent. The book is entirely devoted to Africa's "Big Five" dangerous game animals; lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo.
This hi-octane collection of stories ranks second only to "Long Grass" as my PHC favorite. It is completely FULL of experiences, legends and tales of close calls or catastrophes. Capstick goes chapter by chapter showing us without a doubt why each animal is included among Africa's Dangerous Game.
The stories themselves are heart pounding. Capstick can put you behind the sights and in the path of a charging rhino like no one else. You'll be bathed in sweat as he drags you through the thick Mopane scrubb searching for that man-eating leopard or gut-shot lion. Ol' Pete may be the most thrilling safari adventure writer of all time.
In addition to the danger, PHC also takes us back in history to the golden days of the White Hunter and relives the world record trophy hunts in each category. You'll hear about giant tuskers with 200lbs on each side, massive 10ft lions, and rhinos big enough to derail a train. I found this wonderful reading. It was like going to a world record trophy museum and getting a behind-the-scenes look at each hunt.
This book is a MUST for anyone who enjoys safari legend, hunting, or adventure. Highly recommended. I guess you could say I give it a "Big Five."
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