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Death in the Dark Continent [Hardcover]

Peter H Capstick
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March 25 2002

Critically acclaimed as a master of adventure writing forDeath in the Long Grassand Death in the Silent Places, former professional hunter Peter Capstick takes us back to Africa to encounter the world’s most dangerous big-game animals. After consulting African game experts and recalling his own experiences and those of his colleagues, Capstick has written chilling, authoritative accounts of hunting the five most dangerous killers on the African continent-- lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros.

The classic big-game animals are unmatched as a test of a hunter’s skill and courage. With a command of exciting prose, Capstick brings us along on the chase. The warning snarl of a crouching lion, the swish of grass that reveals a leopard, the enraged scream of a wounded elephant, the cloud of dust that marks a herd of Cape buffalo, the earthshaking charge of a rhino are recreated in heart-stopping, nerve-racking detail. In Death in the Dark Continent, Capstick brings to life all the suspense, fear and exhilaration of stalking ferocious killers under primitive, savage conditions, with the ever present threat of death.

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“Few writers have matched Capstick’s flair for describing the gruesome, realistic terms...A page-turner that is absorbingly spine-tingling.”--Publishers Weeklyon Death in the Long Grass

“This book had me on the edge of my seat...297 pages of spine-tingling yarns.”--New York Times Book Reviewon Death in the Long Grass

“Thrilling and suspenseful reading...spine-tingling hunting adventure...a 4-Star book of 3-continent adventure.”--The Outdoor JournalonDeath in the Silent Places

About the Author

Peter Hathaway Capstickgrew up in rural New Jersey and soon learned to love the outdoors and wildlife. After a career on Wall Street, he decided to heed his sense of adventure and become a professional hunter, first in the rain forests of Latin America and then in Central Africa. He now lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he is a successful writer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Capsticks as good as ever. Dec 25 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked It Much More Than I Thought I Would Aug. 24 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Hunting Who? Aug. 20 2001
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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I really liked this book. I do not remember why I picked it up, but I am so happy that I did. I felt like I was sitting in a bar listening to someone who just came back from Africa. I am a hunter and I now have a new found respect for a lot of the big game animals of the dark continant. The book covers the big five of the game animals and the stories are remakable. This book is a must read for the hunter and the adventure junkie. I made my hunting buddy read the book. After the chapter on the Cape Buffalo he called me to say that he now wants to hunt something that will charge. We both purchased big bore rifles and are planning a boar hunt. Trust me you will want to too. Do not read this book if your wife will devorce you over one more hunting trip. You will miss her
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5.0 out of 5 stars A professional tells about big five June 30 1999
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The first book of Capstick, that I read. A wonderful style of story telling, that grips you and forces you to read it again and again. Capstick has an ability to increase the interest of reader, as compared to some big game hunters, who get more technical and factual. Although he will also tell you about guns, calibres, bullet weights, scientific knowledge, geography etc, but does not make it boring for reader. Capstick's opinion, about most dangerous game and his rating & analysis of big five, is no doubt, very true, and is confirmed by, what is written by the great white hunter J.A. Hunter. I fully appreciate author's efforts and research done, in finding the exact story of the world record elephant tusks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death in the Dark Continent - The BIG 5
Peter Capstick once again gives his readers what they want. This book is full of hair raising stories of hunteres and the hunted. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Mike DiSalvo
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll read it on the edge of your seat!
Death in the Dark Continent, is Capstick at his best. For the sportsman, it provides valuable information on hunting Africa's "Big Five". Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2001 by Zachary T. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding From start to finish
In true Capstick manner he grabs your attention from the first paragraph and doesn't let go until the last word of the book. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2001 by Lester F. Macek, II
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must
It was a revealing book for all who have not yet hunted in Afrika or anywhere else. Revealing in a way that all of my delusion about hunting in Afrika were defenetly broken. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2000 by Bogdan Bugarcic
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Capstick
Once again Capstick captivates you with his stories and his way of telling them. I could hardly put this book down once I started reading it. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2000 by Jere A. Houser
5.0 out of 5 stars True life adventure stories are the best!
Capstick is great stuff because its real life adventure. Since you know it happened, the "hair-raising" aspects of these stories hit you much harder! Read more
Published on April 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Capstick will make a nonreader love to read
Just read the the first few pages of the "Cape Buffalo" chapter, and you will never put the book down until it has been completed. Read more
Published on June 24 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when turning the page, a lion could be waiting.
Peter Capstick, the best African writter of all time, brings the big five to life in this page turner. You will never look at the bushes the same way again
Published on Jan. 9 1997
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