Death in the Dark Continent Hardcover – May 15 1983
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“Few writers have matched Capstick's flair for describing the hunt...in gruesome, realistic terms...A page-turner that is absorbingly spine-tingling.” ―Publishers Weekly on 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 Review on Death in the Long Grass
“Thrilling and suspenseful reading...spine-tingling hunting adventure...a 4-Star book of 3-continent adventure.” ―The Outdoor Journal on Death in the Silent Places
About the Author
Peter Hathaway Capstick grew 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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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.
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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Never get tired of reading his books. Worth reading for every avid hunterPublished 18 months ago by Walter
Peter Capstick once again gives his readers what they want. This book is full of hair raising stories of hunteres and the hunted. Read morePublished on July 24 2002 by Mike DiSalvo
Death in the Dark Continent, is Capstick at his best. For the sportsman, it provides valuable information on hunting Africa's "Big Five". Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001 by Zachary T. Todd
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 morePublished on Sept. 22 2001 by Lester F. Macek, II
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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2000 by Bogdan Bugarcic
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2000 by Jere A. Houser
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 morePublished on April 14 1999
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