Already recognized as a master of adventure writing for his classic "Death in the Long Grass, "former big-game hunter Capstick now turns from his own exploits to those of some of the greatest hunters of the past, in "Death in the Silent Places." With his characteristic color and flair he recalls the extraordinary careers of hunting men like ...
Already recognized as a master of adventure writing for his classic "Death in the Long Grass, "former big-game hunter Capstick now turns from his own exploits to those of some of the greatest hunters of the past, in "Death in the Silent Places." With his characteristic color and flair he recalls the extraordinary careers of hunting men like Colonel J.H. Patterson and Colonel Jim Corbett, who stalked legendary man-eaters through the silent darkness on opposite sides of the world; men like Karamojo Bell, acknowledged as the greatest elephant hunter of all time; men like the valiant Sasha Siemel, who tracked killer jaguars though the Matto Grosso armed only with a spear. With an authenticity gained by having shared the experiences he writes of, Peter Capstick eloquently recreates the acrid taste of terror in the mouth of a man whose gun has jammed as a lion begins his charge, the exhilaration of tracking and finding a long-sought prey, the bravery and even nobility of performing under circumstances of primitive and savage stress, with death all around in the silent places of the wilderness.
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Fair + in Poor + jacket. Hard cover in fair + condition, dust jacket is in poor + condition. The jacket has alot of edge wear, a few tears along the edges, some scuffs, and a few creases. The book has some edge wear, page edges are browning some, the book covers have some spotting. Did not see any marking on the pages, [Satisfaction Guaranteed! ].
Good. 1981 St. Martin's Press Hardcover Edition. Heavy wear/creasing/small tears/chipping to Dust Jacket, small spots due to age to page edges, inscription of front endpaper, text clean with strong binding.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Really good copy...book in great shape...DJ has minor rubbing/wear. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 258 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. "Capstick...is brilliant in his description of his hunts for some of Africa's most vicious killers...The terror produced by some of these pieces is almost too real. As the pages turn, breathing grows shallow, adrenalin is pumped into the veins, the palms sweat until the outcome is resolved and there is time to drag a handkerchief across a damp brow." CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Triple Recommendation Rating.
this is a wonderful read, that takes you to exotic places and a vanished way of life. africa as a continent has held an allure for generations of the best and brightest who where not content to stay at home. peter capstick was one such adventurer who arrived on the dark continent as it has changed into twentieth century. he writes of those who came before and left their indelible mark on that vast land and many peoples. peopled with charactors with unique nicknames such as w.d. karamojo bell and adventures with deadly and largley misunderstood big game it is a enjoyable read and i highly recomend it.
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