The African Adventurers: A Return to the Silent Places

The African Adventurers: A Return to the Silent Places

by PeterHathawayCapstick (Author)

Synopsis

Peter Capstick has been hailed as the adventure-writing successor to Hemingway and Ruark. Only Capstick can write action as cleanly and suspensefully as the best of his predecessors (Sports Illustrated). This long-awaited sequel to Death in the Silent Places (1981) brings to life four turn-of-the-century adventurers and the savage frontiers they braved. Frederick Selous, a British hunter, naturalist, and soldier, rewrote the history books with his fearless treks deep into the Dark Continent. English game ranger Constantine Iodine Ionides saved Tanganyikan villages from man-eating lions and leopards. He also gained lasting fame for his uncanny ability to capture black mambas, cobras, Gaboon vipers, and other deadly snakes. The dashing Brit Johnny Boyes who gained the chieftainship of the Kikuyu tribe with sheer bravado and survived the ferocious battles and ambushes of intertribal warfare. And Scottish ex-boxer, Jim Sutherland, one of the best ivory hunters who ever lived. His tracking skills and stamina afoot became the stuff of African hunting legend. If you are a Capstick fan, you'll relish The African Adventurers, his eleventh book. Once again he delivers the kind of chilling stories that Hemingway only heard second-hand...with a flair and style that Papa himself would admire (Guns & Ammo). The author's pungent wit and his authenticity gained from years in the bush make this quartet of vintage heroics an unforgettable return to the silent places.

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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.
Published: 01 Jan 1920

ISBN 10: 0312076223
ISBN 13: 9780312076221

Media Reviews

If high adventure teetering on the edge of abject terror...is your bag, then Capstick is your man. Nobody does it better! --Denver Post

Downright delightful...on the bedrock levels of African natural history, tribal sociology, and appropriate sporting weapons, Capstick is dead accurate. --Robert F. Jones, Sports Illustrated

[Capstick] keeps the tradition of great safari adventure alive in each of his books. --African Expedition Gazette

Author Bio

Peter Hathaway Capstick (1940-1996), a former Wall Street stockbroker turned professional adventurer, was critically acclaimed as the successor to Hemingway and Ruark in African hunting literature. After giving up his career, the New Jersey native hunted in Central and South America before going to Africa in 1968, where he held professional hunting licenses in Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Capstick also served in that most perilous of trades--Elephant and Buffalo Cropping Officer. In addition to writing about hunting, he was also featured in an award-winning safari video and audio tapes.

Captstick settled in Pretoria, South Africa with his wife Fiona until his death at age 56.