Killers in Africa: The Truth about Animals Lying in Wait and Hunters Lying in Printby Alexander Lake, Susie McDonald, Joshua P. Warren, Pat H. Roberts, Lorna Bolkey
For lovers of big game, hunting, and tales of the glory of African adventures past, Killers in Africa takes an exciting nostalgic look at the golden age of big game hunting in Africa, While today African wildlife is largely protected from sports hunting, it was not always so. Africa was long the paradise for those yearning to experience the challenge and thrill of one last great frontier.
Author Alexander Lake knew all of these visitors to the bush. Some were real sportsmen; others were driven only by a gut instinct "to cut loose with a gun." Lake reveals the cunning and insight into animal behavior it took to return home unscathed ... and what behavior got men killed in a rhino's charge or a lion's rage. In Killers in Africa, Lake ruthlessly reveals the gritty, sun-scorched secrets of big game animals and the men who hunted them.
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I remember this book as a youth in grade school.It was so engrossing that I had to keep renewing it at the library because my father and then grandfather as well as just about everyone else who opened it couldn't put it down. This is basically the memiors of a professional big game hunter/guide in Africa at the turn of the century when Africa was largely still the ' Dark Continent.' Mr.Lake draws on his personal experiences to give a fascinating look at the animals and their habits .Everything from black mambas to water buffaloes and , of course the famous Nile crocodiles is touched on in detail in a way that makes the reader feel as if one was sitting by the fire after a day's trek listening to the yarns of an old bushmaster.And in fact ,you are !!! Most highly recommended .Nice to see it back in print.