The Man-eaters of Tsavo

The Man-eaters of Tsavo

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by John Henry Patterson
     
 

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THE MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO is a great book recounting the story of a pair of man-eating predator lions that the author and his team killed, known as the Tsavo Man-eaters. Following the death of the lions, the book tells many stories concerning local wildlife (including other lions), local tribes, the discovery of the man-eaters' cave, and various hunting expeditions.

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THE MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO is a great book recounting the story of a pair of man-eating predator lions that the author and his team killed, known as the Tsavo Man-eaters. Following the death of the lions, the book tells many stories concerning local wildlife (including other lions), local tribes, the discovery of the man-eaters' cave, and various hunting expeditions. There is also good advice to sports-men visiting Africa. Several publications about and studies of the man-eating lions of Tsavo have been inspired by Patterson's account. The book has been adapted to film three times - a monochrome British film of the 1950's, a 1952 3-D film titled Bwana Devil, and a 1996 color version called The Ghost and the Darkness, where Val Kilmer played the daring engineer who hunts down the lions of Tsavo.

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First published in 1907, this title depicts the author's adventures in Africa. One incident, involving two man-eating lions that were preying on railroad workers, is the basis for the current feature film The Ghost and the Darkness. Fans of true adventure will be interested in this.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627932943
Publisher:
Start Publishing LLC
Publication date:
07/18/2013
Series:
Unabridged Start Publishing LLC
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
191
Sales rank:
279,662
File size:
309 KB

Meet 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 South Africa, where he is a successful outdoor writer and the author of Death in the Long Grass, Death in the Silent Places, Death in the Dark Continent, and Safari: The Last Adventure, all published by St. Martin's Press.

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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent first-hand account of a grueling game of cat and mouse. Accompanied by excellent photgraphs taken by the author and his crew. Strangely, though, the demise of the lions occurs halfway through the book, leaving the remaining 150 pages or so to tell of the constuction of the railroad bridge and serve as a sort of anthropological study of the people, surroundings and environment. Very Hemingway-esque in its setting and mood but electrified by the fact that it is a first-hand account of true events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to read about how they killed the lions. They are dead less then halfway through the book! This book seems to have been written to inflate Patterson's ego. Capstick is a much better author if you are looking to read about Africa.
TWardell More than 1 year ago
The story of the Man-Eaters of Tsavo is completed by the 14th chapter and the rest of the book is about Patterson as some great white hunter. Rather depressing to find the story advertised in the title was done about a quarter into the book.
redfan More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Sir Peter Hathaway Capstick, the greatest big game hunter of the 20th century. He edited this book which was enough for me to give it a try. Like most books about africa, you have to take your time because there's so many hard words to pronounce. Believe me, if you like big game hunting and you like Capstick; you'll love this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patterson does wonders with this book. He's on the same level as Hemingway, Capstick, and Kipling. This book is for anyone looking for some good insight into the hunting life in Africa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A positively bone-chilling book.For brave readers only!
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