Peter Hathaway Capstick first earned a name as an outdoor writer in the pages of such magazines as Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Hunting, The American Hunter, and Outdoor Life. In Last Horizons, the first of a two-volume collection of his hunting, fishing, and shooting tales, Capstick shares twenty-four stories of his keen eye and steady hand with rifle, shotgun, bow, and typewriter.
The critically acclaimed successor to Hemingway and Robert Ruark repeatedly put himself in harm’s way to write about close scrapes with his trademark wit and dash. He tells what it’s like to be in the path of an express train with Horns—the Cape buffalo; describes the heart-stopping sensation of sharing the immediate bush with several sickle-clawed lions that most certainly were prone to argue; and recounts his adventures bow-fishing for exotic species in the piranha-filled rivers of Brazil.
Featuring finely rendered drawings by famous wildlife artist Dino Paravano, Capstick’s experiences on five continents, painfully gained—and almost lost—with the most dangerous of game, are the yardsticks against which most modern exotic and hunting adventures are gauged.
“No one since Hemingway (with the possible exception of Ruark) has written on these subjects with such literary gusto.”—Kirkus Reviews
Prior to his successful Death in the Tall Grass , Capstick contributed to sporting magazines such as Guns and Ammo , Outdoor Life and American Hunter. This volume, a collection of pieces written between 1969 and 1986, will be welcomed warmly by sportsmen and -women, safari buffs and vicarious adventurers. In addition to his tales of stalking and shooting dangerous game, Capstick holds forth on guns and ammunition; he says many safari clients carry more guns than they can handle. He discusses hunting the smaller African game (antelope) and recounts fishing experiences in Central and South America. In the final chapter, Capstick turns to whimsya mythical Open Day on dragons. Even a rabid anti-hunter would find this piece entertaining.