This is an anthology of some of Peter Hathaway Capstick’s best articles from such magazines a Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Hunting, American Hunter, and Outdoor Life. In this, the first of a two-volume collection of his hunting, fishing, and shooting tales, you’ll find twenty-four examples of his keen eye and steady hand with rifle, shotgun, bow, and typewriter.
Using his trademark wit and dash, the critically acclaimed successor to Hemingway and Robert Ruark repeatedly put himself in harm’s way to write about his close scrapes and adventures on five continents. He tells what it’s like to be in the path of an express train with horns, the Cape buffalo; he describes the heartstopping sensation of sharing the immediate bush with several sickle-clawed lions prone to take offense; and he recounts his adventures bow-fishing for exotic species in the piranha-filled rivers of Brazil. Then there is the fun that comes from shooting down dragonflies with a BB machine gun in his backyard. Capstick’s experiences, painfully gained (and almost lost) with the most dangerous of game, are the yardsticks against which most modern exotic and hunting adventures are gauged.
All of Capstick’s books are engaging, entertaining, and just plain good reads, but don’t expect any political correctness here. Capstick tells it as he sees it and lets the chips fall where they may. According to one of his fans, “The articles on air rifles and rat hunting were entertaining and excellent lessons in ballistics and the importance of practice.” Another fan wrote, “The diary of a hunt for a fire-breathing dragon (complete with references to the appropriate hard-to-get license, season, gear, and limited hunting area) in the last chapter is worth the price of the book for anyone who loves Capstick’s writing.
Last Horizons is written in Capstick’s enduring, classic style and is sure to entertain. These stories are so good that you will read them again and again. The finely rendered drawings in the text are by Dino Paravano, an artist Capstick greatly admired.