Patterson's account of the lions' reign of terror and his own subsequent attempts to kill them is the stuff of great adventure, and his unmistakably Victorian manner of telling it only adds to the thrill. Consider this description of the aftermath of an attack by the lions: "...we at once set out to follow the brutes, Mr. Dalgairns feeling confident that he had wounded one of them, as there was a trail on the sand like that of the toes of a broken limb.... we saw in the gloom what we at first took to be a lion cub; closer inspection, however, showed it to be the remains of the unfortunate coolie, which the man-eaters had evidently abandoned at our approach. The legs, one arm and half the body had been eaten, and it was the stiff fingers of the other arm trailing along the sand which had left the marks we had taken to be the trail of a wounded lion...." This classic tale of death, courage, and terror in the African bush is still a page-turner, even after all these years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My dad used to let me read these as a young man. I have always loves these books and the incredible stories inside.Published 8 days ago by Cman
Rather boring and too long. It's just not my 'cup of tea' - I prefer more 'meat' rather than a journal type story.Published 14 days ago by Mary Ann
Fantastic read for the in-depth story behind the Tsavo brutes that terrorized the bridge construction.Published 17 days ago by Arthur Palmer III
Great book! The first half is about the Man-Eaters and it is absolutely gripping. The second half of the book is not as suspenseful, but is interesting nonetheless. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Regular Guy
excellent true story. Movie based on this The Ghost and the Darknesss was great!Published 29 days ago by Sherry Staton
This is another book my Cousin asked me to find. She had read it years before and liked it so much she wanted to read it again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Metalsmith
This is a must read for anyone who loves to hunt and dreams of the days when Africa was truly wild and game rich. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Rucker