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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax Books; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786890428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890422
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 982,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MR L P ADAMS on 19 May 2005
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This journal, is one of the best i have ever read. You feel as if you in Africa once again. His accounts of the various dangerous animals he encounters including the big 5 several times is unbelievable, and unreal. It is only someone like him who could have experienced such amazing things.
The book is littered with sadness with regard to the tradegy of 1999 in Uganda. He gives a very personal account of this. However i think his encounters in the bush with wild animals is where his book really blossoms. I don't want to ruin it.
I am going to South Africa in gap year and living in a game reserve for 10 weeks. This book has no doubt helped me understand more about this beautiful continent, and about the wild in Africa.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By the_niner_nation on 28 April 2007
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This was *exactly* the sort of book I wanted to read pending my 2nd Safari vacation to Kenya later this year, and Ross extrapolates his experiences with Kenya and his life as a safari guide very well, and his love for Kenya is really very apparent,as is his respect for the tourists he escorts as a guide.

It must be noted, however, that his tourists arn't the rough and tumble type of safari goers you might imagine, and his services as a guide are only for the very very very wealthy who can afford the 5 star ' tent hotel' type safaris. A safari with a cheap overland carrier by comparison is a different expereince all together, as illustrated in the final chapter where his group after spending an evening at a Samburu village were too full to eat roast beef+ yorkshire pudding with lemon meriangue for dessert!

The events of March 1999 are chillingly relayed, however, and no matter how charming it might be to see mountain gorillas in the wild, there is no way on Earth anyone would want to enter either Uganda or Rwanda.

That said, Kenya too is an extremly unsafe country to visit, albiet a very beautiful one, as lovingly told my Mark Ross.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Real African adventure 5 Feb. 2006
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Most of this book is about true encounters with amazing animals in East Africa. The stories took me back to my own safari experiences in another part of Africa. If you've never been on safari and are thinking about going, this book will give you a good idea of what to expect. As implied in the title, beauty is also sometimes dangerous. The last part of the book is about an awful incident in which he and two of his clients were taken hostage by rebels who crossed the border from a nearby country. The area they were in should have been safe. Mark did all he could to take care of his clients, but in such a chaotic situation, no one can control what happens. Sadly, the couple who had been on safari with him several times was killed. It may have only been chance that he survived himself. I admire how he has honestly shared his feelings of loss and helplessness and also how he is trying to reconcile his love of Africa with what happened. Reading this book scared me but it also made me want to return to Africa to see more of this amazing continent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Warning: This Book Will Whet Your Appetite for Safari! 29 Dec. 2004
By Leigh - Published on
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I picked up Dangerous Beauty as an antidote to my post-safari blues upon returning home from my first trip to East Africa. By chapter one, I was so impressed by Mr. Ross' approach to safari and his passion for wildlife, especially the predators, that I just knew I had to weasel my way onto one of his future safaris, which I was lucky enough to do in the Summer of 2004.

If you've been to Africa, and already know you love the place, this book will give you a closer glimpse into this special world through the eyes of a man who has made it his life's passion, and loves it, despite its troubles. If you've yet to go, well, this book may very well push you in that direction, or at least give you a very tangible feeling of what a transformative experience safari can be when it's just a small group of clients and a guide who is simply the best there is. Mark Ross truly has a wonderful spirit, an infectious sense of humor and a flair for sharing this elusive place that few others possess.

I'm already planning my next Ross Safari... wanna join me? Seriously! My e-mail address is included in my Reviewer Profile, so please contact me. I'd love to hear from you!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great stories from Africa 18 Feb. 2004
By "hurricaneryan" - Published on
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Dangerous Beauty is a great storybook. Mark C. Ross shares his incredible life stories in this book, and their fascinating. The way he encounters the same animals again and again and creates special bonds with them, even babysitting their children, to me is amazing. The book is impossible to put down because there is a new story with every five pages or so. The book leaves you breathless, wanting more. It's an awesome book, read it!
Thrilling and Chilling Safari Story 10 Oct. 2009
By Leo O. Juma - Published on
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I found the narratives in this book, Dangerous Beauty - Life and Death in Africa: Life and Death In Africa: True Stories From a Safari Guide, by Mark C. Ross, thrilling and chilling. First, they caused me to relieve my own remarkable experiences as a safari guide to a team of international students when I studied at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, early 1980s. The author provides clear and engaging description of the beauty of diverse and numerous beasts found in the game parks of East Africa. The thrill and chill of observing millions of migrating wildebeests and associated species of antelopes on plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti, and their predation by lions, crocodiles, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards provide captivating reading. Several times, the author and accompanying tourists had frightening and memorable narrow escapes from charging elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffalos. Unfortunately, after some 15 years of relatively happy life in Africa, a most foul catastrophe visited the author. On March 1, 1999, while observing gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda, a band of Rwandan rebels attacked the tourist camp, temporarily kidnapped the author and 30 tourists, and killed 10 persons. This cruel and murderous act through the hand of man, not "beast," left a devastating experience on the life of Mark Ross and many others. As the title of the book indicates, Mark Ross described things that are beautiful and dangerous in Africa, or in any adventures on life's wild side. The narration is informative, sometimes humorous, and always captivating.
Quite a Book! 5 Nov. 2011
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Probably a 4.5 for it is a great book and the author can surely write. He tells the story of a safari guide and does the job with plenty of style and charisma. His world is unlike most other ones for the qualifications of the job is to know the land and the creatures that abound in that land. Life and death is a daily struggle and the author is in tune with the land and seems to love every minute of it. Tragedy strike in the form of the social unrest taking place in those far regions of the world and one can not help but to feel deep sympathy for the author. This guy is the real deal and I am willing to bet among the very few that can truly say they did all these things. This is not particularly about hunting but it certainly is a tale about the immense wild expanses and wild life that exists in our world. His knowledge of the animals, of the terrain, of the weather, all these bits and pieces make for a great tale, highly enjoyable and not a negative thing to say about it. Not a perfect 5 Stars but very darn close. Takes a certain kind of individual to perform this job and the author exceeds the requirements: from a charge of a crazed elephant, to the exotic rhinos, to the prides, the huge masses of livestock and the description of each day, it is truly a great book specially for those that never been any other place than in front of their television sets watching animal planet.
The Serengeti is a thing of wonder and this Safari Guide is the right person to tell anyone all about it. Great book and certainly worth 4.5 Stars.
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