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The Hunter, The Hammer, and Heaven: Journeys to Three Worlds Gone Mad

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A firsthand exploration of war and the people who survive it in three of the most war-ravaged countries on earth: Sierra Leone, Chechnya, and Bougainville.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Lyons Press
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Aug 02, 2012 Carl rated it really liked it
The author of The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition goes into more detail about his visit to three of them: Sierra Leone in West Africa, Chechnya under the hammer of the Russians, and Bouganvillea in the Solomon Islands. Also an interesting history of Private Military Corporations Executive Outcomes and Sandline.
Feb 12, 2016 Fee rated it liked it
This book was juicy in the middle, but the fries suck. Kinda like Mighty Fine Burgers. The author goes to visit the three most dangerous spots in the World. The drama and the chase are all in the second story, The Hammer. Chechyna. So many checkpoints and bullet dodging, I was on the edge of my seat. Reporters are the craziest people on earth when you read this story. This is definitely the top most effed up places, but it wont stop these writers. After using a fake hockey team to get across a c ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Alkhan004 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique book about three distance lands, with various problems that is plaguing the country. The Hunter is about white mercenaries in Africa, Hammer is about the build up and the war between Chechnya's rebels and Russia, and Heaven is about Australian island and its problems with foreign company's occupation of the country.
Jun 22, 2010 Thom rated it really liked it
Great book. The edition I picked up has an alarming amount of typos, which I found odd but ultimately decided to disregard in favor of enjoying a good book.

This book covers topics that I haven't seen outside of very specific reading. For example, when reading about Sierra Leone, agriculture and prime fishing spots are not likely to be the first things to come to mind.

Pelton likes to have fun with himself and enjoys inserting snarky comments, but does an excellent job of delivering an interestin
Jul 31, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, adventure, survival
Definitely a good starting point for understanding the conflict in Chechnya and the after effect of war in Sierra Leone and environmental battles such as Bougainville. Robert Pelton is truly brave to launch himself into these areas of conflict to bring back an honest experience of what has happened and what goes on. It might be 10 years ago now, but conflicts such as these are still happening and will forever happen I think. well worth the time spent on this as i really did get a greater underst ...more
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May 24, 2015 Medellee Antonioli rated it liked it
Very interesting but I was not a huge fan of the writing style. I learned a lot though!
Jul 06, 2011 Tara rated it liked it
An interesting portrayal of three dangerous places in the world: Sierra Leone, Chechnya, and the tropical island of Bouganvillea. The author travelled to these places in times of serious strife and unrest and reports well as to what he saw and did. He also tries to draw some lines between the three of these places and the use of foreign mercenaries. Unfortunately, I don't think the connections are clearly enough made, which is too bad, because it's certainly a topic worth exploring.
Jan 12, 2012 Howard rated it it was amazing
i read this quite awhile ago, and so therefor was up on a lot of this crap going on like conflict gold, diamonds, etc. it is written kinda like a travelogue, and is fascinating and terrifying at the same time.
Nov 05, 2015 Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: outdoors, history
I've never been to Chechnya or Bougainville but I have been to Sierra Leone and have actually met several of the characters Pelton writes about in this portion of the book. Very accurate and extremely well written.
Dec 10, 2008 T rated it really liked it
Pretty good book from the author of various books on dangerous places across the world. Catalogued here are Sierra Leon, Chechnya, and a tiny island in the South Pacific.
Dec 10, 2009 J. rated it liked it
not as good as i thought it should have been. What the heck was he talking about?
Oct 25, 2010 Claire rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel, africa, war
the first section was good. the second and third sections were poorly written and edited.
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