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The Dogs of War (1974)

by Frederick Forsyth

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An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president. But news of the discovery has reached Russia - and suddenly Manson finds he no longer makes the rules in this power game. A game in which win or lose means life or death.… (more)
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The plot of the book "War Dogs" by the British writer Frederick Forsyth, takes place in the war-torn Africa of the seventies of the twentieth century. A group of mercenaries is hired to make a coup in an imaginary country in Africa. The title of the book taken from a sentence from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "He cried out and sent the dogs of war."
When Sir James Manson, a British businessman, learned that in the (imaginary) state of Zangaro in West Africa there are deposits of precious metals that have not yet discovered, he identifies an opportunity. At the head of the country is dictator Jean Kimba, who is "totally insane and dangerous as a viper." Papa Dawk of West Africa, which sympathizes with the Soviet Union and is an obstacle for the company headed by Manson, This is because that if information about the new deposits reaches the Russian intelligence, they will prevent any Western company from obtaining a mining concession in the country.
Therefore, Manson decides to recruit a mercenary force to carry out a military coup in the country and will rule under Kimba ruler who supports his goal. At the head of these is Carlo Alfred Thomas Shannon, known as "Carlo Alfred Thomas Shannon." Shannon grew up in Ireland and educated in England. "After five years of service in the Royal Marines, he was released and tried his luck in civilian life."


However, the possibilities for a loose symbol and orphan are few. "In the past six years he has been a mercenary, sometimes outlawed, and some saw him as a "mercenary sword," and some saw him as a hired murderer, and when he became a mercenary, the bridges burned behind him. He could no longer cope with office work or regular work hours, he loved the wild landscape and the jolts of the jeep and the constant danger, Africa stung him like the yellow fly, and he enslaved to it."


Shannon is a cynical, tough-looking guy. Throughout the book, he proves that he is a sniper who knows very well using a gun and a rifle that does not hesitate to pull the trigger.

The book stretches and fascinates. In 1980 the novel formed for a successful film directed by John Irwin and starring Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, and Joe-Beth Williams. Frederic Forsyth, a former fighter pilot in the British Air Force and a BBC correspondent, writes excellent thrillers. Without pomegranates and unnecessary paragraphs on values ​​and respect. He understands very well what drives people on and off the battlefield, and describes them thrillingly and fascinatingly, without choosing the style of slight tension. Warmly recommended!!! ( )
  Johenlvinson | Jan 13, 2019 |
In my opinion, this is Frederick Forsyth's best work. An exceptionally detailed and well researched look into the lives and operations of a mercenary group, right down to the fine detail. No wonder they thought it was a planning book for a real coup!

The story draws you in with the fine detail from the start. It appears at first to be an innocent discovery of oil in an african nation. But then, it take's you through the dangerous world of mercenary work as the main character recruits his troops, trains them and equips them for the job. The story twists and turns in typical Forsyth style, and he really is in his element here.

A must read for anyone into Military fiction. ( )
  spooks101 | Dec 4, 2018 |
Mercenary leader Cat Shannon is hired to put together an invasion of a small African nation run by a mad dictator. Author Frederick Forsyth lays out the detailed process in preparing and executing a mercenary invasion, with knowledge gained by his alleged involvement with the Biafra war. Shannon has to constantly dodge legalities and an unsuspected vengeful competitor for the contract. It's a sampler of an era and a mid 1970s Africa which has since changed, but only in details. A very interesting book. ( )
  NickHowes | Sep 23, 2018 |
It isn't all well's end well, not all the mercenaries survived and the protagonist died from a serious illness, though he chose to die in his own way. I shed a tear at the end, maybe for his courage or for his humanity, I don't know. ( )
  siok | Jan 21, 2017 |
One of Forsyth's best! ( )
  FletcherBooks | May 17, 2015 |
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More jackals -- and better than The Odessa File -- the terrain this time is a godforsaken little kingdom of nothing called Zangaro on the coast of West Africa now put on the map for one James Manson of Manson Consolidated Mining Company Ltd. by a mineral deposit thought to be tin, later revealed as platinum. There seem to be only two kinds of people in the world, at any rate Forsyth's, namely predators and grazers; Manson is one of the former but so is the mercenary Cat Shannon from Ulster whom he hires to take over the republic of Zangaro and dispose of its Papa Doc president. Commando style.
added by John_Vaughan | editKirkus (Jun 2, 1974)
 
El mundo de los mercenarios constituye el telón de fondo de esta gran obra de Frederick Forsyth. En primer plano, una anécdota de trepidante acción descubre algunos aspectos siniestros y poco conocidos de ciertas actividades: minería, altas finanzas, operaciones bancarias y el mundo de los traficantes de armas. De París a Ostende y Marsella, donde son reclutados los mercenarios; de Berna a Brujas, donde se montan las operaciones financieras; y de Alemania a Italia, Grecia y Yugoslavia, donde se compran las armas; Forsyth devela, en un viaje literario apasionante, un mundo en el que no sólo las armas, sino quienes las disparan, se venden al mejor postor.
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Forsyth, Frederickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrer Aleu, JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Giorgio, and Christian and Schlee, And Big Marc and Black Johnny, And the others in the unmarked graves. At least we tried.
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There were no stars that night on the bush airstrip, nor any moon; just the West African darkness wrapping round the scattered groups like warm, wet velvet.
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Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war. (William Shakespeare) 'That ... be not told of my death, Or made to grieve on account of me, And that I be not buried in consecrated ground, And that no sexton be asked to toll the bell, And that nobody is wished to see my dead body, And that no mourners walk behind me at my funeral, And that no flowers be planted on my grave, And that no man remember me, To this I put my name.' - Thomas Hardy
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An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president. But news of the discovery has reached Russia - and suddenly Manson finds he no longer makes the rules in this power game. A game in which win or lose means life or death.

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