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Congo Mercenary Audiobook

Congo Mercenary

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Publisher's Summary

Col. Mike Hoare tells how his force of mercenaries, 5 Commando, put down a Comunist-backed rebel uprising in the Congo. As they restored law and order, town by town, he and his men freed 1,800 nuns and priests. His men also learned what it means to be real soldiers.

©1967 Mike Hoare (P)2012 Mike Hoare

What the Critics Say

"This well-written and well-illustrated book gives an accurate and useful account of the military response to the [Congolese] rebellion." (The Daily Telegraph)

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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 09-11-15
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 09-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "War in the Congo"

    Interesting listen for those with an interest in the African Brush Wars of the 60s. The book covered a lot of ground and was often a little light on operational specifics. But, that very well could have been because there were few operational specifics. Narrated by Colonel Hoare himself (Irish with a bit of Afrikaans thrown in) which made clarity a challenge.

    Africa was high adventure for those participating.

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    grossmaj@milwaukee.tec.wi.us Milwaukee, WI 04-11-13
    grossmaj@milwaukee.tec.wi.us Milwaukee, WI 04-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible detail on a little known subject"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone interested in African "Bush" Wars or counterinsurgency in general should read Hoare's works. Congo Mercenary provides detailed accounts of the campaigns and politics of his years in the Congo in the early to mid-1960s. Hoare's storytelling is conversational, and while his ideals may seem outdated his observations are acute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hoare's descriptions of his leadership and how he developed 5 Commando into a fighting unit.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Hoare’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Congo Mercenary is the most action-packed and detailed of Hoare's works. It goes into detail about the planning and execution of all of the campaigns that Hoare participated in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was excellent, and I will be returning to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    There's also a great portrait of a young Mobutu, on the verge of seizing power in the Congo. So many of the portraits of Mobutu have been of the aging strong-man desperately holding onto power, this was an interesting contrast.

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    Kenneth A. Avin Jr. Rebel in SC!!!!! 09-02-14
    Kenneth A. Avin Jr. Rebel in SC!!!!! 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent True Story about the Congo Crisis!!!!"
    What did you love best about Congo Mercenary?

    The fact that the book is read by the author who wrote/lived it, he gives the right inflections at the points where action is really tense. He is a great spinner of tales!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Congo Mercenary?

    A point when a Belgian mercenary who had given Col. Hoare trouble before was convicted of murdering a young boy of the Simba Rebel group. When the colonel realized what had happened and who had committed the murder, he "dispatched him from this world" immediately!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Mike Hoare’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any of his other recordings, but will look for them now.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His tears even though he was a hard fighting man of war. This happens many times in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will be interesting to anyone who is interested in warfare, African history, colonialism, Cold War politics, or dispelling the myth about mercenaries/guns for hire, that they only do it for the money!!!! A great story all around.

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    "Fascinating account of war in the Congo"

    Superbly narrated, this is a genuinely fascinating account of events in the Congo, during a time of massive civil unrest and upheaval. A detailed account of the plight of the Congolese, and the events of the mercenary force and their fight with the communist backed rebels.

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