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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Good story, but the narrator David Rintoul spoiled the book for me. He swallows his words as a sentence gets longer and then he starts whispering. Sometimes he speaks so softly as to be 'in-Audible'. Must be the worst performer in my library.
Forsyth is a mastermind of a political thriller forcing the reader to imagine the unimaginable and believe it. The book is worth every page and as captivating as The Day of the Jackal.
"Forsyth at his best!"
I have been waiting for this book for years and have not been disappointed.
The Dogs of War is gripping, immensely enjoyable and excellently narrated by David Rintoul. Worth every penny!
Mr Forsyth at his best and I would recommend it to anyone.
Can we have an unabridged recording of the Day of the Jackal please! Pretty please?????
"a couple of flaws in both the book and the reading"
Pretty good. Rintoul is good at accents, but not so good at individual characters within an accent - some of the British characters merged into each other, especially during conversations between Shannon & Endean for example. However, his reading of the firefight & battle near the end of the book was excellent and intense.
It's the first.
As mentioned above Rintoul is very good at portraying nationalities via accent - and this book spans the globe so that's a good thing. He also dropped the dry matter-of-fact delivery that suits a Forsyth book in favour of a fast-paced and tense style near the end, which was also very good.
I found myself caught up in the climax of the book, even though I've read the book so knew what was going to happen.
The novel is the British reading, not the American print. There are some very minor plot differences between the two imprints, and as British terms are used throughout, it may confuse some American listeners.
The novel itself has a few plot holes; the intelligent Endean completely overlooking the unbelievable coincidence of Shannon "just happening to meet" Manson's daughter - even the circumstances in which Shannon does meet Julie, and Shannon's ultimate fate (which I'll not spoil for those who've not read the book) having no effect on his performance throughout the entire story. But hey - that's fiction.
Frederick Forsyth has an incredible talent for giving a precise description of the preparations and execution of a mission and for producing intruiging plots: demonstrated by this book.
"Weak for a Forsyth novel"
Compared to the other Forsyth books I have read this one seemed less engaging, a less expansive story. I never really felt any empathy for any character. There are better Forsyth novels out there.
"Forsyth is a great storyteller."
Basically a handbook to staging a coup. A good yarn with just enough detail to fascinate. Well performed too. The politics is a bit dated but revealing for its time.
An enjoyable story with a nice twist at the end. Read well at good listening pace. Ideal to listen in the on those annoying rush hour traffic
"Excellent, slow burning thriller"
A Classic Forsyth novel, takes its time to build up the setting, story and the characters so you really get involved in what is going on. As ever, excellently well written and researched. David Rintoul's narration is, in my opinion, the best out there and I was gripped after a fairly slow start. By the end I felt that that all the build up was worth it. Not one for action fans but still a very taut and tense book. Very good
"Great story creating superb visuals in the head"
Superb narration and as I don't have time to "read" having young kids and travelling loads, this was great.
Great twist at the end and Spanish Harlem!
David riotoul is a GOD! Surely Richard Burton's love child!
Such excellent diction and a great voice actor painting a wonderful verbal canvass in the head
"The Dogs of War"
Its an old story, but the message about the self serving power which extreme wealth can bring remains as meaningful today as when it was written.
"All talk no action."
If your looking for an action book then this is not one. More to do with mission preparation than carrying it out.I felt like I had learn more about accounting and business practices than combat.
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