The man selected to plan and carry out the sack of Zangaro is Cat Shannon, a 33-year-old Anglo-Irishman from Nigeria. If the goal is clear, the means are not, for there are no up-to-date manuals on overthrowing governments by force. By the time he has set forth this sinister venture in all its ramifications, Frederick Forsyth has fashioned that manual and given us a classic of terror and enthrallment.
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Outstanding audiobook. I truly enjoyed it. The characters were wonderful and as usual the ending has a twist. The plot starts a little slow, and the ending is a little sad, but I loved it. I hope he continues to publish and audible continues to carry his work. I disagree with the other review, I thought the narration was well done. The same narrator has done some of his other work which I also enjoyed. Overall, I think if you like his other stuff you will enjoy this.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
This is my 11th Forsyth novel. Before I proceed, let me say that I would recommend virtually every one of Forsyth's books. He is a GREAT author - Day of the Jackal and The Fourth Protocol are two of the best suspense/espionage novels written. His short stories in "The Veteran" and "No Comebacks" are also fantastic.
However, this is, without question, the least of all of Forsyth's novels. I believe that the reason is simple - probably 60% of hte book revolves around the mundane purchase of illegal arms, hiring of mercenaries and sailors, and making sailing arrangements. Not too exciting.
While there are a few undercurrents (including an assassination attempt), this book just didn't hold my interest like the others.
I must say that I don't recoomend this book, however, I must also say that this is the ONLY Forstyh book that I wouldn't recommend. There are other great Forsyth books on Audible (The Avenger, No Comebacks, The Day of the Jackal and The Afghan) - and I highly reccommend them all. But unless you're a diehard Forsyth fan and want to read everything he's written, you may want to pass on this one.
In my opinion, one of his top three works. Outstanding in every respect. Forsyth's description of the African brush wars in the 60's and early 70's is spot on.
I have been intrigued by Equatorial Guinea, the book's Zangaro, since I visited the country on a UN mission 20 years ago, and more so 10 years afterward when I learned that Mark Thatcher had attempted a copycat coup 10 years there after. The Dogs of War is wholly satisfying and engrossing above expectations. In the Audible version I loved the narrator's arrogant, know-it-all performance, just as you would expect Shannon himself to speak. The twist of the tale vindicates the nasty mercenary as a decent man after all. Great listening.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
I recently bought and listen to "The Cobra"...it has been some time since I read some of the authors books...but having read this many years ago...decided to do it again...this time listen and not read.....it is just as good the 2nd time around....
This is the blue print for a real Coup d'état, and should be taken very seriously.
Plot is intriguing paced well and clear.
No super solders in this Novel, just an account of what real fighting men, or mercenaries would be like.
Towards the end you can't put this down...you have to finish it.
Try ICON next.
Mr. Forsyth has nailed it again. The level of detail and planning was perfect. Leaving no questions unanswered when the story was done. Give the narrator a chance. His voice and dialect are very fitting for the book.
I am a big fan of Fred's since "Day of the Jackal"
Before Audible I read everything he penned.
I feel the novel was better than the reading and the movie with Christopher Walken was over the top!
Unless you are die hard fan you might not enjoy the precision planing that overwhelms the story.
It was good to hear Forsyth read in a crisp British accent. Unfortunately the narrator otherwise did a very poor job reading. Sentences were frequently butchered with un-punctuated halts and the indecipherable reading of foreign terms was disappointing.
Manson's explaining the coup to his two junior associates...
Cry Havoc! And let slip the Dogs of War
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