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The Dogs of War | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Dogs of War

Knocking off a bank or an armored truck is merely crude. Knocking off an entire republic has, I feel, a certain style." So says mining magnate Sir James Manson, a shadowy titan of London's financial district, who is scheming a coup d'état in the small West African dictatorship of Zangaro, where a secret source of platinum lies waiting to be exploited.
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"Knocking off a bank or an armored truck is merely crude. Knocking off an entire republic has, I feel, a certain style." So says mining magnate Sir James Manson, a shadowy titan of London's financial district, who is scheming a coup d'état in the small West African dictatorship of Zangaro, where a secret source of platinum lies waiting to be exploited.

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.

©1974 Danesbrook Productions Limited; (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-24-10
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-24-10 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "Definitely not Forsyth's Best"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Burch 05-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Another fantastic Forsyth experience"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 11-15-13
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "Another great book from Forsyth"

    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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Forsyth's Best"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harl Muskego, WI, United States 11-21-09
    Harl Muskego, WI, United States 11-21-09
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    "Barking Dogs would have been preferred!"

    I am avid reader and fan of Forsyth but this reading of his book is by far the worst narration of a book I have come across since becoming a member. It is read in monotone and without emotion.
    I have read the books before I buy them from Audible and have never been disappointed in the past, until this one. Davidson's narration is the worst. Giving this one star is far too many.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Berlin, MA, United States 10-18-14
    Peter Berlin, MA, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An Acquired Taste, But Well Worth Acquiring"

    Frederick Forsyth is, of course, an outstanding author. There is nothing that I can say to prove his talent more than what he himself has written. Genius.

    Instead, I need to say just a word about the narration and performance.

    Frederick Davidson has a distinctive style, and at first his narration can feel a bit off-putting. He is not the standard narrator, and his approach can at first feel like a bored Cambridge lecturer. But give him a chance, and you will discover something new and interesting.

    Davidson's dialog is first-rate, with excellent character voice and truly evocative timing and tone, and his accents are fluid and authentic. He is an accomplished story-teller, and breathes a new view and pacing into an already solid text.

    Frederick Davidson is certainly an acquired taste, like a good bottle of red. It might take a bit to adjust, but you will be glad for the move after the first half-glass. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 06-23-09
    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 06-23-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another great book by Frederick Forsyth"

    I have enjoyed all of Frederick Forsyth's books . They combine a great story and historical facts surrounding each story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-27-09
    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator is doing us a favor"

    This has to be one of the worse narrators. He acts like he is doing us a favor ready the book. When in narration mode (versus dialogue) he literally graons and takes deep breaths as if bored to death. As for the book, good story line but poor narration takes so much away from it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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