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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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.
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.
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....
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 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.
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.
I have listened to many, many Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, JP Beaumont stories, as well as most of the work of Tom Clancy and several Nelson Demille. The reader is indeed different , and I enjoyed his UK accent. The business of acquiring arms , the descriptions are quite detailed , but were interesting to me , though some listeners will complain. If you are looking for a bit of a different approach , I recommend Dogs of War
No, it was not what I expected. Way too much build up for little payoff. I rarely say that movies are better than the books they are based off of, but I enjoyed the cinematic version of this novel better.
Most of part three.
First of all I am a big fan of mercenary non-fiction and fiction. I also love political/ espionage/ military thrillers and have read a lot of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, and Brad Taylor. If you are looking for a tense thriller with lots of twists and turns along with well paced action, this book is probably not for you. While The Dogs of War held my attention most of the time, I was put off by the amount of detail that Forsyth goes into.
About 90% of the book reads like "Accountant Simulator '72" while the final 10% is an action scene that feels like it ends before it begins. I realize that Forsyth had personal experience with the conflicts in Africa during the '70s and that he tries to express this in his novel. Some of the passages where he goes into detail about certain conflicts and real life mercs are very interesting because he intertwines the fictional characters with the real life events that took place in the Congo.
Overall I would have been more interested in a fictional account of the day to day lives of a mercenary in the bush or spending more time learning about the conflict Cat and his team participated in before the start of the novel. Attention to detail can be a very good thing, in the case of The Dogs of War I feel that it detracted from the novel. If you go into it expecting a slower paced novel rather than a thriller, you should enjoy it.
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.
I have enjoyed all of Frederick Forsyth's books . They combine a great story and historical facts surrounding each story line.
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