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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.

©2011 Frederick Forsyth (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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Good story bad narrator

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.

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  • Yuri
  • Moscow, Russia
  • 02-14-13

As captivating as The Day of the Jackal

What did you love best about Dogs of War?

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.

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  • Andy
  • 07-15-11

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?????

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-18

Cracking tale

Masterfully written, splendidly told and with a very fine ending. Forsyth is a spellbinding writer.

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  • E. A. N. Gray
  • 02-10-18

The most boring book ever

Boring but well written, maybe just not my cup of tea. Will avoid this author in the future.

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  • PeeBee
  • 01-24-18

Always great stories

Having enjoyed reading the book when it was first published, listening to the narrative has been brilliant. Great story of its time and shows how close F.F was to the action in Africa during those troubled days.

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  • Alison
  • 09-09-17

Corking read

An absolutely superb book, read fantastically. Thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day. Highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-11-17

Dogs of War

Extremely well narrated and a pleasure to listen to on long drives. I will be purchasing more audio books from Audible.co.uk

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  • In car listener
  • 01-28-17

a couple of flaws in both the book and the reading

Where does Dogs of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Frederick Forsyth before, how does this one compare?

It's the first.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • TomMoody
  • 08-17-16

Fantastic!

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-16

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.

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  • Jason
  • 05-27-16

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.

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  • Moel Hebog
  • 01-07-18

Great Listen!!!!!

David Rintoul is the perfect narrator for Frederick Forsyth’s books. You won’t be disappointed at all.