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Cry Havoc Hardcover – November 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843584034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843584032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Mann is a British mercenary and former British Army officer. He had been serving a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d'état in 2004, before receiving a presidential pardon on humanitarian grounds in November 2009.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Warning! To all readers who have waited for this side to be told be prepared to be disappointed.
First, not sure why so many names, places, and simple facts had to be changed when many parts of this story has been told in detail before by Eeben Barlow, Jim Hooper and Al J. Venter. A specific example is the misrepresentation of the Battle of Soyo, Angola. This altering just adds to the confusion and is only compounded by the exclusion of an index.
Second, this book reads like Tom Clancy fiction with one character being at the center of all the important decisions and events. When compared to other sources some events appeared manufactured just to inject the author into the fight.
Please to all that read this book as a single source take the time to read the titles linked below. When that is done decide for yourself if this book is fact or fiction. This is not an attack just an attempt for the truth to be flushed out and passed on to others.

Bloodsong!
Executive Outcomes: Against All Odds
WAR DOG: Fighting Other People's Wars -The Modern Mercenary in Combat
My Friend the Mercenary
Shadow Company [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freudian Slip on February 6, 2013
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This is how things work. People have no idea how easy it is to take control of a poor illiterate 3rd world country. Not many people out there truly appreciate how things really get done and how small the world and people in it are. Invariably you end up knowing some of the same players in a political take down. Brings back old stories and adventures. The only way to survive is to have a great sense of humor and personal destiny when great plans go south.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Risser on January 27, 2013
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I was in the '97 Peking to Paris rally with Mann and his friend. We concluded he was some sort of hired gun, but I had no idea. I don't know how accurate his version is, but it is a gripping story. For what it is worth, he drove an Aston DB4 in the Rally. We couldn't imagine how such a car could survive the brutal roads, but Simon, his friend and the car did so.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dellaferrera on February 18, 2012
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It's really a shame that neither Simon Mann nor his ghost writer Jim Nally can write worth a damn. What could have been a fascinating account of what actually happened was thoroughly ruined by their absolute inability to narrate cogently or in an engaging manner. Their lack of talent precludes us from asking hard questions about interesting details of the operation because instead we have to spend most of our energy wincing and suppressing our gag reflex at what passes for "writing" in this collection of bound pages (calling this dreck a "book" would be far more than it deserves). Mann attended Eton and claims to have been a keen reader throughout his life, but you'd never guess it if you only knew him through his writing. His acronym-heavy descriptions make him sound like an obsessive Tom Clancy fanboy. His excessive name dropping indicates a pathological need to boost his image of himself. Essentially, "Cry Havoc" reads like a misguided attempt to emulate Frederick Forsythe on the part of a 14-year-old boy. It goes to show that having lived an interesting life (as Mann has) doesn't necessarily mean one can write about it well.

I'd really like to be able to comment on Mann's career as a soldier of fortune but unfortunately I can't because it's literally impossible to get past how appalingly bad his writing is. The worst is that this could have been avoidable. What was published as "Cry Havoc" is actually a halfway decent first draft. Adding 3 months of hard work and a talented editor to the mix would have rendered a compelling book as a result. Alas, it was not to be. Stick to planning military ops, Mr. Mann; and please let somebody else write about them afterwards. Given how often you point out the differences between professionals and amateurs in "Cry Havoc", you should have learned the very same lesson when the chance to write your story came up.
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By Timothy J Alexander on December 22, 2013
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Obviously from the heart. Seems to me he lays a solid case for truth. Glad I made the decision to read.
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This book is so good I almost wish more Etonians turned into arrested African mercenaries. It's an adrenaline page-turner with a fascinating insight into Africa's recent history and people. Mann himself comes across as a person highly sensitive to morals, Africa's injustices and to those around him. If you want to relive a fascinating account of changing peoples' lives, you should read this book.
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I didn't like the continual changing of periods in time. I thought he should either have written about the chaos of the attempted overthrow of the president of E G or write the book in the order of the events of his life as a mercenary. The section in the book about Mark Thatcher showed him to be what most people always thought he was like.
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