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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (September 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553268465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553268461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A super thriller. . .as instantly  enthralling as the day of the  Jackal."--Publishers Weekly.


"There is  no doubt about it. Frederick Forsyth can write  spellbinders."--Bestsellers.

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"A super thriller. . .as instantly enthralling as the day of the Jackal."--Publishers Weekly.

In a remote corner of Zangaro, a small republic in Africa, lies Crystal Mountain. At certain times of the day the mountain emits a strange glow. Only Sir James Manson knows why. The mountain contains ten billion dollar's worth of the world's most valuable mineral, platinum. "Not only exciting but truly surprising"--Atlantic. Now the only question is, how to get hold of it. Sir James knows how. Invade the country with a band of savage, cold-blooded mercenaries. Topple the government and set up a puppet dictatorship. Unleash the dogs of war.

"There is no doubt about it. Frederick Forsyth can write spellbinders."--Bestsellers.


More About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the author of fifteen novels and short-story collections. He lives in England.

Customer Reviews

This is one of those books I read and reread over again.
A reader
There is enough material for one of FF's short stories, but the endless descriptions to expand this to full length are largely unnecessary and mostly uninteresting.
Paul
There is a good amount of action and details that are interesting.
John G. Hilliard

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on May 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
The time: the early 60's. Successive British governments are shedding their empire. The place: Africa where regimes are emerging through barbarism and chaos. Mercenaries are fighting on all sides. Some work for the highest bidders and some work for leaders they believe will bring stability, justice, and freedom. Mercenary Cat Shannon, former royal marine, is on one of the last planes out. His side has been overrun.

In the African hills of Zangaro, a British miner takes soil samples in the belief that it holds copper, but the samples reveal a rich deposit of the rarest ore in the world--platinum.

Once his employer discovers the real value, he hatches a scheme to get the mining rights. He will hire mercenaries to overthrow the regime and install a puppet who will give him the mineral rights to the mountain. Reenter, Cat Shannon who is hired to do the job.

Shannon recruits the best. He knows how to gather what he needs in secret, getting large sums of money out of the country, and acquiring the weapons and equipment he will need without arousing suspicion, fending off jealous competitors, but he has to speed up the operation.

His employer discovers the Soviets have also found out about the platinum and are sending a ship of surveyors and mining experts of their own, and the current Zangaro regime is far more inclined to do business with them. It has become a race against time.

Shannon and his men land off the coast and begin their operation, but there is a twist that even his employer did not count on. It is worthwhile reading this book to find out.

Forsythe manages to introduce an amazing amount of detail about mining, finance, smuggling and Africa to the point that you believe he is expert in each. He weaves these details into a story that builds with suspense and intrigue. The climax, as usual, will surprise you.

Cry Havoc! Let slip the Dogs of War. But, don't let the book slip away from your shelf.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on May 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A routine analysis of an African Republic's mountain's ore content uncovers a motherlode of one of the most rare metals on the planet, platinum. However the African Republic's government is a ruthless dictatorship, rabidly anti-western and pro-communist. Facts that do not intimidate Sir James Manson, chairman/managing director of Manson Consolidated Mining Company Limited, in the least. Not surprising when, even at dirt cheap prices, the mountain is worth ten billion dollars. Eager to snag the mining rights, Manson quickly sets forth a rather unique plan. Hire mercenaries to help overthrow the government, replace it with a pro-west puppet dictator, have a shell company buy up the mining rights to the mountain, have ManCon buy the shell company, and rake in the cash by the basket full. Easier planned than done, as others quickly get their eyes on the same prize.
Frederick Forsyth narrates with a reporter's deadpan voice and backs up the seemingly outlandish story with a huge amount of detail that makes it all seem credible. While the book does crackle with energy and keeps the pages turning, it lacked that something special to lift it up above the average page turner. But fans of Cold War era Men of Adventure tales will be sure to love this, recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amazing research needed for this, great how it all knits together. Good surprises and plot twists, very good ending. Not his best but definitley better than the opposition. No wonder it takes Forsyth on average 5 years to produce a novel, keeps everybody on tenderhooks waiting for the next brilliant book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on February 21, 2004
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I think this is an interesting read even if it a novel. I read this after a reference to this book in a news story about the coup de etat in the island nation of Comorros. At that time, some South African mercenaries overthrew the crazed rule of the African ruler of Comorros. That is where the reference to the Dogs of War was made.
One of the previous reviewers thought it was bad for Forsyth to spend so much space on how the coup was organized. The procurement of all the arms with the export license was very fascinating. What Forsyth revealed was that coups could be done privately witout the knowledge of governments. One only had to know how to procure and organize for the overthrow of a government. I think Forsyth did this well.
This is an interesting read. This may not be on the level of his previous books, but it is still a good read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Inkslave on October 14, 2005
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I re-read this book every couple of years. Sometimes I buzz through the parts about Swiss bank account transfers and customs-house forms. Other times I drink in all those technical details like a foaming schooner of Flemish ale. Depends on your mood, I guess. Regardless, I always savor the action sequences, which are relayed in splendid detail, and Forsyth's unique brand of gallows humor.

This is about how one man sets up and carries out a coup d'etat, dollar by dollar, bullet by bullet. It it not just a shoot-em-up, and those who wish to read such a book should go elsewhere. But for those who savor the details, and camaraderie shared among wild geese in an Ostend bar at the end of a good day's scheming and plotting, this book is one in a million.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By snowy on April 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the mercenary counterpart to what is an anatomy to an assassionation in the Day of the Jackal.
A closely-guarded secret discovery of rich platinum deposits in the Crystal Mountains in a tiny African state led a British entrepreneur Manson to finance a coup in the state to obtain control of the deposit. Keeping himself anonymous and working only with 2 greed-motivated underlings, Manson sought out a notable mercenary leader Cat Shannon who just returned from an unsuccessful mission from Africa.
Unwilling to be pawn to an unseen mastermind, Shannon initiated his own counter-espionage to learn more about his paymaster and the interest in the apparently insignificant African state. To add spice to the game, the Russians, who had the major influence in the state, also learned that a British survey completed several months before in the Crystal Mountains which reported no significant tin deposits (the original object of the survey) may not have been completely truthful ...
The start of the tale focus on the cat-and-mouse game Manson and his underlings played to keep their discovery a secret while trying to launch a military takeover, finding the suitable men to fight and another to be the puppet head. The middle of the tale looks at the mercenary acquiring, financing and transporting the necessary hardware from various sources in Europe. The narration is well-detailed, showing for the right price, anything can be bought from the street hoodlums or from the your own government.
Manson and his underlings were well-constructed, appearing to be more mercenary than the soldiers of fortune.
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