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The Dogs of War Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1982

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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.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (October 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553268465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553268461
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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dont miss reading this book, its terrific and gives you insights you would never expect, a can't put down book that has bit of everything in it, I sure do reccommend it all Forsyth writes fascinating books, don't miss any of them
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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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There are numberless tiresome paperback "action novels" about mercenaries. Most of these are fairly predictable and very comicbook-like in their quality. This is not one of them!

Mr. Forsyth, who actually researched what he writes about, has created a very realistic scenario of a modern-day mercenary action, and the powers that be that brought it about.

A geologist finds evidence of massive ore-deposits in a typically unstable African republic (its description is very much like Liberia) whose major industry is mining. A British corporation has mining interests already in country, and wants to capitalize off of this find. However, the current president, is a corrupt and eccentric despot of questionable sanity...and he is favoring political and economic ties with the Soviet Union. The solution: the British corporation hires a team of professional free-lance soldiers to stage a coup, and put a new president in place, one who will favor the corporate interest!

The major part of the story is the complex procedures in which the mercenary team makes its preparations in a year prior to the action, emphasizing secrecy. The actual action on objective is short, sharp and decisive...but with an outcome that the corporate sponsor didn't quite expect!
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