This is an extremely well written book by a Great Journalist with insiders experience of the 'circuit'. Anybody wanting to join this colourful world could look for no better introduction. Geraghty covers the role of Hired Guns all over the African theatre, the Middle Eastern and Latin theatres over the last 40 years.
He gives a well balanced portrait of the characters involved in this dangerous world. There are clearly villains and psychopaths, but there are also courageous and honourable men to be found; who finding a cause often pay with their lives for it.
This book analyses the likely future of this burgeoning industry of Privatised War and the direction it takes is ultimately going to clash significantly with legislation and regulation at some point in the future. The days of Mad Mike Hoare and Blackwater having a free hand will be under increasing pressure to accept regulation, as they take on greater roles in the World Policing Job they have found themselves in.
Fascinating for its stories from so many conflicts, rich in characters and strong on analysis, its a book well worth reading.