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The Dogs Of War [Paperback]

Frederick Forsyth
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7 April 2011

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.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099559854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099559856
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.3 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederick Forsyth is the author of a number of bestselling novels including The Day of the Jackel, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative and The Fourth Protocol. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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"What keeps you reading - absorbed, excited, fearfully tense - is its details of the plotting of the coup" (New Statesman)

"Enormous and convincing detail, and a shattering climax" (Sunday Mirror)

"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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The chilling thriller from an international bestselling phenomenon

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloomin good!! 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer
It was after I had read the book that I saw that film was going to be on television and decided to stay up until stupid o'clock in the morning. If there was ever a stupid idea, and has made me wary of Christopher Walken ever since.
If unlike me, you saw the film first and have since decided that the storyline is nothing to write home about then you need to pick up the book. Right from the outset you become close to Cat Shannon, a mercenary and a leader, and his rag tag army of specialists.
Its the traditonal setup with the heavy weapons guy being 7 feet tall and the silent assassin being a small withdrawn man. But you feel for them despite their existance relying on war and as your drawn into the world of backhanders and clandestine meetings you'll soon realise that several hours have passed.
Frederick Forsyth is very good with the english language, but it's the lengths that he goes to to research the book and it is evident that he knows more about the underworld than he should.
I have read this book twice and enjoyed it thoroughly both times although I wouldn't say it was as good as "The Negotiator" or "The Devil's Alternative", both by the same author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worlds longest to do list. 5 Feb 2013
By bajd123
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Forsyth's work but this really is one of the worst and most misguided thrillers I have ever read. It is one long shopping list of events that range from the staggeringly dull to the only very mildly interesting. Endless chapters pass as Shannon wanders from one country to the next doing bank transfers. You could easily skip a good eighty percent of this book and not even notice, read the first three to four chapters and then skip to the last few in the reasonable expectation that when a mercenary is hired to do a job he will set about preparing for that job in a normal, logical and straightforward fashion...which he does.
Joyless, dull and thoroughly uninspired.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Forsyth's reputation of in depth research was more or less founded with this book. It came as a fictionalised version of, and utilising most of the research that went into The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend. This explains the author's uncanny knowledge of arms trading and smuggling as well as of outside financed mercenary expeditions - it would in some way be a shame not to use the knowledge in a novel afterwards. The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend, while excellent, was never likely to draw as wide a readership.

I agree with the other reviewers that most of the book gets dedicated to the in depth planning and organising of the operation and that the 'action' bit is relatively brief towards the end. Without revelaing too much, the ending does come with an interesting twist - again very much a result of what the author would have hoped for in the case of the original Biafra situation. For pure suspense and gripping action this book scores about average.

On the other hand it has a strong normative political message, which is an added bonus and for someone who likes their novels meticulously researched rather than off the cuff this is still a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manual 14 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a manual on how best to go about a coup d'etat, as I was, this is the smart choice and that's what this book feels like, an in depth explanation of the processes involved, from the seed of greed that instigates the idea to the final execution. Reminded me of journalistic writing however, very informed but at the culmination, lacking that sense of the subjective experience.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Platiniuim and a coup powered by mercenaries. 30 Jun 2000
By A Customer
The discovery of a Platinium in a remote republic in Africa sets Sir James Manson thinking. A ruthless man, he wants it all and more. Cat Shannon, a mercenary is dispatched to the country to carry out a study of the defenses of the capital and the palace where the President lives.
And so unfolds an audacious tale, as Manson prepares a mercenary force to launch a coup in the country and place a deposed general as the new president. At the same time he intends to scam his shareholders and bolster his personal fortunes. But he has not reckoned for a mercenary with brains. At the same time, a rival mercenary is gunning for Shannon, hoping that his death will place this particular coup contract in his hands. The meticulous preparation by Shannon forms the highlight of the book as he shops in Europe for guns and ammunation, bazookas and mortar bombs.
The actual climax of the coup and the twist at the end are typical Forsyth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read from the master of the genre 2 Sep 2011
By Leo
Format:Kindle Edition
Forsyth has been a major author for 40 years now and completely changed the rules for thriller writers. The amount of research he put into his early books was immense and it shines through in the text. Everything from providing an explanation of how to get a passport issued in a false name (Day of the Jackel) to purchasing weapons through the criminal underworld (Dogs of War).

These days you can open up any Tom Clancy and find a detailed breakdown of how illegal immigrants or terrorists get across the US border (for example) but Forsyth was the first and is still the Master. It has been said that this book was used as a template for real life mercs planning a coup in Africa and once you've read it you will see why.

So far, so Boy's Own. The story is a little dated now but still very strong and plausible. If another author had written this it would be twice as long but Forsyth understands the importance of brevity. He doesn't waste any words, moves the plot along at a cracking pace and holds the reader's attenton through to the end. Some of the characters could do with a little more depth but they are strong enough to support the story. Forsyth sketches out the world of big business, plots and coups and the underworld with considerable skill and moves the reader rapidly along to the final twist in the tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring shopping list
Turgid stuff. Reading about a shopping trip described in painstaking detail is not much fun. The action was miniscule at the end and although good was not worth the long trudge... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dymphna samarji
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book is 100% better than the poorly made film
Published 1 month ago by A. Winsley-wisniewski
5.0 out of 5 stars blythview
a delight to read , well written , great story . I had forgotten how good Fred is at this writing business.
Published 2 months ago by blythview
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
One of the great reads from a master story teller. Even after reading this several times over the years, the first time while on a plane flying down to Southern Africa (Rhodesia). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darryl Beckett
4.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded guide to how to coup a country
A good thriller about a mercenary unit hired to wrest control of a fictional african country. For once, the fictional country is actually somewhat believable and not just a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Forsyth's best
Poor effort. 90% is planning the operation - often in very tedious detail. The characters are dreadfully cliched and one dimensional. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kwev
2.0 out of 5 stars let down
I felt let down by this book. I usually enjoy the author's work, but this time it there was too much effort spent in explaining the stage by stage set up of the attack. Read more
Published 10 months ago by donald montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
This is definitely one of my all time favourites. Forsyth's meticulous research into mercenaries of the day makes the book a Classic masterpiece. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Martin B
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dogs of War
Although I first read this book many, many years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again, it is a well written book with plenty of pace. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gualchos
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