Cry Havoc Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Simon Mann is from a strong military background. His paternal grandfather served with the Scots Guards in the Great War and his maternal grandfather served as a senior engineer in the South African Division in World War II. His father and three uncles also served in the Scots Guards in World War II, his father winning two MCs and a DSO. Born into the Mann brewing dynasty, Simon Mann went to Eton and then Sandhurst. The Scots Guards and the SAS followed. Simon then became a businessman, drifting slowly but surely into the world of security consultancy and intelligence for hire. Mann rejoined the British Army for the first Gulf War, serving on the staff of General Sir Peter de la Billiere. From there, Simon became an oil man, a move which threw him into the Angolan Civil war in 1993. This was followed by his involvement in the civil war in Sierra Leone form 1994 to 1996. In 2004, he was arrested in Zimbabwe because of his involvement in the plot to overthrow the ruling tyrant of Equatorial Guinea. Simon has seven children and now lives by the sea with his wife, Amanda.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is a penchant for lots of short, sharp sentences bundled together. Like this. Tap-tap. All staccato. In a single paragraph. To give a sense of pace. Obviously. This is OK but it needs leavening with a copywriter's artifice to make the passages flow. It is odd that his literary agent and publisher didn't do something about this. And the chronology is muddled. Thus the book is robbed of both clarity and impact. How much more vivid it could have been, dammit.
But if you like the genre, stick with it because the content saves the book. Just about. I am filled with admiration for his sense of high-risk adventure. A buccaneer on the side of the angels - more or less. I am still not completely clear as to why he didn't abort the effort on Equatorial Guinea but I guess that when you perceive that you have powerful organs of state - or states in this case - backing you, albeit implicitly, and a project gathers momentum, you pass the tipping point so there's no turning back.
Moreover, the book provides a lot of history; it is about rather more than the Equatorial Guinea debacle and some successes add a positive note to the concluding disaster.
I found his description of his time in captivity quite harrowing. Interestingly, it seems his spell in E Guinean jails was less awful than that in Zimbabwean hell-holes. Ghastly. One salutes him for coping with five and a half years' incarceration with considerable resourcefulness as well as mental resilience. And he writes movingly about his release.
Two small asides.Read more ›
Frankly this is the worst book I have read in the last decade. The prose is dispiriting and the style jumping from one topic to another reflects what I think is the reality of a greedy, intellectually challenged fool trying to string out a story to construct a book.
Strong recommendation, this book is appalling and life is too short to read this rubbish when there are millions of great books out there.
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.
Executive Outcomes: Against All Odds
WAR DOG: Fighting Other People's Wars -The Modern Mercenary in Combat
My Friend the Mercenary
Shadow Company [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this from the library -must have seen a reference somewhere. Its excellent and absorbing in so many respects. How many books by educated Mercenaries are there? Read morePublished 8 months ago by brian ingram
Before you read this review you should now I didn't read a quarter of the book, reason being its utter rubbish. Read morePublished 13 months ago by G. Davies
Good book, if not terribly exciting, bear in mind the planned coup never took place.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Riveting book by a top bloke. Time to chill Simon !. Best wishes for the futurePublished 19 months ago by Big Bear
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