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Dogs of War

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#1 "New York Times "bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers an international thriller that takes readers into the darkest hearts of men and nations...
In a remote corner of the impoverished African republic of Zangaro lies Crystal Mountain. At certain times of the day, the mountain itself seems to glow with a strange light. Only the ruthless and untouchable tycoon Si...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by New American Library (first published 1974)
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Dec 14, 2013 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military fiction fans
I spent fourteen years in the U.S. Army (1986-2000). Approximately seven years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve and seven years in the Regular Army. I was eighteen when I enlisted in 1986 and I was all about the "action". I had obviously watched too many Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone movies. By the time I separated from the Army in 2000 I had come to realize a few crucial things about the military and combat operations.

1. Beans and bullets (logistics) are everything. Th...more
Jul 28, 2013 Werner marked it as read-in-condensed-versions  ·  review of another edition
In keeping with my usual practice for books I've only read in a Reader's Digest condensed version, I'm not presuming to review or rate this one. However, I do want to post an interesting background factoid. Zangara, the fictional African nation that serves as the setting here, was directly modeled on the real-life country of Equatorial Guinea, which Forsyth visited just before writing the book, and psychotic President Kimba is a fictionalized version of E.G.'s first president, Macias Nguema, who...more
Chris Ingalls
Oh, man. After almost 20 years of reading and enjoying Forsyth's globe-trotting espionage/mystery thrillers, I knew I was bound to come across a clunker, and this one's it.

In a way, this book is similar to his deservedly acclaimed "Day of the Jackal" in that in concerns the plot and execution of a serious crime for political gain. While "Jackal" is about the assassination of French President Charles De Gaulle, "Dogs of War" concerns the attempted coup d'etat of a small, fictional African countr...more
A London mining magnate plots to overthrow a small West African dictatorship in order to replace it with a puppet government and secure mineral rights and exploit its advantage in the global market. However, things never work out as you plan, for the mercenaries he hires are led by a highly intelligent officer who can smell a rat from miles away, is beloved by his team who are fiercely loyal, and has too much honor to allow some greedy jerk to exploit a poor nation just so he can add to substant...more
A classically Forsyth book The Dogs of War (or: How to take over a small West-African country with a gang of well-armed friends 101) is nine-tenths description to the reader of the meticulous planning that goes into pulling off something big and impressive. The plotting is extremely sophisticated and tension is kept high as our not-particularly-sympathetic protagonist Cat Shannon is fixed to a tight schedule by ruthless employers. The final tenth of the book is needless to say some frenetic, cha...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Interesting if dated book. I was even then fascinated by the subject matter..mercenary soldiers. I know that many will disagree, but I've never held the opinion that they are universally "evil". This is an interesting story, it hasn't stayed with me as much as say, The Day of the Jackal, but Forsyth is still one of the best ever writers of suspense, thriller, and techno thriller.
Vignesh Karthik
This book is stands apart in style and expression.The minute details of the plot, the development of the story line-explaining the meticulous planning to pull out the plot are somethings rarely seen.The authors experience as journalist covering biafra civil war is lucidly depicted throughout the book.The plot is sophisticated, complex and high in tension.The complex metaphorical analysis and connections present in the book allow the reader to better discern the sundry of indelible characters tha...more
E.D. Martin
I just spent the half of the last 20 hours or so devouring this book. I'm not an espionage/action-y book reader, but this one really pulled me in, despite the constant POV shifts. I was impressed by the detail of the politics of 1970's West Africa and the horrific averice of Western capitalists. And I'm now in love with the main character, Cat Shannon - a mercenary fighting for the good guy underdogs against the capitalist bastards, who lose in the end. The way it should be.
While many of the reviews point to an abundance of information as a downfall I find this to be the major strength of the novel. You are taken on a realistic journey by Forsythe through the shadowy thoroughly researched underworld ending in an unexpected but enjoyable climax.

If you enjoyed the details of fake passwords and the black market arms trade in "Day of the Jackal" then this book will likely be even more enjoyable.
Read this book over 30 years ago and it still is one of the few books that had such a great surprise ending I didn't see coming.
El libro de Los perros de la guerra de Frederick Forsyth (autor también de Chacal) está bastante bueno, si gustan de conocer historias como los secretos del mundo de los mercenarios en África en los años setenta y los centros de abastecimiento de armas en las principales ciudades de Europa. En lo personal, el pero que le pongo al libro (siempre hay un "pero") es que en la historia, no acontecen complicaciones sino hasta el mero final. La trama solo explica cómo se urde un plan para dar un golpe...more

Judul Asli : THE DOGS OF WAR
Copyright © Frederick Forsyth 1974
Penerbit : Serambi Ilmu Semesta
Alih Bahasa : Kristina Sundari
Editor : M. Sidik Nugroho
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Cetakan I : April 2013 ; 596 hlm
Rate : 3 of 5

“Jangan kabarkan kematianku,
Atau berduka karenaku,
Dan jangan kubur aku di tanah suci,
Jangan pula minta penjaga gereja membunyikan lonceng,
Agar tak seorang pun melihat jenazahku,
Dan jangn berkabung di belakangku pada upacara pemakamanku,
Agar tak setangkai...more

I normally like books that come with lots of details about the story and the plot. But Frederick Forsyth’s books have too much of details and sometimes you feel that it may not be worth reading all of it and it will be better if the story could move a little faster. “The Dogs of War” is one such book. It starts off very well and I liked the way story was unfolding but then it started to drag on and on and was difficult to finish in the end.

The story is about one Br...more
I've read this book a few times now and have really enjoyed it every time. It's up there with the best novels that I've ever read, and it's definitely one of the best works of action/thriller fiction ever written. It's simply superb.

The plot is excellent and quite believable, where a rich mining company has a desire to overthrow a small third world African government using a band of mercenaries, and then set up a puppet government that will allow them to exploit minerals that they have discover...more
Frederick Forsyth had unique talent to make his books page turners and put some insight even if fictional in to some quite nasty plots, which turned in to something else in the end. The Dogs of War is no exception from this. The introduction was plain in remote African state Zangaro was discovered a site when platinum could be mined. Sir James, the powerful businessmen in the City, wanted his mine, but there was obstacle in bloodthirsty dictator Kinba. How to get to the site? Easy way, made a sm...more
Venkat Ramanan
Frederick Forsyth is an Author who believes in Details, like Tom Clancy.
Whether it is The Day of the Jackal or The Dogs of War.

This book is more about the machinations of the Corporate which can even go to the extent of toppling a Government.

Forsyth makes this plausible and makes one wonder how many Governments have been formed thus!

It also deals with the morality of the issue of people Vs Corporate Greed, some times it may even benefit the people.

The detailed preparations Cat Shannon makes mak...more
Peter Sharpe
I love Forsyth - in fact, he is probably my favorite thriller writer ever. However, despite a brilliant presence - the narrative is weighed down too much with exposition and slows down in the last third.

It's a shame, as I love Forsyth's blending of fact and fiction but in this case, I found the details overtaking the plot rather than the supporting it.

Michael Diesel
I think this was a very good book. The story itself was well thought of and written very nice. It was compelling but sometimes dark, like usually a book is written in a good persons point of view. In Dogs of War, it is through the eyes of mercenaries, AKA trained killers which are not that friendly. The men are however very caring. In the beginning they secure passage for many African children on a cargo plane, the last one leaving the country. It shows that they may be killers, but they still h...more
THE DOGS OF WAR is a long and detailed novel which chronicles the take-over of a fictional African country called Zangaro. A predatory English corporate chief finds out that there exists a priceless deposit of platinum in this backward nation, and hires ex-soldier of fortune and mercenary, Carlos 'Cat' Shannon, to organize a team and depose the president so that his company can capture the wealth.
The novel is not really a thriller, but goes into exhaustive detail about how such an insurgent for...more
I enjoyed this read ... For mercenaries they were exceptionally gentlemanly in many respects ... Quite deadly ... I feel the ending was not quite as expected adding a bit of a twist to the story ...
J.G. Cully
In my opinion, this is Frederick Forsyth's best work. An exceptionally detailed and well researched look into the lives and operations of a mercenary group, right down to the fine detail. No wonder they thought it was a planning book for a real coup!

The story draws you in with the fine detail from the start. It appears at first to be an innocent discovery of oil in an african nation. But then, it take's you through the dangerous world of mercenary work as the main character recruits his troops,...more
Shane Kiely
Kind of spoiled by the fact that I've seen the film that this inspired, though it's dissimilar enough to that to be enjoyed on it's own terms. Judged purely on it's own terms it's a very dry book. Not one for fans of flowing prose & poetic imagery. Also (with the exception of the odd set-piece) not the most exciting book in terms of action. Feels more like a non fiction account than a novel. That being said the (at times overly) exhaustive descriptions of what's involved in a mercenary campa...more
Forsyth specializes in is getting all the technical details right, & that was true in this book. However, I felt the plot was predictable & the characters were cardboard.
Shannon and his men were hired to topple an African nation by a company that wished to profit from a newly found mineral deposit. The company wanted to set up a puppet government of their own and rule the country through them. Shannon, however, had ideas of his own.

Another superb book from Forsyth. This one really is a page turner as the reader is led deeper into the secretive world of the legendary mercenary era of the 60s and 70s. I really like this book because, although all the classic Forsy...more
I've read it about 20 years ago and except some boring details about how to moving money between bank accounts and corporations, found it very enjoyable.
Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the Dogs of War!
The idea is interesting, to have mercenaries to conduct a coup in a small (fictitious) country in West Africa. However, Forsyth spent too much time explaining the process in preparing the action. Well, might be useful if one wants to do the same thing in the 70s though. I felt kinda bored reading the middle part of this book. Couldn't care less about all of the business arrangements and Bond-esque love affair. Thank goodness, the last chapter was excitin...more
Bill Gustafson
Read this back in the late 70's, maybe early 80's. Actually a procedural for a coup d'etat of a small African nation. Good twist ending.
Not quite up to the standards of The Day of the Jackal or The Odessa File, but better than most modern day thrillers. Perhaps a bit too realistic (lots of descriptions of the very mundane details of procuring equipment and budgeting) and had quite the cynical outlook (which was a plus for me). The final part of the book flew by and I thought the ending was outstanding.
When the head of a British mining company finds that there is platinum that can be mined in an obscure country in Africa, he sets in motion actions that will result in a coup d’état. He keeps his plans secret except for a couple of men in his employ. One of these men acts as his agent and hires a mercenary, Cat Shannon, to implement the coup. It is all in the planning, all in the detail that borders on minutia. Forsyth makes the whole thing believable, but I was hoping for action. The action tak...more
David A.
An excellent book by an outstanding author.
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra.

The son of a furrier, Forsyth was born in Ashford, Kent. He...more
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“… Shannon’s fingers itched to smash the man in the face. Inside his head he kept telling himself,
Keep cool, baby, absolutely cool.”
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