About the book

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Frederick Forsyth says about the Mike Hoare biography:

“I found this book a cracking read and recommend it to those who want to miss a night’s sleep.”

The biography is now available in two options:

  1. A ‘leatherbound’ edition of 100 numbered copies – all signed by Mike Hoare and Chris Hoare. Price US$ 249 plus about $24 to courier to your door in many parts of the world. About 30 numbers of all sorts have gone. Use the Contact tab to get in touch with Chris Hoare, and give your town, postal code and country, for an exact courier quote.
  2. The softcover is available in bookshops in South Africa (about R405), and intermittently in the UK and Ireland (about £20); and from various UK online outlets eg Foyles and Waterstones, also intermittently. Also from Chris Hoare for $28 plus courier (about $24). Use the Contact tab to get in touch, and say which town and country you are in for a courier quote.

Other items for sale include:  A recent photo of Mike Hoare with the Legend book, signed by him, only 60 made, $25. A box set of all Mike Hoare’s seven books, soft cover and new, all signed by him, $220 or R3000 plus courier.

A few new copies of Mike’s books, signed by him, are available individually: Three Years with Sylvia R380 or $30; The Seychelles Affair R450 or $36; The Road to Kalamata R410 or $33; Congo Warriors R530 or $42; Adventures in Africa R410 or $33. This offer will not be repeated.

In 1964-1965 Colonel Mike Hoare led 300 ‘Wild Geese’ across the Congo to crush a communist rebellion, rescue 2000 nuns and priests from barbarity, beat Che Guevara … and become a legend.

Of Irish blood, Mike was schooled in England and, during World War 2, was the ‘best bloody soldier in the British Army’. He demobbed as major, qualified in London as a chartered accountant and emigrated to South Africa.

Going rogue, he started living dangerously to get more out of life, including trans-Africa motorbike trips, bluewater sailing, exploring remote areas, and leading safaris in the Kalahari Desert. Here Mike got to know the CIA agent who was to change his life … and Nelson Mandela’s. Later Mike was technical advisor to the film The Wild Geese, which starred Richard Burton playing the Mike Hoare character.

In 1981 Mike led 50 ‘Frothblowers’ in a bid to depose the socialist government of the Seychelles. Things went wrong and soon Mike was to spend three years in jail for hijacking a Boeing 707.

The Legend book:  Here for the first time, in this story behind the story, Chris Hoare separates the man from the myth in a way only a son can, and concludes his ‘mad dad’ was an officer and a gentleman with a bit of pirate thrown in.

The book is 229 x 152 mm (9×6″) and has 320 pages. Additionally, there are 89 photographs, half of which in colour, all printed on gloss art paper; the book includes seven maps, family tree, glossary, index, bibliography, three appendices and 198 references.

To get more info, or order

For details about prices and payment method, please send a message to Chris Hoare using the Contact tab. Please say which country and city/town you are in. We will quote you.