About the book

Frederick Forsyth says about the Mike Hoare book:

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

The book is now available in a ‘leatherbound’ edition of 100 numbered copies – all signed by Mike Hoare and Chris Hoare. About 30 numbers of all sorts have gone, so best get in quick if you want a low number. Use the Contact tab to get in touch, and say which country you are in.

The softcover is available in bookshops in South Africa, the UK and Ireland; and from various online outlets eg Foyles and Waterstones.

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.

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.

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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.