“If there is just one non-fiction book you read in the next year, make sure it is ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend. Mike’s son has meticulously captured the extraordinary life and times of Hoare Senior, now 99 and living in Durban. It’s a fascinating biography, a rollicking read that kept my bedside light burning into the wee hours and which had me absolutely riveted.”
“Many Irishmen have made a mark on history but few as profound as Mike Hoare – a name that carries many tags: soldier, legend, ‘Mad Mike’, mercenary commander, saviour of nuns, Congo, yachtsman, Seychelles coup, author, and gentleman. This is the story of a man born to a life of adventure and soldiering. It is also a story of perseverance, honour, and changing lives, while living dangerously. Read it – it won’t disappoint you!”
“Mike Hoare got more out of life by living dangerously but he was also a gentleman adventurer. Like me, he fell under Africa’s spell. A rollicking good read.”
Al J. Venter – author of Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary as well as War Dog: Fighting Other People’s Wars.
“I have spent time with Dogs of War on three continents. In the process I have met most of the major players, but none have matched either the panache or the drive of the best freelance soldier of them all, ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare. His son Chris, charged with writing this complete biography of ‘The Legend’, has come up trumps. I found The Legend exceptionally well written. Chris has handled his father’s story with remarkable clarity and insight.”
Graham Linscott writing in The Mercury, 23 July 2018. Durban, South Africa.
“This biography provides a fascinating insight to the turmoil of the Congo, also to the character of Hoare himself who personifies the well-mannered British officer class with a layer of scholarship and erudition on top of that. You could not imagine anything further from the low-grade, cut-throat mercenary. What also comes through is Hoare’s restless pursuit of adventure, whether in military conflict, yachting, visits to remote wild spots or motorcycling the length of Africa.”