Mike Hoare believed in

Living Dangerously

Mike Hoare was a gentleman adventurer who believed you get more out of life by living dangerously – and he lived for 100 years.

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BBC story about Mad Mike on YouTube

‘Mad Mike’ was an

Officer, gentleman … and pirate

‘Mad Mike’ was a gentleman adventurer whose military brilliance and anti-communist beliefs took him into the heart of darkness, the Congo. With 300 Wild Geese he crushed a rebellion, beat Che Guevara … and became a Legend.

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Francis Drake,
my hero

“I wish I had been born in the time of Sir Francis Drake, out robbing the Spaniards. You brought the gold back to the queen, and she made you a knight. You were respectable, even though you were a thief!” – Mike Hoare

Model Ship

About the book

“I found this book a cracking read and recommend it to those who want to miss a night’s sleep.”
Frederick Forsyth, author of ‘Dogs of War’ and ‘The Day of the Jackal'

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.
Father and son

Look what you get:

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.

A Collector's Treasure

The ‘leatherbound’ edition of 100 numbered copies – signed by Mike Hoare and Chris Hoare - is sold exclusively through this site.
The softcover is available in bookshops in South Africa, and intermittently in the UK and Ireland; and from various UK online outlets such as Foyles and Waterstones, also intermittently. Or order through this website.

Wild Geese

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.

Living Dangerously

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.

Years Behind Bars

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.
Newspaper clip

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Chris Hoare

Chris Hoare

Chris Hoare is the eldest son of Mike Hoare. He was educated at one of the top private schools in South Africa, Michaelhouse, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Natal in South Africa.

Chris spent most of his working life in journalism of different kinds and was thus the ideal person to distil Mike Hoare’s unusual life of adventure into what the acclaimed novelist Frederick Forsyth describes as “a cracking read”.

With unique access to Mike and his story, it took Chris about 12 years, working between times, to research and write this authoritative biography which separates the man from the myth.

Radio &

Podcast Links.

Interviews and News Reports about Mike Hoare, from around the world.

The Team House

Chris Hoare chats in-depth in this video interview with Jack Murphy and Dave Park of The Team House. Watch here

Renegade Report

Chris spent almost an hour in conversation with Roman Cabarnac on the Renegade Report podcast. Listen here

Tales Less Told

Unconventional lives in Africa & beyond. Chris Hoare discusses the extraordinary life of his father, 'Mad Mike' Hoare. Listen here

Last Word

BBC Radio 4 Podcast about the mercenary leader known as 'Mad Mike' Hoare. Listen here

Overnight ...

On 2GB Australia's "Overnight with Michael McLaren", Chris Hoare joins Michael to talk about the extraordinary life of his father. Listen here

Force for Hire

Some of the stories Chris Hoare tells on this episode of Force for Hire are not for the fainthearted. Listen here