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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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 through this site. Just go to Contact and fill in the form, and we will quote you.

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.

How to get a copy

From Amazon or Books2Read, but copies of the softcover edition of The Legend are available in bookshops in South Africa, and from bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Or order a ‘leatherbound’ copy through this website – just go to Contact and fill in the form and we will quote you. Buyers in South Africa, click here.

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A selection of Mike Hoare items from our shop.
The Legend - Leatherbound
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Reflections from reviewers, journalists, authors and endorsers who have enjoyed "The Legend".

Are you selling 5 Cdo memorabilia?

Chris Hoare is a buyer of 5 Commando military memorabilia such as the patches shown, but also of photographs, documents, badges, epaulettes, berets ... just about anything. Top prices paid. Use the Contact tab to get in touch.

Chris Hoare
Chris Hoare

Chris Hoare

When you know a man for 70 years, you know him good and proper. And then, when it takes 12 years working between times to research and write a biography on the man, with his co-operation, you can be sure that the work is authoritative. And accurate.

Chris Hoare is the eldest son of Mike Hoare. Mike sent him to the best schools and to university in South Africa. Chris then took a gap year. It lasted for ten years and then he settled into a career in journalism of different sorts. He 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".

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 Cabanac 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