The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a remote corner of Zangara, a small republic in Africa, lies Crystal Mountain. At certain times of the day the mountain emits a strange glow. Only Sir James Manson knows why. The mountain contains ten billion dollars worth of the world's most valuable mineral, platinum.
Now the only question is, how to get hold of it. Sir James knows how. Invade the country with a band of savage, cold-blooded mercenaries. Topple the government and set up a puppet dictatorship. Unleash the dogs of war.
I've read this book a few times now and have really enjoyed it every time. It's up there with the best novels that I've ever read, and it's definitely one of the best works of action/thriller fiction ever written. It's simply superb.
The plot is excellent and quite believable, where a rich mining company has a desire to overthrow a small third world African government using a band of mercenaries, and then set up a puppet government that will allow them to exploit minerals that they have discovered there. The story of setting up the private army and how they go about getting hold of the weapons, etc. is fantastic and makes you wonder how the author knows so much about it.
Great ending too that would be a spoiler if I went into it any further, but I will say that it's kind of 'bittersweet' but rather satisfying and brings the story to a satisfactory close.
All in all, a fantastic book and one that I'll probably read a few more times yet.
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