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The Dogs of War

By: Frederick Forsyth
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
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"Knocking off a bank or an armored truck is merely crude. Knocking off an entire republic has, I feel, a certain style." So says mining magnate Sir James Manson, a shadowy titan of London's financial district, who is scheming a coup d'état in the small West African dictatorship of Zangaro, where a secret source of platinum lies waiting to be exploited.

The man selected to plan and carry out the sack of Zangaro is Cat Shannon, a 33-year-old Anglo-Irishman from Nigeria. If the goal is clear, the means are not, for there are no up-to-date manuals on overthrowing governments by force. By the time he has set forth this sinister venture in all its ramifications, Frederick Forsyth has fashioned that manual and given us a classic of terror and enthrallment.

©1974 Danesbrook Productions Limited (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Definitely not Forsyth's Best

This is my 11th Forsyth novel. Before I proceed, let me say that I would recommend virtually every one of Forsyth's books. He is a GREAT author - Day of the Jackal and The Fourth Protocol are two of the best suspense/espionage novels written. His short stories in "The Veteran" and "No Comebacks" are also fantastic.

However, this is, without question, the least of all of Forsyth's novels. I believe that the reason is simple - probably 60% of hte book revolves around the mundane purchase of illegal arms, hiring of mercenaries and sailors, and making sailing arrangements. Not too exciting.

While there are a few undercurrents (including an assassination attempt), this book just didn't hold my interest like the others.

I must say that I don't recoomend this book, however, I must also say that this is the ONLY Forstyh book that I wouldn't recommend. There are other great Forsyth books on Audible (The Avenger, No Comebacks, The Day of the Jackal and The Afghan) - and I highly reccommend them all. But unless you're a diehard Forsyth fan and want to read everything he's written, you may want to pass on this one.

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Another fantastic Forsyth experience

Outstanding audiobook. I truly enjoyed it. The characters were wonderful and as usual the ending has a twist. The plot starts a little slow, and the ending is a little sad, but I loved it. I hope he continues to publish and audible continues to carry his work. I disagree with the other review, I thought the narration was well done. The same narrator has done some of his other work which I also enjoyed. Overall, I think if you like his other stuff you will enjoy this.

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One of Forsyth's Best

In my opinion, one of his top three works. Outstanding in every respect. Forsyth's description of the African brush wars in the 60's and early 70's is spot on.

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Plausible and detailed

Mr. Forsyth has nailed it again. The level of detail and planning was perfect. Leaving no questions unanswered when the story was done. Give the narrator a chance. His voice and dialect are very fitting for the book.

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Great plot, great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the blue print for a real Coup d'état, and should be taken very seriously.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot is intriguing paced well and clear.

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

No super solders in this Novel, just an account of what real fighting men, or mercenaries would be like.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Towards the end you can't put this down...you have to finish it.

Any additional comments?

Try ICON next.

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Not the best

I am a big fan of Fred's since "Day of the Jackal"
Before Audible I read everything he penned.
I feel the novel was better than the reading and the movie with Christopher Walken was over the top!
Unless you are die hard fan you might not enjoy the precision planing that overwhelms the story.

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Narrator is doing us a favor

This has to be one of the worse narrators. He acts like he is doing us a favor ready the book. When in narration mode (versus dialogue) he literally graons and takes deep breaths as if bored to death. As for the book, good story line but poor narration takes so much away from it.

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Gripping story, excellent performance

I have been intrigued by Equatorial Guinea, the book's Zangaro, since I visited the country on a UN mission 20 years ago, and more so 10 years afterward when I learned that Mark Thatcher had attempted a copycat coup 10 years there after. The Dogs of War is wholly satisfying and engrossing above expectations. In the Audible version I loved the narrator's arrogant, know-it-all performance, just as you would expect Shannon himself to speak. The twist of the tale vindicates the nasty mercenary as a decent man after all. Great listening.

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Another great book from Forsyth

I recently bought and listen to "The Cobra"...it has been some time since I read some of the authors books...but having read this many years ago...decided to do it again...this time listen and not read.....it is just as good the 2nd time around....

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Barking Dogs would have been preferred!

I am avid reader and fan of Forsyth but this reading of his book is by far the worst narration of a book I have come across since becoming a member. It is read in monotone and without emotion.
I have read the books before I buy them from Audible and have never been disappointed in the past, until this one. Davidson's narration is the worst. Giving this one star is far too many.

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