The Dogs of War Author:Frederick Forsyth "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 the City, London's financial district, who schemes a coup d'etat in Zangaro, a small West African dictatorship where a secret source of platinum lies waiting to be ... more »exploited. If the goal if 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 new classic of terror and enthrallment.
The man selected to plan and carry out the sack of Zangaro is Cat Shannon, an Anglo-Irishman, aged thirty-three, late of Nigeria and the Congo. There is a deadly parallel about the ways Sir James and Cat set about their tasks: one shuttling between London and Zuruch, manipulating currences and stocks and using all the shady ploys of international finance; the other ranging all over Europe, hiring his small force of fellow ex-mercs, buying and shipping arms under false colors, moving his mini-army south against a hundred-day deadline, and planning the final blow with a brilliant precision that does not allow for the tiniest slip of timing or tactics.
The world as we know it goes into a kind of mad dissolve, and beyond it we see a chillingly ordered antiworld of conspiracy, greed, and ferocity. From first inkling to final (and shockingly surprising) climax, there is hot havoc indeed when these dogs of war are let slip.« less