Congo Mercenary

  • by Mike Hoare
  • Narrated by Mike Hoare
  • 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Col. Mike Hoare tells how his force of mercenaries, 5 Commando, put down a Comunist-backed rebel uprising in the Congo. As they restored law and order, town by town, he and his men freed 1,800 nuns and priests. His men also learned what it means to be real soldiers.


What the Critics Say

"This well-written and well-illustrated book gives an accurate and useful account of the military response to the [Congolese] rebellion." (The Daily Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

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War in the Congo

Interesting listen for those with an interest in the African Brush Wars of the 60s. The book covered a lot of ground and was often a little light on operational specifics. But, that very well could have been because there were few operational specifics. Narrated by Colonel Hoare himself (Irish with a bit of Afrikaans thrown in) which made clarity a challenge.

Africa was high adventure for those participating.
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- Jugg

Excellent True Story about the Congo Crisis!!!!

What did you love best about Congo Mercenary?

The fact that the book is read by the author who wrote/lived it, he gives the right inflections at the points where action is really tense. He is a great spinner of tales!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Congo Mercenary?

A point when a Belgian mercenary who had given Col. Hoare trouble before was convicted of murdering a young boy of the Simba Rebel group. When the colonel realized what had happened and who had committed the murder, he "dispatched him from this world" immediately!!!!

Have you listened to any of Mike Hoareā€™s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to any of his other recordings, but will look for them now.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His tears even though he was a hard fighting man of war. This happens many times in the book.

Any additional comments?

This book will be interesting to anyone who is interested in warfare, African history, colonialism, Cold War politics, or dispelling the myth about mercenaries/guns for hire, that they only do it for the money!!!! A great story all around.

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- Kenneth A. Avin Jr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2012
  • Publisher: St. Edmundsbury Press