Chris Hoare writes, “When you take 12 years, working between times, to research and write a book about your own father, you can reasonably hope for some good reviews. And in that regard, I have no complaints.” Here’s what some reviewers said:

Frederick Forsyth – author of ‘Dogs of War’ and ‘The Day of the Jackal':
“I found this book a cracking read and recommend it to those who want to miss a night’s sleep.”

Eeben Barlow – founder/chairman of Executive Outcomes, and later chairman of STTEP:
“This is the story of a man born to a life of adventure and soldiering. It is also a story of perseverance, honour, and changing lives, while living dangerously. Read it – it won’t disappoint you!”

Al J Venter – author of more than 50 books, many of them on wars in Africa:
“I have spent time with Dogs of War on three continents. I have met most of the major players, but none have matched either the panache or the drive of the best freelance soldier of them all, ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare. His son Chris, charged with writing this complete biography of ‘The Legend’, has come up trumps.”

“I was also happy with many book reviews written by not-yet-famous people, for example:

Peta Lee, writing in Village Talk, in Howick, South Africa:
“If there is just one non-fiction book you read in the next year, make sure it is ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend. Mike’s son has meticulously captured the extraordinary life and times of Hoare senior. It’s a fascinating biography, a rollicking read that kept my bedside light burning into the wee hours and which had me absolutely riveted.”

Guy Martin, in Defence Web:
“Any book about a controversial figure that is subtitled ‘The Legend’ ought to be treated with caution, but the story of ‘Mad Mike’ as written by his son Chris does a good job of giving the reader a balanced and fairly critical view of the mercenary leader, sailor and writer.”

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