This bestselling biography of a Legend is now available from Amazon as a 9x6" printed book ($24,00) including 89 black-and-white photos, or as an ebook ($9,99) with nearly half the photos in colour. Both options have references, an index, maps, a bibliography and appendices. Follow this link: books2read.com/MadMikeHoare
Buyers in South Africa can still order printed copies of this book via the Contact link. R300,00. All copies signed by Chris Hoare. The softcover Legend book has 320 large-format pages including references, index, maps, bibliography and appendices; plus 89 photographs on 28 pages, of which many in colour, all printed on gloss art paper. The book is 229 x 152 mm (9×6″).
A collector's treasure. The 'leatherbound' Legend books are signed by Mike Hoare and Chris Hoare and are part of a limited edition of 100 numbered books. There is gold foiling on the cover and spine. Plus a dustcover with an endorsement by Eeben Barlow. 'Leatherbound' refers to black imitation leather: Synt3. While stocks last. Only 19 of the 100 books are unsold, and there are no plans to reduce the price.
The book is 229 x 152 mm (9×6″) and has 320 pages. Additionally, there are 89 photographs, half of which in colour, all printed on gloss art paper; the book includes seven maps, family tree, glossary, index, bibliography, three appendices and 198 references.
'Wild Geese' crush communists.
Col. Mike Hoare tells how he led force of mercenary soldiers, 5 Commando (aka the Wild Geese), as they blitzkrieged their way across the Congo and put down a Communist-backed rebel uprising. As they restored law and order, Mike and his men freed 2 000 nuns and priests who were being held hostage, and defeated Che Guevara at the battle of Baraka. Mike always said he was proud they stood when all else failed.
• Available from www.amazon.com and www.pen-and-sword.co.uk.
Short stories about mercenary soldiering.
Col. Mike Hoare's favourite book consisting of 21 short stories, giving new insight into the minds and hearts of the adventurers who became mercenary soldiers. It captures the spirit of mercenary soldiering.
Failed coup attempt, trial & jail.
Col. Mike Hoare tells how he planned to overthrow the socialist government of the Seychelles, what went wrong at Mahé airport, and of his trial and imprisonment in South African jails.
Fighting the Baluba and the UN, Katanga, 1961.
Col. Mike Hoare describes how his 4 Commando supported Moise Tshombe's breakaway state of Katanga against both the UN forces, and the Baluba tribesmen who used poison arrows, pit traps, marijuana, spells, jungle drums ... and even resorted to ritual torture and cannibalism.
Mike's non-military escapades.
Go with Mike on foot across Basutoland; by motorbike from Cape Town to Cairo; to sea in a 36-foot ketch; into the Kalahari desert - and more. In the final chapter he describes how he and his wife move to an enchanted island in the Okavango Delta, and the terrible and wonderful events that took place there.
Sailing in the Med on a large yacht.
Mike and his family sail the Western Mediterranean in a 72-foot yacht - a converted 100-ton Baltic trader. The yachting anecdotes bring out the Irish in him.
Historical novel in long ago France.
In the middle of the 12th Century a Christian sect emerged in southern France. They claimed to be the sole successors of the original Church of Jesus Christ. They called themselves Cathars. Despite their sincere belief, the Cathars were deemed by the Roman Church to oppose several of their fundamental principles of Christianity. Because of these unorthodox practices the Cathars were outlawed by the Church of Rome, and sentenced to a merciless extinction.