306pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2018
A biography of Colonel Mike Hoare (b. 1919) by journalist Chris Hoare, one of Mike Hoare's sons.
Irish mercenary Mike Hoare served as an officer in India and Burma during WWII. After the war he qualified as a chartered accountant, emigrated to Durban, ran safaris and later became a soldier-for-hire in various African countries. In 1964 Congolese Prime Minister Moïse Tshombe hired him to lead a military unit called 5 Commando to fight a revolt known as the Simba rebellion. In 1981 he led 50 mercenaries in a bid to depose President France-Albert René of the Seychelles. The coup failed and he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for hijacking a Boeing 707. Hoare wrote an account of 5 Commando's role in the 1960s Congo mercenary war, Congo Mercenary, and account of the Seychelles operation, The Seychelles Affair. He lives in Durban.