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Colonel Mike Hoare led 300 ‘Wild Geese’ across the Congo to crush a communist rebellion, rescue 2000 nuns and priests from barbarity, beat Che Guevara … and become a legend.

Of Irish blood, Mike was schooled in England and, during World War 2, was the ‘best bloody soldier in the British Army’. He demobbed as major, qualified in London as a chartered accountant and emigrated to South Africa. Going rogue, he started living dangerously to get more out of life, including trans-Africa motorbike trips, bluewater sailing, exploring remote areas, and leading safaris in the Kalahari Desert. Here Mike got to know the CIA agent who was to change his life … and who was to stop Nelson Mandela. Later Mike was technical advisor to the film The Wild Geese, which starred Richard Burton playing the Mike Hoare character.

In 1981 Mike led 50 ‘Frothblowers’ in a bid to depose the socialist government of the Seychelles. Things went wrong and Mike was sentenced to ten years in jail for hijacking a Boeing 707.

In this biography – rich in new material – Chris Hoare separates the man from the myth in a way only a son can, and concludes his ‘mad dad’ was an officer and a gentleman with a bit of pirate thrown in.

Softcover, 302 pages with photos. There is also a limited hardcover edition, numbered and signed by Mike Hoare and the author, his son, Chris.


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Many Irishmen have made a mark on history but few as profound as Mike Hoare – a name that carries many tags: soldier, legend, ‘Mad Mike’, mercenary commander, saviour of nuns, Congo, yachtsman, Seychelles coup, author, and gentleman. 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!

Fascinating insight!

This biography provides a fascinating insight to the turmoil of the Congo, also to the character of Hoare himself who personifies the well-mannered British officer class with a layer of scholarship and erudition on top of that. You could not imagine anything further from the low-grade, cut-throat mercenary. What also comes through is Hoare’s restless pursuit of adventure, whether in military conflict, yachting, visits to remote wild spots or motorcycling the length of Africa.

Mad Mike Hoare, an excellent book!

Highly recommend!! A great book about an very interesting man.