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On 7 March 2004, former SAS soldier and mercenary Simon Mann prepared to take off from Harare International Airport with a plane full of heavy weaponry and guns for hire. Their destination: Equatorial Guinea. Their intention: to remove one of the most brutal dictators in Africa in a privately organised coup d’état. 

The plot had the tacit approval of Western intelligence agencies. It had the backing of a European government, and the endorsement of a former Prime Minister. Simon Mann had personally planned, overseen and won two wars in Angola and Sierra Leone. Everything should have gone right. Why, then, did it go so wrong? 

When Simon Mann was released from five years’ incarceration in some of Africa’s toughest prisons, he made worldwide headlines. Since then, he has spoken to nobody about his experiences. Now he is telling everything.

Paperback, 288 pages, published 2011

About The Author:

Simon Mann is a British mercenary and former British Army officer. He was sentenced to a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d'état in 2004 and received a presidential pardon on humanitarian grounds on 2 November 2009.