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Imagine the most tenacious and skilled soldiers in the business fighting in the most brutal of bush wars, Gavin Manning was there, from 1982 - 88, on the border of northern Namibia and southern Angola - right in the thick of it.

The ultra-covert South African special forces unit known as Koevoet (or Special OPS-K) has been shrouded in mystery for three decades. This book will blow the lid off the box and set all the misconceptions straight. 

Manning gives a gripping account of tracking the Soviet-backed terrorists, often right on their heels, using elite skills and technology. The finely honed instincts and supreme ability of the Koevoet operators earned them the reputation of the best counter-insurgency and tracking unit that Africa and the world had ever see.

Dead Men Running is a vital book about the Angolan bush war that finally tells the truth. But it is also Manning's own story - how he realized his dream of becoming part of Koevoet, the brotherhood he inherited, and the friends he made who lost their lives. 

Manning is a skillful writer who will sweep you up into the action with the precision of accurate gunfire.

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H.R.
An honest account

Koevoet was for most of us in other branches of the service a sinister and scary bunch of people who earned our grudging respect because they were so damned good at what they did. Books like this one introduce the reader to the reality of what went on in the unit, including the more humane things they did for the local pops. It's honest, very well written, and a tribute to the Koevoet men who to this day are looked upon by many as lawless psychopaths. War is not pretty. We need to know these things. Well done Gav, highly recommended.

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I.H.
Great read !

Fast paced to the point account of Koevoet from a soldier on the ground.

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A.F.
Very apt.

Met Gavin in the ops area when he had just joined Koevoet. I will never forget that mop of blonde hair! A well written book which brought back many memories. Well done on presenting a thrilling and complete story, Gavin.

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J.M.
300 pages packed with Bush War drama

A book with nearly 300 pages packed with Angolan Bush War drama. This is a book that you won’t be able to put down as soon as you started with it. Gavin Manning is a master of the pen! His ability to translate Bush War conflict situations, and other Koevoet related stories, into words is commendable. This book is a must read for anybody interested in the Bush War in Namibia/Angola and Koevoet.

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A.v.h.
10 out 10

Excellent read. The book flows and will keep you glued, I could'nt put it down. One of the best Koevoet books I've read. The Utmost highest respect for these guys. Men of men.