Mercenary Books, any good ones ot there?

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  1. Have just read 2 Mercenary books "Dirty Combat" by David Tomkins and "Have Gun will Travel" by Karl Penta thought both were just readable.I was surprised both Tomkins and Penta had never served in any branch of the military(surly going into combat lead by someone with NO military training would be foolish) Tomkins was the more interesting covering his time in Angola Col Callan etc,Pentas one man's war was a bit boreing to read , any good ones out there?
  2. Congo Mercenary- Mike Hoare
    ISBN 0-7090-4375-9 (1967)
    ISBN 978-1-58160-639-3 (2008)
  3. The Boys Of Baghdad

    "As a former fighter in the legendary French Foreign Legion, Simon Low thought he had seen it all. Then he was posted to Iraq. Employed as a private military contractor - a 'hired gun' - his assignment was to guard the deadly convoy routes out of Baghdad. Once there, Simon quickly realised that no one could be trusted, including the US military. Whether sending him on perilously haphazard missions or, in one terrifying incident, knowingly opening fire on him, the Americans often proved as dangerous as the insurgents. Simon faced the daily terror of suicide bombers and armed ambushes, and also had to keep a close watch on his ill-prepared Iraqi comrades."
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  4. I love the Knowingly opening fire on him bit. Every day My unit had PMC bullets whinging off our vehicles as the PMC's made the morning run from the Greenzone to BIAP. SO busy firing warning shots at Iraqis never saw us parked in the medians. Became a daily occurance as the ISP radioed us they were coming so we could button up and prepare. Around 0700 every day up over the Spaghetti Bowl Junction came the race of Mad Max SUV's and pickups with hillbilly armor running for their lives to BIAP.

    Still remember the day a PMC shot up a ISP checkpoint and at the next ISP position were engaged, vehicles disabled and on the ground face down being guarded by ISP when we rolled up on them. Erinys also ran a ECP we manned and got their radiator shot out for their troubles.
  5. You might want to read: "No Mean Soldier" by Peter McAleese (no relation to the first man on the balcony). It also contains a fair bit about Col Callan in Angola.

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  6. Try;

    BLOODSONG (about Executive Outcomes I believe, book not to hand at the moment).

    GUNS FOR HIRE by Tony Geraghty
  7. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    I read 'A Mercenary's Tale' by Karl Penta a few years back. It's not your average 'SAS super hero' b0llocks, rather its all very simplistic and easy to read. I quite like the portrayal of the locals as clueless, drugged - up lunatics - which is exactly what they were. Penta describes a lot of problems trying to work in a backwards, corrupt and volatile country where tinpot dictators are the order of the day. He had a lot of issues with the Ronnie Brunswijk's(Rebel Leader) laissez - faire approach to soldiering and tentativeness, and its fair to say the rebels needed some professional soldiers to give them half a clue as to what to do. Clearly the story is heavily embellished, and the claim that Penta 'single handedly brought down the government' is codswallop, but its an entertaining read - if you can get hold of it.
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  8. Which one? The only loony I reckon who would fit the bill would be an ex 3 Para bloke...PA?
  9. Thats the bloke
  10. Quality! He was the first bloke I thought of! Always thought he was barking!
  11. "Making a killing" and "escape from baghdad" both by James Ashcroft are exellent!

    "The deniable agent" by Collin Berry isnt a merc book (more of a spook book) but its really interesting, well worth the 4 quid from
  12. Found my copy of BLOODSONG by JIM HOOPER, ISBN 0 00 711916 X .

    Published in 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers.


    First published in 1978 by Corgi and appears to have been reprinted numerous times since then.

    When Fire Power was first published in 1978 it only cost £2-95, I see now that it is changing hands for around £15-00
  13. I socialise regularly with one of the lads who was put in the nick in Mozambique for a lengthy number of years. He's a first class gent who endeavours to keep in loose contact with the Cuban surgeon who put one of his legs back together again.