Tonight’s Hard Word Book Club will not only be the last of the year, but will be the last for co-host Joe Turner. In his honor we’re discussing a favorite of his, Fredrick Forsyth’s The Dogs Of War. One of the first mercenary novels, it follows the detailed planning and execution of a corporation and soldier of fortune Cat Shannon (is there a more bad ass name?) as he sets off a military coup in an African government to get its platinum deposits. How detailed is it? Margret Thatcher’s son tried to use the book for his own coup.
After our discussion we’ll be splitting a six pack of Shiner and watching the film version starring Christopher Walken and the under-rated Tom Berenger.
Tough guys, guns, and beer. Is there a better way to blow off some holiday steam?