Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend by Chris Hoare

The Rhodesian Soldier

For the first time, a biography on the legendary ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare has been published. The book was written by his son, Chris Hoare, a journalist, who had unique access to his father’s life story and consequently was able to separate the man from the myth.

The book is titled ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend. It is expected to be in British bookshops from early February 2019. 
In 1964/5 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, blue-water 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 Nelson Mandela’s. Later Mike was technical adviser 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 soon Mike was to spend three years in jail for hijacking a Boeing 707. 

Says Chris, “My father, who will turn 100 in March, was essentially a gentleman adventurer, probably the last of that breed. I like to think he was an officer and a gentleman with a bit of pirate thrown in.”

Published by Partners in Publishing
Size: 23 x 15cm (9” x 6”) 
ISBN number: 9780620798617. 
320 pages, 89 photographs on 28 pages, 7 maps, a family tree, 200 references and is indexed.

Available in the UK, either from their stores or online:

Central Books 

Author: Chris Hoare is Mike’s eldest son. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Natal, and has spent most of his working life in journalism of different kinds. It took him about 12 years, working between times, to research and write the book.
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A masterfully written life story of a quintessential officer and a gentleman with an insatiable thirst for adventure and challenge in post-war Africa. From solo expeditions by motor cycle and Land Rover, to combat in the war-torn former Belgian Congo, the life of the legend that is ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare is liberally interwoven with a rich plethora of personal and honest anecdotes from the man himself. Imbued with a panoply of remarkable photographs, this book, from cover to cover, makes for compulsive reading.