Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Friend the Mercenary

What really happened in Equatorial Guinea?

My Friend the Mercenary is a first-hand account of the most infamous coup attempt in recent history.

In a fly-blown bar in West Africa, war reporter James Brabazon found himself discussing military plans to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea with one of Africa’s most notorious mercenaries, Nick du Toit.

The Byzantine plot and its farcical execution led to Mark Thatcher, Simon Mann and a host of celebrated guns-for-hire falling victim to their own avaricious egos.

In a twist of fate, James Brabazon remained free to tell the story. His mercenary friend wasn’t as lucky.

Nick du Toit was supposed to serve 34 years in Africa’s most notorious jail, Black Beach Prison, a sentence that James could have been serving alongside him. Fortuitously, Nick was released with Simon Mann in November 2009 after being given a pardon on ‘humanitarian grounds’ by the president they tried to depose, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Brabazon’s book is the story of a coup – and also the story of all coups. It is an exploration of the mercenary myth and a chapter of the story of modern Africa. It is a brutally honest and undeniably human account of a journey into the heart of what it takes to be a friend, a survivor and a journalist in the morally corrosive crucible of war - Source.

Product Details:

Author: James Brabazon
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (June 3, 2010)
Language: English
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1847674399
ISBN-13: 978-1847674395

The Hardcover book is available at or The eBook version is available here also at

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