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My Friend the Mercenary

My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir

James Brabazon

*Get a feel for the frontline in this chilling video *

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, its farcical execution and, ultimately, its tragic consequences led to Mark Thatcher and a host of celebrated guns-for- hire falling victim to their own egos, Machiavellian scheming and perverse doublecrosses.

Due to a twist of fate James Brabazon remains free to tell the story. His friend Nick du Toit wasn’t as lucky. He is serving a 34-year sentence in Africa’s most notorious jail, Black Beach Prison: a sentence that James could very easily be serving beside him. My Friend the Mercenary is a brutally honest account of a journey without maps.

James Brabazon
About the Author

James Brabazon is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in London, he has reported in more than 60 countries investigating, filming and directing in the world’s most hostile environments. He writes regularly for the Observer and appears as a commentator on CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC.

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304 pp
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28 June 2010
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