Book Review: Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt

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About:
Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt is a novel about two American mercenaries in the African Congo. Mr. Holt writes books, screenplays and short stories, Hard Dog to Kill was a finalist in both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Competition, and the Colorado Gold Writing Contest.

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  • 348 pages
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1947290355

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My rating for Hard Dog to Kill – 5
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Thoughts:
I have always enjoyed books taking place in Africa, and books about soldiers, military or not, so when I was offered Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt I jumped on the opportunity. The book grabbed me from start to finish, it is fast, enjoyable and well written.

The action is not stop, it is violent, full of misery, dark humor, and descriptions of how human kind goes out of its way to make each other miserable. The adventure is just and excuse for the author to conduct a character study of the protagonist and explore the relationship between Stan and Frank. Frank, it seems, is his own worst enemy dragging Stan with him, who somehow feels responsible to save Stan from himself.

Even though Stan has been all around the world, including several years in Africa, it still feels as if he a stranger in a strange land, an out of place narrator trying to make the best of the hand he was dealt. This environment allows Stan, a well-read man who always carries a book with him, for some internal philosophical discussions with himself.

I enjoyed very much reading this  book, I finished it quickly following the compelling characters with their dark side and dark secrets.  While some of the novel is brutal, much of it had me laughing and I couldn’t wait to turn the page.

Synopsis:
Stan Mullens, together with his partner Frank Giordano, is an American mercenary who sees himself as a scholar/soldier who likes what he does but has philosophical issues with his job. Together the pairs is known as a mythical monster FrankAndStan to the native people.

Stan and Frank, having been kicked out of Blackwater, find a job securing a diamond mine. The pair’s boss sends them on a mission to find Tonde Chiora, a former employee who has stolen proprietary technology which will allow him to open a competitive diamond mine.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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