Finished reading THE DOGS OF WAR by Frederick Forsyth. This novel, first published in 1974, has antiheroes --- tried, tested, fearless and ruthless mercenaries.
Sir James Manson is a British mining tycoon. He got filthy rich by bribing African leaders for mining concessions. Tests on rock samples reveal that the Crystal Mountain in Zangaro, a tiny West African republic, contain $$$billions' worth of platinum, a rare precious metal. Three major players control the world platinum market --- USA, communist Russia and South Africa. Manson wants exclusive right to exploit Crystal Mountain but Zangora's president is a Russian puppet. So Manson hires a band of mercenaries to topple the government and install his own puppet. Will he accomplish his goals?
Saw the movie with Christopher Walken. Good movie but in my opinion, "The Wild Geese" is better.