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 - his friend Nick du Toit. The Byzantine plot, its farcical
execution and its tragic consequences led to Simon Mann and a host of celebrated guns-for-hire falling victim to their own
avaricious plans, Machiavellian scheming and perverse double-crosses. In a twist of fate, James Brabazon remained free. His
mercenary friend wasn't as lucky. Nick du Toit was supposed to serve thirty-four years in Black Beach Prison, Africa's most
notorious jail - a sentence which James could have been serving alongside him. Their unlikely friendship began two years earlier
on the bloody battlefields of the Liberian civil war. With Nick as his bodyguard, James was the only journalist to film behind
rebel lines. Establishing him as a brave and talented filmmaker, the war tested James's physical and moral boundaries to the
limit - and opened a door onto a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies and violent regime change.My Friend The Mercenary recounts
James's courageous journey into the Liberian war, and tell the inside story of the most infamous coup attempt in recent history.
Through this gripping narrative, James Brabazon explodes the myth of the modern mercenary; and paints a moving portrait of
an extraordinary friendship. It is a brutally honest book about what it takes to be a journalist, survivor and friend in the
morally corrosive crucible of war.