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Max Siollun interviewed on Nigeria Info FM (Abuja) on the 5th August, 2013, with Alkasim Abdulkadir.

“An absolutely readable book.”

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo in Metropole. Click here to read the review in full.

“Soldiers of Fortune is Nigeria’s recent history rewritten with a keen eagle-eye. Its fast narrative pace makes it a delightful and a must read.”

Anote Ajeluorou in the Guardian (Nigeria), 28th September. Click here to read the review in full.

“This new book tells the story of the Buhari and Babangida years from 1983 to 1993. It is essential reading for those who want to understand the crass motivations that guided the cabal of military politicians that ruled and ruined Nigeria.”

Jibrin Ibrahim in the Premium Times, 10th September. Click here to read the review in full.

“While personal memoirs of Nigerian military history abound, a removal from the crises enables Siollun to dismantle the military machine that has ruled Nigeria with more objectivity than these other tomes. Even to seasoned readers familiar with the story, the scholarly attention to detail makes for a refreshing read.”

Monica Mark in the Guardian on the 9th August. Click here to read the review in full.

“Since the 1960s, Nigeria has experienced a continuous recycling of political characters. The same individuals end up in the corridors of power over and over again. In 1999 the military handed power to a “civilian” who is a retired member of their profession and who as a military leader, handed over power to civilians 20 years earlier.”

Mercy Abang interviews Max Siollun on Citizen’s Platform here.

“The book is a unque peek into the subterfuge and paranoia that defined Nigeria’s leadership between 1985 and 1993; and how a small group of professional coup plotters played a deadly game of musical chairs with the Nigerian polity.”

Akin Oyebode reviews Soldiers of Fortune on his blog here.

“One thing that this book has done for me is to elevate my thinking. It has left me with a mix of anger, enlightenment, irritation and regret. Why did some of the things that happened in Nigeria happen? Why can we not learn from our past? Are we doomed to remain in this endless loop of doing the same things over and over again? I would recommend Soldiers of Fortune to anyone. It is a must read.”

Review by Cheta Nwanze in the Sunday Trust. Click here to read the review in full.

“My books have the feel of a fly on the wall reconstruction, or an action packed thriller. I do not just want the reader to know what happened. I also want to take the reader on a journey through the dizzying twists and turns, and cast of characters in Nigeria’s history..”

Interview with Max Siollun on Africa is a Country. Click here to read the interview in full.

“The most telling and enigmatic character in the book, however, is General Ibrahim B. Babangida. Soldiers of Fortune manages to reveal the realities of Babangida’s government from 1985 to 1993, and at the same time shows the human being behind the man that got Nigerians singing his praises for almost eight years…”

Review by Japheth Omojuwa in the National Mirror.  Click here to read the review in full.

“Siollun is an outsider in the sense that he was not personally involved in any of the events or periods he writes about. In this case, however, it can be seen as a positive, as his clear and meticulous style gives him away as someone being more committed to objectivity than an ‘insider’ could ever be. Many accounts of Nigerian history are told by the actors themselves, or by those close to the centre of the action, often with a mission to portray subjects in the best – or worst – possible light. With Siollun, at no point do you get the sense that this is a book written to settle scores or to “set the records straight”.”

Review by Tolu Ogunlesi in Think Africa Press on Tuesday, 23rd July. Click here to read the review in full.

“The truth is that this book needs to be read by every student of history, every politician, every political scientist, every person that has an interest in our country and every individual that wishes to fully understand Nigeria and the source and foundation of her many challenges.”

Review by Femi Fani-Kayode in Premium Times on Monday, 1st July. Click here to read the review in full.

“The level of research that went into the writing of this book must have been craaaazy!”

Review by “Ekute Ile“. Click here to read the review in full.

“Soldiers of Fortune puts into perspective many things I was either too young or too unsavvy to understand at the time they happened.”

Review by “Tex the Law“. Click here to read the review in full.

“Siollun’s ability to take the average reader on a guided tour of the corridors of power and reveal once esoteric account of events without much overwhelming the reader is particularly commendable.”

Review by “The Sword of Damocles“. Click here to read the review in full.

“I just finished Max Siollun’s Soldiers of Fortune. I am marvelled at the amount of secrets that the book was able to unearth. At times it was breathtaking especially at the end. It revealed a lot of things that I did not know. Starting with the fact that apart from the coup of 1966, IBB was involved in every successful coup in Nigeria. I didn’t know that Domkat Bali was senior to IBB and Abacha. It also exposed the inner workings of the Buhari and IBB governments.”

Review by “General Musings“. Click here to read the review in full.

“Siollun does an excellent job of curating the power tussles and resulting coups that dominated the 80’s, and traces the transition of Nigeria’s military from an ideological group to one intent on shedding blood and seizing power as a means of self-preservation. The book is a unque peek into the subterfuge and paranoia that defined Nigeria’s leadership between 1985 and 1993; and how a small group of professional coup plotters played a deadly game of musical chairs with the Nigerian polity.”

Review by “Proudly Ekiti“. Click here to read the review in full.