Code Name Sanford follows closely on the previous book in the GMJ Series, Code Name Odette and our heroes are still after the rogue assassin teams inside the South African Secret Service. The book plays off in Southern Mozambique and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. As can be expected it is well researched, fast pace action and the witticisms between Angelique and Foxtrot absolutely worth reading. She is very aware that she is developing feelings for Foxtrot and he knows his own feelings - he knew it since he first saw her picture and is doing nothing to hide it either.
The highlight in the book, for me as author, is where the first physical meeting between Foxtrot and Angelique takes place. It is often mentioned in other books but this is the real deal, the full description. As GMJ readers know, the entire GMJ Series is about the love story between the two main characters and told by Foxtrot years later, reflecting and at times jumping between scenes. I never had complaints from readers about this “jumping” and I expected none; the books are easy to read and to follow and spell bounding (not my words, feedback, thank you). You will know Foxtrot first saw Angelique in a picture in her father’s wallet as he searched his body after the failed rescue attempt but they did not actually meet until almost eight years later in 1998 when she took command and turned their (Foxtrot and Geelslang and the rest) world upside down with her strange but endearing ways. So you can expect the first meeting was dynamite between them with Angelique immediately declaring she has command and so it is. And then later in the book, I don’t want to give the story away too much - they do a tandem parachute jump from a doomed aeroplane which will explode if it goes less than 8000 feet (barometer pressure switches). This moment is special to me for personal reasons but you can read it for yourself. It is a good book, a good read and well worth your time.
The book cover is excellent and reflects back to the book. On the cover you find a Huey with the old Rhodesian Air Force camouflage and the background is typical Okavango Delta. I was really impressed with the cover as this is in the book. GMJ Covers are not just done. The GMJ book is read by the designer (a fan) who is credited in every book and then the cover is designed around the book. Once you finished reading and you look again at the cover you will see the subtle hints on what you read. It is part of the magic of the GMJ Series and the same as the codes I leave in every book for my late wife to enjoy. I hope you enjoy this book, I had fun writing it.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations in sub-Saharan Africa, a military historian and published author of more than 50 books. In the GMJ Series, you will learn about Covert Operations, Special Forces techniques, current political analyses and military history not known outside the select few. Every GMJ Book is based on historical fact and often what is revealed in a GMJ Book is published by the mainstream media a short while later. Many of the GMJ Books are used as training material by Police Forces (SWAT) across the world. Note please that GMJ does not claim to have served in South African Army or Police Special Forces.