In Code Name Willow Bay, we deal with counter maritime-terrorism, a highly specialist form of counterterrorism, the hardest one of all. When a commercial vessel is taken over, hijacked by terrorists, you have a much more serious problem than with an aircraft standing on the apron. Aircraft are quite easy to take back, it happens all the time and is seen as “bread and butter” work for Special Forces. I explained the techniques on storming an aircraft in Code Name Wrangler, a book that is used by many SWAT Units as training material. Luckily, at the moment, maritime terrorist attacks are less than 1% of all terror attacks but the terrorists are changing course and coveting to take commercial vessels. All the evidence is there to see and discussed in this book. But the question arose if a defended vessel can be taken, say a “mother ship” or “spy vessel” with enemy Special Forces aboard? All comes down to approaching the target ship by stealth. It is much harder than what you may think and here the hardest target of them all was chosen, a modern warship on the open seas, not tied to a quay in the harbour. There are two counter maritime-terrorism methods besides swimming underwater to the captured or to be captured vessel – an impossibility when she is moving. The first method is the fast roping down or landing with a helicopter on the enemy ship. The second, is the approach with fast rubber ducks from the side, boarding her. None of these methods will work against a warship or even a merchant vessel overtaken by trained terrorists. The vessel’s radar will pick up the approaching helicopter long before they can get close, risking them being shot down with MANPAD missiles if a terrorist, and the CIWS of a modern warship. That part is out, it won’t work and if you start jamming their radar, they will know that an attack is coming. The same with rubber ducks, you will never get past the sonar, your fast spinning screws will be picked up. So how do you get your men on that ship without the terrorists or guards knowing? This is the question that is answered here - the “Willow Bay Method.” This technique, I understand, is now copied by most major countries’ Maritime Special Forces. This is the background story on how the method came into being.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson, approaches her ground commander and later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot with an outlandish concept in taking a modern warship travelling on the open ocean with Special Forces alone by using covert infiltration techniques never done before. They need to conduct a HAHO (High Altitude, High Opening) jump with Special Forces from 27,000 feet, open their parachutes immediately and glide towards the target unseen by radar. However, Angelique is not officially trained in the Special Forces insertion technique, or is she? Foxtrot immediately realizes that she is not only trained, she probably conducted hundreds of such jumps, raising questions about her past. He must ensure her safety as she will not back down from the jumps, not even with a broken hand, to prove that her stealth approach concept, worked out with Geelslang Peter Ndebele’s assistance, works. She introduces a crossbow, proving one more concept to a sceptical Foxtrot… that she can cause the same ballistic damage with a crossbow bolt than a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and she can do so silently if at much shorter range. Foxtrot and Angelique Dawson are still circling each other, not willing to declare openly that their souls are in love but they do share a kiss at 27,000 feet which will go down in the GMJ Series as the stuff of legends. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. Code Name Willow Bay is the twelfth book of the popular GMJ Series.
In Code Name Wrangler, we deal with CQB (Close Quarter Battle) and how to storm a hijacked aircraft to rescue the hostages. It is a subject that I know a great deal about and a story that I enjoyed writing more than almost any other GMJ Book because of that. It is also a book that is classified as standard reading material by many SWAT Units worldwide and no doubt will save souls one day. So, you may be sure that what you are about to read is 100% technically correct.
Ironically, storming an aircraft to rescue hostages is bread and butter work for Special Forces. It was done in history successfully dozens of times. We look in great detail at other rescue attempts in Code Name Wrangler. Military history is what we enjoy most and therefore the successful Entebbe Raid, the Lufthansa Mogadishu Rescue and ill-fated Operation Eagle Claw (Tehran Embassy) as well as the Munich Olympics, both massive failures, are studied to learn from the mistakes. A few hostages died during the successful rescues but so did the terrorists, that is one of the points I tried to highlight. If you are a terrorist and reading here by some mischance – I want you to note something – your chances of surviving a rescue is just about zero. We don’t aim to wound during such times or any other time. We aim to kill you in the shortest time possible known to man and we know exactly how to do so. Death is instantaneous by design. Even the type of bullets used and discussed in this book is designed with only one purpose, to kill human beings efficiently. You will also find out what the words “double tap” really means in my world. You are warned, try me and see what happens. Paradise, if it exists, awaits the foolish. For obvious security reasons, none of the rescue methods revealed here will not be known already, I made very sure of that. But, and this is important, the way that secret agents are involved with Special Forces during rescues is not generally known and described. Especially technical services supplied by the spies are used extensively. Before an aircraft is stormed, any rescue, unless on Immediate Action Drills, the knights know exactly what the terrorist looks like. Where he is, what weapons and explosives he has available and what his likely reaction would be. This is not by chance, it is by design. And then there are the snipers, waiting patiently for the order to make an end, and the order will arrive at some stage.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson is leading and commanding a hostage rescue mission. A C-130 Hercules aircraft is taken over by eco-terrorists threatening to release dangerous snakes and killing the hostages if any rescue attempt is made or the demands not met. The C-130 is standing on an apron on Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, the snakes, if they escape, will devastate the ecological environment as well as the locals. She calls in South African Army Special Forces to assist her and her team, consisting of her later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot and his mate, former Police Special Forces Captain Geelslang Peter Ndebele, a legendary officer. Angelique is facing other problems. She has a female agent, Blondie, on the aircraft. A woman that infiltrated the terrorist group and must be rescued or somehow removed from the aircraft without the rest of the terrorists understanding what is happening, during or before the rescue. This aspect is giving Foxtrot, desperately trying to keep Angelique safe, reason to worry. He knows that Angelique Dawson will make an end and a violent end at that. There will not be long protracted negotiations, at some stage, she will give the order to attack and want to lead that attack... If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. Code Name Wrangler is book 17 of the popular GMJ Series.
In Code Name One Alpha, we look at human trafficking in much detail because there is a link with counter-terrorism which I explain inside the book. I knew something about human trafficking. We see the news and read the articles, but I did not understand the scope of the problem. As Angelique explains in Chapter 7, there are currently 40 to 43 million slaves in the world. That is close to double Australia’s population, half of that of Britain and France and 90% of South Africa’s. Serious figures and so many that we cannot really comprehend it. Best is to look at everyone walking around in a city like New York, and imagine them in shackles... and then you still don’t have the picture. You should add London and parts of Lagos, Nigeria. I had the unhappy task to describe to you in this book what is done to victims once they are grabbed, snatched, abducted. There comes a time when a man must stop looking the other way and stand up and be counted. Once you read this book you have no more justifications in ignoring what is happening right now right inside your community. If you don’t want that burden, don’t read Code Name One Alpha, walk away from this book.
Then, as the main theme, it is important, I describe how a NATO / US-based Special Forces Team will be hunted down in this theatre and destroyed when cornered and note I say “when” and not “if” cornered. The enemy Special Forces Team stands no chance as far as I am concerned and why I say so is defined in the book. I explain to you how the South African Army’s armour battlegroups operate independently with their own infantry and supply columns. As a cover, to explain the role of the armour in hunting Special Forces, we take a hard look at how CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) is done here with armour formations, Special Forces, spies, multi-role air superiority fighters and whatever else is needed. To do so we take a very interesting look at CSAR in history, especially in the Vietnam War. It is not a job for Special Forces as such but can be done by Special Forces if asked but only when all other options failed. The question is whether the downed pilot is worth the risk rescuing him. The answer is almost always, no, he is not worth the effort. We deal with realities in GMJ Books and the topic is discussed in great detail, it makes for great reading, I hope you enjoy what is given here to consume and think about.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, conducting a training CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) mission to liberate a shot down pilot on the run. They are working with the Army’s armour battalions and Special Forces. However, she is at the same time manipulating affairs to include an exercise to find a simulated NATO Special Forces Team that may be operating in South Africa in the future, she wishes to test the most likely response to such a threat. To do that she is calling in fast-moving armour, attack helicopters, mechanised infantry, paratroopers, Special Forces and her own people to chase the team down. Yet, this is not all, behind all this, she is planning a secret raid on a maternity clinic in a nearby city, being used as a human trafficking centre. She has reports that the place is also trading in human organs. As far as is known, she has no official permission for the raid, the traffickers are protected by the highest levels of corruption. That will not stop Angelique Dawson. Her bodyguard and later husband, Geoffrey Foxtrot and his friend, legendary Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele have their hands full to protect Angelique and work out the logistics, plan the raid and then execute it, all under the tactical command of Angelique’s female team leader, One Alpha, a Zulu girl that would later die with her entire team in the line of duty. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. Code Name One Alpha is the 34th book of the popular GMJ Series.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons and the safety of his family. He is an expert on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations in sub-Saharan Africa, a military historian and published author of 47 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. Because of the contents and startling disclosures inside GMJ Books, some authorities call them “dangerous fiction.” Yet, 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. Each GMJ Book has a large element of the truth inside it, they are well researched. They are not only good reading material but also a warning against that what is not known to the public. The GMJ Books may very well change the way you look at counterterrorism and espionage for the better. George M James’s books, both under his real name and as GMJ, are widely read among military veterans of many nations, most find them very agreeable to their conservative views.