If there is one book in the GMJ Series I really enjoyed it is Code Name Honey Bee, it is fast paced action, romantic and witty. In this book Foxtrot is expecting a passionate kiss from Angelique but has considerable difficulties claiming it for various reasons which you can read for yourself. At one stage I started to feel sorry for the poor fellow but not to worry, we made up for it in later books (Code Name Devorah).
Code Name Honey Bee continues where Code Name Sanford ended but as with all GMJ books you would be able to read them separately and still have a good story to enjoy. As the author I prefer you to read them all and get the “entire experience” as one reader told me the other day. It is, I am proud to say, the best place to learn of Special Forces and Covert Operations in this theatre of operations. The added romance between the characters makes it even better for me, who am romantic at heart.
The best moments in the books for me? Well, at one stage Foxtrot finds himself with Angelique at a formal ball in an embassy and he wants to tell her a few things about his feelings for her. He expects the waltz, the Blue Danube, to continue for nine minutes or more and it is a romantic scene with all the ladies in evening dress, the men in tuxedos and he gets cheated. The band stops playing before he could get to his speech (this happens often in real life, my word, you work out exactly what to say and never get the chance). He is so disgusted that she has to elbow him to applaud a politician (his pet hate in life) who then made a forty minute speech.
He remembers this incident. In the next book, Code Name Devorah, which takes place a good few years later he threatens the band leader with all sorts of nastiness if it happens again. He wants a proper length waltz with Angelique, by now his wife. Interestingly it is also the only place in the GMJ Series where Foxtrot and Geelslang actually wears their Special Forces parachute wings and decorations for bravery and other awards and they only do so because Angelique ordered them to do so. She herself is not wearing her many decorations and own Special Forces / Commando parachute wings, she only did as far as we know when meeting the President of France, something I will describe more fully in a later book if I get to it. It is known though that Foxtrot gives the fellow the evil eye for gaping at her “chest area” which is only expected from French presidents and from Foxtrot. And then there are the last few pages where Foxtrot, rather bravely I thought, arrives for his kiss which actually, as avid readers will know, only happens in Code Name Vfo565, the first book. But you can read the story yourself.
The book cover is great - it shows the scene where they are in the Drakensberg Mountains camping out. During this time there are many great scenes with many witty comments between Angelique and Foxtrot. She got cheated once again with Foxtrot explaining a self-made (he made it up on the spot) rule about toe crossing limits when lying under oath. Whilst she does not believe him or Geelslang confirming it loyally she plays along, she is smarter than them. This I assure you will come back to haunt Foxtrot. I loved writing Code Name Honey Bee, I do hope you love reading it.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in sub Saharan Africa, a military and war historian and published author of 43 books. His late wife was an American Patriot that served with the U.S. Navy. His books are widely read among military veterans of many nations.