Code Name Missa 72 follows, time wise, on Code Name Willow Bay and is a very exciting story from a military history viewpoint and one never before revealed as far as I know. What happens in this book is that Angelique Dawson, accompanied by her two star operatives, Foxtrot & Geelslang, have to rescue a double agent from certain death as he is betrayed and needs to get out. It is a classic undercover smuggling mission of a high level source out of a hostile environment, in this instance Zimbabwe. Interestingly though, the source, a high ranking Zimbabwe Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant General Mark Sithole, has a connection with Geelslang and Foxtrot they forgot about and never reported officially.
The story flash back to their top secret mission in Manica Province, Mozambique in 1987, something mentioned in passing in previous books but not in detail. GMJ readers will know Geelslang and Foxtrot were there, behind enemy lines for months, training and commanding RENAMO, the anti-communist resistance movement originally started by the Rhodesians. It is an open secret that South African Special Forces were deployed there but exactly what they did is not known. From the Truth & Reconciliation hearings we learned the weapons captured by RENAMO were smuggled south under Operation Marion with the intention to arm the Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party. What is not known in general is what else happened and this is where Code Name Missa 72 comes in, the story is way more interesting than what most are acquainted with.
Zimbabwe frequently attacked RENAMO inside Mozambique during the 1980s and at times occupied parts large of Mozambique trying desperately to keep the pipelines and roads open as to avoid dealing with South Africa. And RENAMO, under men like Geelslang and Foxtrot, South African Special Forces, attacked and conducted numerous operations against Zimbabwe to destabilize her and at times, attacked Zimbabwe territory directly. It is during such an attack where history is changed and Geelslang finds himself inside Zimbabwe at the Katiyo Tea Estate in the Honde Valley (inside Zimbabwe) and that is as far as I am willing to reveal the plot. You can read the rest. The action is nonstop, the suspense terrible and physically from Lake Kariba to the Honde Valley and back with a rampant Angelique Dawson in command causing Foxtrot all sorts of problems being born “otherwise.” The cover is great, it shows a PBY Catalina flying boat, as used in the story, on Lake Kariba, thank you to Sulet.
Code Name Missa 72 is a great story and based on fact as is all GMJ Books. It is also the longest at 301 pages and will be available in paper besides the normal e-publishing formats. See the GMJ website where you can download it, it is very much worth reading. If you wish to read about covert and Special Forces operations in Sub Saharan Africa the GMJ Books are the place to start. Code Name Missa 72 is the thirteenth book in the popular GMJ Series.
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.