Code Name Angel, GMJ Book 7, is probably my favourite because it is the first book where Angelique Dawson is at the fore front leading operations and causing havoc doing so. The banter between her and Foxtrot is hilarious at times and she comes into her own. Up to now, in the previous books she was more on the background because of the story line where she is protected and not seen that much. Once again, as the Series grew, readers asked questions about the characters before they got married in Code Name Vfo565 or GMJ1. And I tried to oblige.
In this book we look at lost or re-manufactured South African nuclear weapons to be recovered before they reach terrorist hands. It is not as far-fetched as it sounds and we delve deep into the old nuclear program. Historically, South Africa did have nuclear weapons by 1978. Thus far it is the only country in the world to voluntarily disarm and dispose the weapons, in this case, to the USA. This took place just before 1994 when Mr Mandela took over and many see it as evidence of the lack of trust the West had in the new lot. They could not be trusted with such weapons.
The engineers and scientists who build the weapons did not disappear and the skills remained. Many would resurface trying to make a new living in a dispensation that they felt unwelcome in…hence letting it know they could be twisted into manufacturing such weapons again, at the right price. This is, again, not far-fetched at all. It is on record that a few scientists (PhD's) wrote rather heated letters to the US Authorities threatening to do exactly this, to be employed meaningfully or to go rogue and do what they do best. What happened further to them I don’t know but I can tell you, if Iran wants a nuclear device, they just need to come down south and get one. It is old technology and not much to it.
The best moment in the book for me? Undoubtedly two scenes, first where Angelique stood in Foxtrot’s arms (they were holding onto a ski-boat she insulted terribly by calling it the “Pink Slut” – this will return in many books) and they celebrated Christmas. The other nice scene is where she forced him into a skinny dip to wash blood of his body and then to wash and rinse her hair for hours (well, forty minutes). The two of them are now very aware of their growing feelings for each other and I, being rather romantic at times, wrote it like that with a smile. They know they are soul mates and yet is too scared to do much about it, she being “otherwise” and his commanding officer. They are also just over a year away from the deaths of their spouses in Code Name Foxtrot or GMJ6. Their love story grows a lot in the next couple of books.
The book cover is at a place called Bilene in Mozambique where most of the book plays off as well as a bit further north closer to the town of Xai Xai. Bilene used to be known as Sao Martinho during colonial times and is mentioned in other books also. In fact, the previous book, Code Name Foxtrot ends where Angelique tells Foxtrot and Geelslang to open a diving school there as a front company to watch the radical influx. The place is also mentioned in the first GMJ Book, Code Name Vfo565 and you can go there, you will find it looks exactly like that on the cover. It is rather nice and popular as a holiday destination.
I believe that Code Name Angel is a great read. I got wonderful feedback from many readers. It was fun to write it and to see how Angelique uses every tool at her disposal to get the weapons back including later enemies like the South African Navy. It is also the first book where the Israeli Special Forces, the Sayaret Matkal, gets directly involved with South African Special Forces directly under her command. This will happen again in GMJ10 Code Name Honey Bee and the current GMJ Book (almost done) Code Name Devorah or GMJ11.