Code Name Dawson is the fifth GMJ Book and the one where the Egg Breaker War ends or perhaps not. The entire story is not told yet and it depends on how I feel but the Series was supposed to end there. That is why it ends on a certain date which is important for me. As you know, the books are full of codes to honour my late wife. However, I got so many letters asking about our two love birds, Angelique Dawson and Major Geoffrey Foxtrot that I kept on writing to ensure that the reader understand more about their background before they got married in GMJ Book 1, Code Name Vfo565. From GMJ Book 6, Code Name Foxtrot to GMJ Book 10, Code Name Honey Bee they are in history before the first book and yes I know it is confusing. I apologise.
In Code Name Dawson, without giving too much away, Foxtrot and Geelslang is down south inside South Africa to find and terminate a rogue French Foreign Legion member who joined the radicals taking his skills with him (this happened in real life). He created a special team to assassinate Angelique and obviously neither she nor Foxtrot is going to wait patiently for him to attack. Hence they hunt him and his team down first. The best part of the book to me is where Angelique negotiates with a senior government official and tells him to call her “Mrs Dawson-Foxtrot or Mrs Foxtrot.” Standing by her man like that is to me very special. She is not your normal wife and not a walkover but a strong and independent woman who loves her husband enough to be addressed by his last name. It is a very big deal in the book.
Many readers asked me, as the book came out, will someone important meaning the main characters die? The answer is no. I will not easily let a main character die. Perhaps it is personal but I have control in the books. It is not real life where I can lose a wife to God and are powerless to prevent it. Nor do I believe from the comments when Angelique was shot in Code Name Phoenix will the readers take kindly to such ideas. It is the same as sex - you will not find graphic sexual scenes in my books. I don’t write such filth and there is not enough money in the world to make me change my views on this subject. Even with the characters I only said “that night we finally became one” and the rest is for you to imagine. Certain things in life should stay between husband and wife.
The book cover is good, very good as it shows a dramatic scene in the book where Foxtrot jumps from an airship or blimp (it is silent) to infiltrate an enemy compound. A year later, after the book, we had an unfortunate incident here in South Africa when a young American woman was attacked and killed by lions. The place where the attack took place is accurately described in the book with Foxtrot stating he does not wish to be dropped in that area because of the lions. It is like this with every GMJ Book. I said it before but you can bet your last penny that if a place or a scene is mentioned or described it exists. You can go there and see the book play out in front of you. Also what the characters say is true. In every book they say that close to thirty thousand innocents, women and children, non-combatants all of them, were killed in concentration camps erected by the British Army during the Second Anglo Boer War. Don’t try to argue or play with words – it happened and is well documented in history. I noted yesterday in another book written by a British historian that he speaks of the “alleged” deaths as if there can be doubt on the subject. I have news for him, it is not “alleged!” Halo, wake up, it happened and as far as I am concerned he destroyed his reputation by that word choice. I deleted his book which up to then was quite good and enjoyable. If you cannot write accurately, you waste my time and other readers. I believe this and it reflects in my books.
I am proud of the GMJ Books, every one of them. I can prove beyond any reasonable doubt whatever my characters say to you even if it is astonishing at times (according to one reader). I don’t just write a fiction book, I research constantly and draw on thirty years of experience which I share with you. I hope you will find the same enjoyment in Code Name Dawson as I did writing the book.