Code Name Foxtrot, GMJ Book 6, is the book where the reader is taken back into history to the time when Foxtrot’s wife dies in an IED in Iraq. The event is often mentioned in other books because it is important to the story and explains why he hates Sir John so much.
The entire GMJ Series is a love story, between Angelique and Foxtrot. You will know if you followed the story that Foxtrot, during his service years, tried and failed to rescue Angelique’s dad who is also his former commanding officer and mentor. The events are described in detail in Code Name Foxtrot. Whilst searching the deceased general’s body he finds a picture of a smiling Angelique with her parents in the general's wallet and keep the picture in his Bible, it means that much to him and it is probably correct to say he fell in love with her when he saw her picture. However, when they meet about eight years later he notices she is married and happily married (her husband would reappear in Code Name Devorah, GMJ Book 11 to explain more why he died). Foxtrot meets Marwa whilst seized in France and they have a very short but happy marriage.
In the meantime a close friendship developed between Foxtrot and Angelique and they were always meant to be. It is often that way with souls in life, once they meet it is a question of time before they know and do something about it. But it must be clear that neither were untrue to their spouses, ever. The romantic love comes later but starts in this book after Foxtrot’s wife is killed and Angelique’s husband dies within a month later of cancer. As Foxtrot stands next to her, he and Geelslang acted as pallbearers and supporting Angelique, he gave her his handkerchief to wipe her tears away. This is symbolic and the handkerchief would make several appearances in later books. She never returns it and the question is left to the reader why not? Obviously it means something to her.
For me as the author, the greatest moment in the book and there are many is where Foxtrot corners Sir John who he blames rightly or wrongly for his wife’s death and is about to execute him. Angelique stops him at the last moment and as they stood talking he sees his late wife in the background. She appears from time to time to him during emotional times and nods when she realizes Angelique is there to look after him. The two women knew each other a long time and that too is revealed in later books, she was Angelique’s contact in the French DGSE and later replaced by her Minder who played a role from GMJ Book 2, Code Name Pour Angelique onward. Anyway, she uses the same handkerchief to wipe his tears and it is a tender moment where you see a tough man like Foxtrot lost for words and crying silently for his wife. There is nothing “over the top” about it unless you are utterly unromantic in which case, don’t bother to read my books.
There are other great moments in the book which reflects on the cover as always. The covers are not just done. The designer actually reads the books (it is fair to say she loves Angelique’s antics) and then designs something which reflects back into the book. You will note the flowers on the cover. It reflects to a scene in the book at Marwa’s funeral where he asks Angelique who flew in to attend the funeral to support Foxtrot if she knew about the old wife’s tale to predict an unborn child’s sex, boy or girl. Marwa, when she died was with child and Foxtrot only finds out when he signs for her body. He never knew his son who died with her. Angelique answered yes, she knew, and she would have chosen not lilies but roses symbolizing girls and in later years, as we know, she and Foxtrot is blessed with twin daughters. This was not done by chance. Nothing is in the GMJ Books and when I wrote the book it was about a year after my own wife and soul passed on. Hence I had sad experience in losing a soul and could well imagine what Foxtrot and Angelique felt standing there saying goodbye and finding comfort with needling at each other before they realized they are souls.
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