I say in most books that military code names have nothing in common with the actual operation taking place. It should not and it is silly to expect the name to mean anything or indicate anything in particular. Therefore, none of the GMJ Books have a name from which you can deduct the contents of the book and that is not by chance, it is written like that as it should be - a hidden code, known only to those directly involved. This makes it easy for me to play with names and to honour those I wish to honour. For an author, there are two dimensions, the books, and real-life and the two mix at times. Some authors will tell you that they pour their souls into a book. Others will say a book is a part of you, like a child, which you send into the cruel world with much trepidation whilst hoping for the best. With my books, I have codes within codes, secret messages to the informed which are seldom revealed to the reader.
July 27 is such a code. 27 July 2018 is when I met Rebecca, the ONE, my wife. Since I met her all the GMJ fictionalised books had code names reflecting to us. Code Name Rebecca 65, an obvious reference, that is her name. Code Name Swan 53, because she saw two swans on the lake where she lives, for months. It was as if they were following her around. A simple Google search revealed that a swan is seen as a mythological messenger of God. Then came our marriage in South Africa and tremendous problems to get the marriage legally registered because of the notorious utter incompetence on the part of the South African Department of Home Affairs (aka Hell Affairs) where marriages must be registered to be official. Without the official registration, your marriage is null and void, end of story. I can write books on the frustrations that went with that episode which brought us closer together. It also caused me to write Code Name Masemole 26. One man helped us, a fine upstanding fellow, and I called the book after him, Code Name Masemole 26. Now we are at one year since we found each other, Code Name July 27. So that is the reason for the name which has nothing to do with the book contents as such – the story is about a seaborne raid to destroy a warehouse behind enemy lines. Therefore, we looked at history, the two South African Army Special Forces Raids called Kerslig (1981) and Nobilis (1984). Both were seaborne sabotage raids conducted against Angola and specifically close or right inside the port of Luanda. Both were highly successful and both have lessons in them that were applied to later operations, especially in the use of explosives which is in no other book which I know about. From this, I wrote Code Name July 27 on how such a seaborne raid will be done, the background, the planning and the execution. Therefore, you may expect to find quite a few additional explanations in footnotes and brackets. It is a historical type of book and well worth reading if you love military history and Special Forces techniques seldom revealed in public.
But was this by chance? Did Rebecca and myself happened just like that? No. We paid dearly by losing loved ones before we could be one. There were interesting interludes. As with all authors, I have full control in what I call my books and my system is such that I can honour whoever I want, and I do. For example, Code Name VET 101 refers to a former member of that elite division that lost an eye in Vietnam, a good friend that attended our wedding. Code Name Ndebele 14 has a hairdresser in it that exists. She does the hair of the elderly and cancer patients free of charge, an effort to assist. There are many such examples in my books. Code Name Lucy, Code Name Anika, Code Name VFO565 and many more, they all have real people in the background being honoured. Did I somehow know about Rebecca’s existence before I met her? Yes. I often thought of her and at times prayed for her because I felt she had need of a prayer. I knew that she was out there but I had no idea what she looks like or her name, obviously not. Yet, let us look at some curious facts that my code name system brought along. GMJ 10, Code Name Honey Bee, Rebecca was once known as “HoneyB.” GMJ 37, Code Name Dawn, Rebecca’s daughter can be known as “Dawn” when speaking Hindi. It was in the same book, Code Name Dawn, that the Mossad Triplets started appearing in the series, they are called Rebecca A, Rebecca B, and Rebecca C. They speak German & English, so does Rebecca the ONE besides French. They have brown hair, dark eyes, and now they have a sexy aunt, my wife. By chance? I don’t believe in chance, my friends. I believe in God, love, and I am grateful that I could honour my wife in the fashion above. I am blessed.
Code Name July 27 will be available on Saturday, 27 July 2019 at my website and Amazon.