In Code Name Moonlight, we take a hard look at counter-espionage and not our usual subjects, counterterrorism and espionage. It is seldom that you find someone liking both fields, the two groups don’t mix well. Angelique Dawson, when she inherited the counter-espionage desk (like a department), was not overly impressed. She is at heart a spy, not a counter-espionage operator. But what Angelique likes most in life, professionally wise, is to prove that a woman is as good as if not better than any man and when playing chess with human lives, the game of spymasters, she is the best in the business. There are also standing death warrants in our world - you see someone on it - you will take the shot and make an end, no questions asked unless you did not take the shot. The modern Western Agencies pride themselves in that they don’t do “wet work” as the KGB referred to it, that too is just so much nonsense. If you target a fellow for death, and Special Forces find that fellow and “paints” his house for an airstrike, it is “wet work” since the results are the same as if walking to him and shooting him numerous times at close range (the old Mossad way). The rules are clear, if you can get close to a designated target, then you do so. Here we see how two enemy agents look like they may be defecting and then turn deadly.
I furthermore wanted to show you how an intelligence gathering vessel may meet clandestinely with agents. It happens even on the US coasts. A submarine may be used but that is dangerous for many reasons - the submarine is a major asset. The Admirals are not amused when asked to help the spies out. The other problem is political. Whereas a spy gathering vessel, a converted trawler or whatever, can be denied, a warship cannot be. Spy vessels are seldom attacked directly and never by warships, if attacked, it will be done by other means or a conventional war may break out. Angelique Dawson finds out that a clandestine rendezvous is about to take place and she wants the spy vessel captured in the act. But there may be a double bluff ongoing, she is the real target and she ends fighting for her life in a vicious naval gun battle.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are in Zululand, South Africa, close to Hole-In-The-Wall, a well-known landmark. She heard that a clandestine meeting is about to take place between an intelligence gathering vessel of unknown origin and enemy agents, trying to smuggle someone or something out of the country. She decides to capture the enemy vessel and find out more, but she is heading into a trap. The enemy agents are setting the rendezvous up via broken communication lines to expose a friendly agent inside their ranks, one reporting to Angelique. They are also after Angelique herself, she has an automatic death warrant against her. If the two groups meet, much violence will follow. Her longtime bodyguard and later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot is doing his best to keep Angelique safe, but she is her usual “otherwise” self. With the help of his best friend, legendary Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele, they set up an ambush for the enemy vessel coming. They use the MV Triggerfish, a smallish civilian vessel, for the ambush. However, the enemy vessel opens up first when they find her, she is well armed but so is the Triggerfish with three batteries of ZPU-4 heavy machine guns. A naval gun battle of note commences as Triggerfish replies in kind. But then the foreign intelligence vessel is torpedoed by someone just as Angelique is about to board her, destroying the evidence. She is much less than amused and reacts predictably. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. Code Name Moonlight is the 29th book of the popular GMJ Series.