In Code Name Odette, we deal with codes and cyphers as well as the dangers of radical penetration agents in Western Intelligence Agencies. What came out in my research, in this book, is really fascinating. I further wanted to explain to readers in this book on what the difference between a code and a cypher is. I found that not many know the difference but I am sure after reading Code Name Odette, you will know. We also found out that almost all the decrypted World War Two Bletchley Park cyphers were useless as workable intelligence and never to very seldom used on a tactical level used by those needing it most, the troops on the ground fighting the enemy. And that makes it an almost useless effort as far as I am concerned. When you look beyond the romanticised versions of history you must conclude that everyone was reading everyone else’s cyphers and did so habitually.
More importantly, currently, it came out in the research that the damage done by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to the ability of the West to crack Al-Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist cyphers cannot be described in words. They immediately upgraded all their cyphers after his revelations, we discuss the changes in the book. I have no doubts that his actions will and most probably already have murdered American servicemen. It is that simple but that brought us to the other point in Code Name Odette, the penetration of radicals into the Western Intelligence Services since there is an astonishing reluctance to vet new recruits thoroughly because they fear of being accused of “Islamophobia.” They don’t ask and appoint men and women blindly almost. It is something that is discussed in other GMJ Books as well, the open-door policy which will break those Agencies in the years to come. You must be daft to think that spy games are not being played and I have good reason why I warn. If you care to read the so-called “Al-Qaeda Manual” which has a South African connection that I often explain in my books and first came to the fore when found on the 2005 London Tube bombers computers, all 178 pages of it if not more, has an entire chapter in it on penetrating Western Agencies. So, the threat is here and the danger present, it makes perfect sense and is in line with other intercepted messages.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are in Nigeria, West Africa, to investigate what she believes is the breaking of cyphers in the UK Embassy in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Her orbiting satellites picked up a decoded message that she planted as barium charge. The trail leads to the small island of São Tomé, famous as a staging base during the Biafran War. To get there she commandeers an old C-7 Caribou, a twin-engine Vietnam era cargo aircraft. Her bodyguard and later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot, is the designated coffee maker, his friend, legendary Special Forces platoon leader Geelslang Peter Ndebele, acting as co-pilot. At São Tomé, they succeed in snatching the suspected traitor and decide to TWEP (terminate with extreme prejudice, i.e. assassinate) him by dropping him from the aircraft with a defective parachute. However, the aircraft loses an engine and only Geelslang and the traitor jump, leaving Foxtrot with Angelique. He is refusing flatly to jump to safety and leaving her, his future wife and soul. They eventually crash into the ocean, almost not making it. The next day, diving onto the wreck, they find explosives. If the aircraft did not develop engine trouble, she would have exploded. That discovery starts a hunt for the moles inside Angelique’s own ranks, she is never going to forgive. 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 covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. This is the eighth book in the popular GMJ Series.