In Code Name One Alpha, we look at human trafficking in much detail because there is a link with counter-terrorism which I explain inside the book. I knew something about human trafficking. We see the news and read the articles, but I did not understand the scope of the problem. As Angelique explains in Chapter 7, there are currently 40 to 43 million slaves in the world. That is close to double Australia’s population, half of that of Britain and France and 90% of South Africa’s. Serious figures and so many that we cannot really comprehend it. Best is to look at everyone walking around in a city like New York, and imagine them in shackles... and then you still don’t have the picture. You should add London and parts of Lagos, Nigeria. I had the unhappy task to describe to you in this book what is done to victims once they are grabbed, snatched, abducted. There comes a time when a man must stop looking the other way and stand up and be counted. Once you read this book you have no more justifications in ignoring what is happening right now right inside your community. If you don’t want that burden, don’t read Code Name One Alpha, walk away from this book.
Then, as the main theme, it is important, I describe how a NATO / US-based Special Forces Team will be hunted down in this theatre and destroyed when cornered and note I say “when” and not “if” cornered. The enemy Special Forces Team stands no chance as far as I am concerned and why I say so is defined in the book. I explain to you how the South African Army’s armour battlegroups operate independently with their own infantry and supply columns. As a cover, to explain the role of the armour in hunting Special Forces, we take a hard look at how CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) is done here with armour formations, Special Forces, spies, multi-role air superiority fighters and whatever else is needed. To do so we take a very interesting look at CSAR in history, especially in the Vietnam War. It is not a job for Special Forces as such but can be done by Special Forces if asked but only when all other options failed. The question is whether the downed pilot is worth the risk rescuing him. The answer is almost always, no, he is not worth the effort. We deal with realities in GMJ Books and the topic is discussed in great detail, it makes for great reading, I hope you enjoy what is given here to consume and think about.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, conducting a training CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) mission to liberate a shot down pilot on the run. They are working with the Army’s armour battalions and Special Forces. However, she is at the same time manipulating affairs to include an exercise to find a simulated NATO Special Forces Team that may be operating in South Africa in the future, she wishes to test the most likely response to such a threat. To do that she is calling in fast-moving armour, attack helicopters, mechanised infantry, paratroopers, Special Forces and her own people to chase the team down. Yet, this is not all, behind all this, she is planning a secret raid on a maternity clinic in a nearby city, being used as a human trafficking centre. She has reports that the place is also trading in human organs. As far as is known, she has no official permission for the raid, the traffickers are protected by the highest levels of corruption. That will not stop Angelique Dawson. Her bodyguard and later husband, Geoffrey Foxtrot and his friend, legendary Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele have their hands full to protect Angelique and work out the logistics, plan the raid and then execute it, all under the tactical command of Angelique’s female team leader, One Alpha, a Zulu girl that would later die with her entire team in the line of duty. 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. Code Name One Alpha is the 34th book of the popular GMJ Series.