Code Name Pour Angelique follows on the first GMJ Book, Code Name Vfo565. After Angelique Dawson is rescued by Foxtrot she is debriefed in Corsica (we think, not too sure) whilst the men rebuild the Ukuthula Ranch in Northern Mozambique. They are semi-retired from the Great Game but have TWEP (terminate with extreme prejudice, i.e. assassination) order against them as does Angelique. This is only expected, they helped her escape and such an insult will not be taken lightly their enemies who take a rather dim view of them.
One night they are attacked by an assassination team and the heat is on. Foxtrot and Geelslang are not going to stand back and wait to be attacked again. They decide to go on the offensive and fly to Dubai (for reasons which are not clear in the book) where they are intercepted by Angelique and Sir John, the old goat, who Foxtrot blames for the death of his first wife, Marwa. This meeting is totally unexpected and the union between Angelique and her husband, Foxtrot is emotional. They have not seen each other for almost a year and by the end of the book she confirms she is expecting the twins whom are often referred to in the books.
The name of the book refers to Angelique being back in command of the Egg Breakers (as she used to be when still working for the South African Secret Service) and the mission is on her behalf or “for Angelique” as explained somewhere in the book – the title is in French. Every GMJ Book’s name has something to do with Angelique and it is not by chance. I wrote it deliberately like that and I am proud of the fact that she is a woman, a mom (to be, up to book 11 where her twins are toddlers) and in her forties for most of the series. This is a lot more realistic than the twenty year old plus spymasters we find in Hollywood. And let no one deceive you, Angelique Dawson-Foxtrot is dangerous and always wins. Her battle of wits (or of the sexes) with Foxtrot is never ending and at times entertaining but behind that is a very dedicated Afrikaner girl with her own views on history, life and her place in a marriage. She will do what is necessary and she is special, one of a kind.
The best moment in the book, for me anyway, takes place where Angelique reveals her masterplan to set up the Western Agencies by capturing a mothership with the detained Muslim radicals on-board and gave Sir John, the old goat, almost a heart attack. He fell into the trap completely, she had outwitted him from the beginning. Interesting we first hear about this plan in GMJ Book 9, Code Name Sanford, where she vaguely refers to it. Her masterplan is to use the modern and powerful South African Navy to their full potential. The Navy plays a major part in keeping the Western snatch teams away by harassing Western nuclear submarines trying to land Special Forces to conduct operations. Her plan comes down to humiliation, simply, if the West is caught with the detained lads, by the surface fleet searching for the mother ships, they will never be allowed by weak politicians to attempt such operations again. To me when I wrote the book this explains Angelique Dawson perfectly. She plays chess with human beings in the Great Game at a level which few can comprehend and thinks five steps ahead. Many times in the Series, as you read the next book you suddenly click, ah, that is what our Mrs Dawson was up to in the previous book and suddenly it becomes clear why she is rated the top spymaster in that sphere. The scenario by the way is not really fiction, such an event will be a major embarrassment for the West with the liberal press going all out to score points. It is a major consideration for many not to conduct such operations.
Without giving the plot away too much it is decided at the Dubai conference that Angelique will take command of the Egg Breakers, now helping the West with snatches and being ambushed from the side by the assassination teams to undo her own masterplan. To do that the Type 209 submarines of the South African Navy needs to be sabotaged and reduced in numbers so that the West’s submarines can operate freely again. Foxtrot and Geelslang heads south to do exactly this and how they do it, at the Naval Base in Simonstad, caused a few comments. Enough to say though that the methods of entry and the explosives used on one submarine in dry dock is exactly what happened in an exercise I was told about. The “saboteurs” got in and planted the mock explosives, hence it is realistic, and it will work. Furthermore Foxtrot takes revenge on the fellow who ordered the detention on Angelique in the previous book and who tried the pre-emptive strike on Ukuthula Ranch.
The assassination of this fellow by Foxtrot caused me a few anxious moments as I feared revealing too much on how such an attack should be done. I feared I may have revealed knowledge which is dangerous and subjected the book to friends, a former Special Forces Officer and South African Secret Service Officer, for review. Both said go ahead, the knowledge is already out in the open because of a rather silly reality television show. And so I did. I was also told the tree across the road from where the scene takes place was searched by the authorities afterwards (I find this highly amusing). Another reader said he cannot drive on that road without scanning for the ambush site and where Foxtrot and Geelslang were shooting from. Such feedback is really nice to me, thank you for that but remember it is fiction, it never actually happened.
The book is like all GMJ Books dynamic, it is the start of the Egg Breaker War between Angelique’s men (the Egg Breakers whom she commanded before and voted her in as leader) and the South African Secret Service, backed up by Special Forces, to protect the Muslim radicals against attack and hence keeping the Muslim Truce in place. Angelique is also never alone from now on. She is always escorted by bodyguards from DGSE, the French Espionages Service under command of her French (or Frog thug as Foxtrot calls him) Minder who plays a larger role as the story unfolds. For instance in GMJ Book 5, Code Name Dawson, he meets the love of his life, an Afrikaner rancher girl and friend of Foxtrot. But that is another day’s reading.