“Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.” ― John le Carré
Today is 4 December 2018. It was on this day in 2014 when the first GMJ Novel, Code Name VFO565, was published. Since then another 44 GMJ books saw the light of day as well as 2 others under my own name. That is a book a month every month, 450 pages each on average. It was a journey that started just after the unexpected passing of my wife in 2014, something I briefly write about in Code Name Mélisse. As far as I am concerned, Deep State got her and there is no forgiveness for that. She was a good patriotic American woman, no enemy of the state. Yet, no mercy was shown. Forgiveness, in my world, is earned by asking for it.
Writing the GMJ Books kept me sane. They took me to another world and one that I hoped to have left behind. But it was not to be, I understand now that it takes more than two roubles to get out of the Great Game. Of course, you are warned by the old hands when you first sign up but who listens? Most certainly not me, I had fun hunting terrorists and I have fun in telling stories and talking to readers.
GMJ Novels are not for stupid people that never read anything without pictures and depend on social media for information. What you will find is researched facts, little known military and political history and much more. Sometimes I make mistakes and rectify them immediately when my readers point them out. I am smiling as I type here. In Code Name VFO565 I said that the AK47 and Dragunov sniper rifle use the same caliber which is untrue, the AK47 round is smaller, the Dragunov has what is known as the Soviet 30-06. In Code Name Anika I wrote of the Chinese MANPAD, the FN-6, but it came out FM-6, that too was rectified. In another, I wrongly classified an Indian Navy carrier. Nothing to worry about, we simply fix it and carry on, lessons learned. I don’t mind, this is fun, departing knowledge.
The book format changed too, for the better. Every book now has a 35,000-word Intelligence Briefing that is updated every month and designed to tell you what mainstream media will not. Last week a reader said to me that no American or NATO citizen will enjoy reading the briefing. Apparently, they will get heartburn from annoyance at what is exposed. That is true but note it is done to warn of known weaknesses and dreadful shenanigans taking place. It was Malcolm X that said, “You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” There comes a time that a man must speak up and be counted. And so I did. Whatever else, I stood up.
Where deceit is present, I will expose it from any side of the spectrum. Unhappily, there is an enormous amount of deceit coming from the Pentagon, White House and other NATO states, especially London and Paris, still having delusions of their former glory. When you walk around with the “Beacon of Freedom,” “exceptionalism,” “holier-than-thou,” and “Leader of the Free World” mantle you better live up to your claims which are today based on echo chamber antics and not reality. Listening to utterly insane utterances on meddling (no evidence of Russian meddling but plenty of US meddling everywhere, regime change etc.) and reading the comments / articles online I realised that they actually believe their own silly propaganda. A warning, that is the first and best way to be defeated in war, to believe your own crap. You ought to stand back and think things through.
“I’ll never forgive Barack Obama for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted. It was old and tired, and I came in and I had to fix it, and I’m in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money, so I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our military. What he did made this country very unsafe...” Donald J Trump on 9 November 2018. “The United States has lost its military advantage to such a degree that it could potentially lose a future war with Russia or China. The US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia...” National Defence Strategy Commission to the US Congress, 14 November 2018. So, I was right, vindicated, and yet I take no pleasure in that. I hope that changes will be made before it is too late.
Some of the GMJ Books were banned, soft banned, hard banned and the manuscript on at least one changed without my permission by Amazon, CreateSpace, Facebook and there is no doubt that the popular search engines are also not helping my cause much. It reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I am still here, still writing, still exposing and that is entirely due to my readers that supported me loyally. Your notes and encouragement mean a lot. Those that helped me on this journey, especially Alec, Lucy, and Rebecca, the ONE, thank you. For the rest of you, thank you, I am grateful.