George M James
Unconventional Countermeasures Against Drugs
471 pages in paperback
Code Name Green 41 deals with the interdicting of drug smuggling routes by using Special Forces and secret agents only. No police, no costly public trials, no arrests, just summary justice as it should be. Things that go “boom” at night and no one knows why, except those that are smirking in delight, shaking hands on a job well done.
The question I wanted to answer is, can hard drugs be used as a weapon of war? If you somehow could flood an enemy army with drugs as was done apparently in Vietnam to the American Army, will you win the war?
In more recent times we look at Afghanistan and the poppy fields. Would that be a weapon of war and if so, how effective? The answers were provocative to me and our conclusions studied at various Military Academies in the East. It also turned out that most of what you know of Vietnam Veterans are mainstream media lies, exposed for all to read. They were not failures, drug addicts and most certainly not 19 years old on average. They were patriots and most volunteered. They did well.
In Code Name Green 41, Angelique’s troubled agent, “Lucy the Lunatic,” is first introduced. She is a counter-terrorism agent that was captured by a warlord and escaped, only to be rescued again by Angelique from the place of safety and returned to duty too soon but for her own sanity. Ours is a harsh world, if captured, you will be made to regret that you were born, especially if female and pretty. Every kind of sexual and physical abuse will take place and did take place with Lucy. No one is 100% normal after such trauma, not even a highly trained counter-terrorism agent.
Lucy is almost executed by Foxtrot when she loses it during operations and he considers her a threat to good order. I would say that in all the GMJ Books there is not one scene more dramatic than Lucy’s colleagues surrounding her to protect her from certain death. It was an act of extreme valour that is acknowledged by all those involved and is spoken about in more than one GMJ Book.
Because of the “Lucy Books” (Code Name Green 41, Code Name Celery 50, Code Name One Alpha, and Code Name Wednesday 7) the medical condition she suffers from, known as PNES is now much better understood by many readers.
Most of what you read about “Lucy”- she features in many missions - is true. She needs your prayers. Like most veterans, her war did not end in her mind when she came in from the cold. She is still fighting her demons. If you have any messages of encouragement for Lucy, I will gladly pass them on to her.
Angelique Dawson and her team are after an African warlord that captured and tortured one of her agents, Lucy.
According to intelligence received, the warlord is deliberately flooding the market with drugs, using the drugs as a weapon of war and a method to destabilise South Africa. Angelique cuts his smuggling routes by covertly using Special Forces and secret agents.
She knows that the drug convoys are escorted by Zimbabwean CIO officers on the way south and through Zimbabwe. Thus, her people intercept the next drug-carrying convoy, replacing the drivers with her agents to reveal the exact route they take.
She sinks the warlord’s drug-transporting barge in Lake Niassa by planting limpet mines on the hull. She is savagely attacking from all sides. He responds with two T-55 tanks going after the lightly armed Special Forces and agents.
The narrator, Angelique’s bodyguard and later husband, has his hands full protecting her and his men, carrying out orders and keeping a wary eye on Lucy, who seems about to crack under the strain and if she does, she will be hazardous to all around her.
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 Green 41 is the twentieth book of the popular GMJ Series.