George M James
Betrayal and the Use of Pseudo Forces in Espionage
422 pages in paperback
In Code Name Cadillac we deal with the typical double-crossing scenario we often find in espionage as well as the use of pseudo forces to create a false impression and trail on what actually happened or did not happen. Confusing the issue is a spy craft speciality which they all excel at, and alarming games are played all the time. It is all about deniability for the turds (politicians) and the spymasters themselves and it gets complicated because of the stupid games going on in the background.
In a previous book, Code Name Sanford, I explained how different intelligence agencies work together for the greater good, or so they say. Each agency has their own agenda and only God knows what that is. Spymasters do meet for tea and discuss God knows what, since they would deny meeting and must report all contacts. Failure to do so and or failure to report a recruitment attempt can and will be used as a reason for distrust and then execution may follow, depending on who you work for. Yet, at such meetings, as I pointed out numerous times in the GMJ Books, no outright lying takes place and there is an honour code.
Historically, the KGB head called his CIA counterpart when President Kennedy was assassinated to assure him that the USSR had nothing to do with it. He was believed. But it can also happen that formal handshakes are ignored and other shenanigans start. Such one-sided actions may have terrible consequences on operations. When the betrayal is discovered, and it will be, harsh words are exchanged if lucky and order is restored by much violence if not.
This is what happens in Code Name Cadillac. Angelique Dawson helps the MI6 and then discovers she was betrayed. She reacts and defends her turf viciously. This can happen too, enemies are friends and friends are enemies.
Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are tasked to rescue the Zimbabwean defector, Lieutenant General Mark Sithole, once again. After they smuggled him out of Zimbabwe during Code Name Missa 72, he is being debriefed but in serious danger of being murdered by collaborators inside the South African Secret Service. In order to save General Sithole, as his knowledge is important, he must be removed from South Africa to the United Kingdom where MI6 will take over.
All this is on the request of MI6 Spymaster, Sir John McElroy, but there is a caveat – the South African rescue connection must be kept secret, if possible. In a classic pseudo forces operation, Angelique’s longtime bodyguard and chief agent, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot, is told to get the job done. He turns to his best friend, legendary Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele, who is able to speak standard BBC upper-class English, so he becomes Major Andy Windsor, a member of the British Special Air Service. With other BBC English speakers, all of them South African Special Forces members, they rescue General Sithole and smuggle him out but they are betrayed by Sir John. Angelique reacts furiously when she finds out and Sir John is facing execution when they meet. General Sithole probably makes one of the best speeches about colonial soldiers and betrayal by the British Queen.
On a personal level, Angelique Dawson is almost willing to admit her feelings towards her future soul, Major Geoffrey Foxtrot. A classic spy story, full of twists and turns and ending with a clash between Foxtrot’s forces and a Zimbabwean Army Special Forces Team attempting to snatch General Sithole back.
Angelique unleashes a Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter in support of her men, fighting all the way.
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 Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few.
Code Name Cadillac is the fourteenth book in the popular GMJ Series.