George M James
The Rescue of Trapped Diplomats by Unconventional Means
473 pages in paperback
Code Name Casselberry is about evacuating trapped citizens from hostile countries by unconventional means.
In Africa, things are different than in the rest of the world and are often more confusing. A nation that seems peaceful and can be peaceful for years may explode into violence overnight. It is hard to predict such events because the signs of unrest are always there.
If violence does erupt, one must act very quickly, and the usual Western way is to evacuate trapped citizens by securing an airport or airfield. Once this happens, the citizens are led onboard onto cargo planes or other aircraft. All the while the airport is being protected by conventional forces (Marines, Paratroopers, led by Special Forces). The problem is that this technique is well-known, so one may very well walk into an ambush.
It is also fact that every single US Embassy in sub-Saharan Africa have been studied to be attacked and all possible evacuation routes are also known.
Civilian unrest may well become a civil war sooner than later. If the Marines are not available and a friendly warship is not close by to launch its helicopters or the trapped ones are far inland, what do you do?
Other plans have to be made in a great hurry. Spies are often used during such eventualities. Firstly, to meet the incoming forces, secondly, to smuggle the people out themselves and lastly, to keep them safe until the conventional rescue forces arrive.
In this book, the unconventional forces are quickly called upon to take care of the situation. An MI6 spymaster asks his local counterpart for help and wheels start turning. What happens is fascinating. The most worrying factor of the above though is when different Special Forces Teams unexpectedly stumble into each other. Chances are good that men will die in the first opening shots. It must be prevented at almost any cost. Sometimes, the message to stay away has to be sent, as happens here when a SEAL Team is ambushed.
Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team are flying a decades-old C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft into a hostile environment. They must rescue and safely rescue a group of diplomats caught up in political unrest in a safe house on the island of Zanzibar and another undisclosed location.
Angelique is the pilot and is assisted by her co-pilot, the legendary Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele. The old aircraft’s brakes are defective and Angelique and Geelslang must, with the assistance of parachutes, stop the heavy transport plane. This proves quite difficult but she refuses to give up.
At Zanzibar, they escort the trapped citizens towards the airport and safety with the help of her Assassins but are surrounded by riotous crowds and her long-time bodyguard and later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot, gets injured.
After sorting out some of the rioters, where violence must be used, they safely deliver the diplomats to the northern Mozambican port of Beira, before taking off again.
Meanwhile, Angelique has been informed that a US Navy SEAL Team is landing on a beach somewhere, against her wishes, and decides to ambush them with two platoons of South African Army Special Forces. She is also calling in available naval ships and air support.
Foxtrot has his hands full to keep Angelique safe, she is about to cause a major international incident as none of the SEALs are expected to survive the upcoming encounter. If shots are exchanged, the SEALs will not survive and could be wiped out to the last man. Meanwhile, Foxtrot’s is trying to prevent this from happening.
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 Casselberry is the eighteenth book of the popular GMJ Series.