Code Name: Spirit
book review by Heather Brooks
“It would take a concerted effort by law enforcement at all levels to clean up America.”
Military Operations for the Prevention of Subversion (MOPS), a top-secret military organization, originally existed to fight Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Now, in the early twenty-first century, it serves to protect the United States from acts of terrorism by any country in the world. Only its members know it exists. Even the President is none the wiser. But when a new and devoutly Christian takes office intending to reclaim the soul of the nation for God, they reveal it to him. They place themselves at his disposal to fight terrorism as the need arises. MOPS becomes Counter Subversion Executive (CSE), and its agents keep their promise. Keenest to fulfill his duty is Lieutenant Colonel Hunter William “Bill” Bowman, code name: SPIRIT. Will love for their country be sufficient to carry him and his loyal team through perilous encounters with some of the world’s fiercest opponents of liberty?
By the author’s own admission, this novel presents an idealized America, one in line with his strongly conservative Christian beliefs. His passion for his faith is clear from his frequent quotations of both the Bible and Christian-themed assertions of various Founding Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln. Equally apparent is his love of country, which will likely increase the appeal of this book to fans of both spy novels and volumes about military history. It might also find an audience among educators in private Christian schools. Some women readers may take exception to the text’s consistent portrayals of female characters as sexually aggressive and available. Still, Wilson’s personal, long, and distinguished military service informs his minutely detailed discussion of his subject matter. He also shows sincere gratitude for his fellow military personnel’s courage and uncomplaining acceptance of hardship in the interest of the preservation of the freedoms he cherishes.
Code Name: Spirit
Reviewed by: Anthony Avina
The journey to ﬁnd ourselves is not always an easy task. While some people ﬁnd meaning in family, friends, their careers or their dreams, others ﬁnd it in service to others. As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to ﬁnd yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” In author Colonel Don Wilson’s novel Code Name: Spirit, the continuing adventures of a secret military hero unravel.
In this thrilling sequel to the action—packed book Code Name: William Tell, hero Hunter “William” Bowman ﬁnds himself tasked with a new assignment. After leading the team that brought down KRAIT, a maniacal KGB agent, Bill ﬁnds himself facing the threat of Islamic extremism, a love thought lost returns to him, and the historian continues to tell the tale of William Tell as he evolves as a team leader into Code Name: Spirit.
The novel is just as action-fueled and detail oriented as its predecessor. The book delves even more personally into the life of Bill Bowman speciﬁcally, showcasing his growing relationships in the ﬁeld and with a long-lost love. The book also delves more into the ties that religion have to those who serve in the military, particularly Christianity and the United States Military. This adds a more personal element to those readers who ﬁnd themselves in the same religious mindset as the protagonist.
Code Name: Spirit is for those who enjoy action and adventure novels with a military realism aspect and engaging characters throughout. I do believe religious readers will be fond of the connections made between the characters and their faith. This leads to more bonding and cohesive organizing between the various team members of the task force, as the team focuses on a new enemy to face.
A brilliant follow up to the author’s ﬁrst book, Colonel Don Wilson’s novel Code Name: Spirit is a phenomenal sequel which builds upon the characters and plot of the ﬁrst book in a natural and believable way. The action and story are filled with twists and turns even in the opening chapters of the story and will keep readers hanging on the author’s every word. Be sure to grab your copy today!