Behind The Text’ Part 22_Competitors
‘Two Of A Trade Seldom Agree.’ (Proverb)
Jonas Forbes in four of this series faces opposition which might be termed ‘competition’ – regarding either securing or retaining control of a person or object. Clearly this involves getting away with what he’s got, which may mean facing the same people on another occasion.a cipher is also challenged by the Mukhabarat (Egyptian Security Police): while in his hunt for Bormann to recover documents the extra danger is supplied by Bormann’s SS protectors. In both cases Jonas is captured but manages to escape with the goods.
So why did I include Mossad twice? Because they’re a very effective organisation and, in both cases, they'd provide ideal competitors for the target – in the first a list of Israeli agents in Egypt and in the second Martin Bormann, a prominent Nazi fugitive. I should add that, in the latter case, Mossad don’t realise Jonas is involved until the very end – and after they’ve virtually wiped out the SS unit!
Why should I repeat characters in different books? Some readers (like myself) if they spot this situation, may look forward to seeing how Round 2 will work out with extra relish. Hopefully there’d have been changes on both sides to add interest for such discerning readers. However, this device shouldn’t be overdone. In some series I've read the same opponent occurs so often I start questioning how both sides can survive to fight another day.Competitors differ from villains because there often develops some degree of mutual respect.