Code Name by Larry Loftis

Code Name

The true story of the woman who became WWII's most highly decorated spy The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill.As...

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TitleCode Name
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, War, World War II

Reviews Code Name

  • Julie
    This is an incredible story of war, intrigue, love and a whole lot of courage! It is the story of Odette Sansom whose moral code would not allow her to sit back and do nothing as the Nazi made their march on Europe. At great personal expense, she left her family and her life to act as a courier for the British SOE (Special Organization Executive), whose function was to cause as much difficulty as they could for the Nazi through acts of sabotage. ...
  • Dave
    Not too often, but once in a while, a true story is so intense, thrilling, and adventurous that reading it you just might think you're reading fiction. Filled with espionage, war, romance, torture, imprisonment, and desperation, Odette's story is inspiring and fascinating. Leaving three young children behind while her husband is on the front lines, Odette volunteered to go behind enemy lines in Occupied France and work on behalf of the resistance...
  • Giselle Bradley
    4.5 Stars
  • Joseph Finder
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy, and it's just splendid: a grand adventure, part thriller, part love story, full of wonderful details about the tradecraft of wartime espionage and the names of dozens of unsung heroes who fought the Nazis on the backstreets of France. A remarkable achievement that does honor to its subject. It would make a great movie, and I'll be surprised if it hasn't already been optioned.
  • Dick Reynolds
    It’s 1942 and German troops have occupied most of Europe. A French woman named Odette Sansom wants to do her part to fight the Germans and manages to become a spy code-named Lise. She joins forces with an English officer named Peter Churchill who will be her commanding officer. Remarkably, Odette had once been married and still had three children but she persuades a relative to take care of them while she fulfills her patriotic duty for France....
  • Becky
    First sentence: Major Guthrie looked again at the photographs. Premise/plot: The subtitle of this one tells you essentially everything you need to know to decide if this book is for you: "the true story of the woman who became WWII's most highly decorated spy." Since I seek out fiction and nonfiction set during this time, it was enough for me to put the book on hold. Odette, the spy, in some ways was your average person. She was married. Her husb...
  • RoF
    I received a free copy thanks to Goodreads.This biography is interesting to discover Odette Sansom's life during WWII. However, since it is not the first biography, without reading the previous ones it is hard to evaluate its own value.Indeed, the most interesting part of the book is the last one, the chapter talking about the controversy after the war when different stakeholders published their memoirs and other tried to diminish them. Since thi...
  • Zohar -
    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.comCode Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is a non-fiction book about a British spy operating in occupied France. Mr. Lofits was a corporate attorney, but is now a full time writer.The one thing which I immediately realized by reading this book is that the author has much sympathy for his subject. Odette Sans...
  • Nissa
    Set in occupied France during World War II, this is an exciting story of life as an SOE agent working with the French Resistance which has as its chief character the brave and resourceful Odette Sansom. The author effectively conveys the atmosphere of suspicion experienced by those living through those times and for those involved in Resistance activities, the constant fear of discovery, the difficulty of knowing who to trust and the consequences...
  • Jen
    Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis. Odette Sansom Hallowes is also known as Odette Churchill and was recruited by the SOE in 1942.My problem with this biography are the "conversations." While some of these can be documented in general, using this as dialogue feels too much like fiction. I prefer a third person account unless conversations can be documented verbatim with appropriate footnotes.Odette Sansom was a French woman married to an Englishman ...
  • Kat, aka
    This book was amazing. I, like so many others, love reading f stories about the Holocaust. I'm not sure why; it was an ugly, ugly time. I think it's because in the end the good guys won, and we need to understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Like it did to Odette and Peter in Code Name: Lise.This book was hard to read, because so much of it was ugly. So many cruelties were inflicted in these pages. But it was beautiful too, be...
  • John Machata
    Liked it. Amazing true spy story.
  • Onceinabluemoon
    4.5 rounding up because I can't even imagine walking a day in her footsteps! And she was a mother... We are all made of different cloth, hers was steel, mine is lint, just stunned at her strength 💪!
  • Rae Bates
    Excellent book. What an amazing story. I am disappointed that I had never heard of this woman before now. This book is well written and engaging.
  • Ivana
    I’ve never heard of the most highly decorated spy woman until I came across this book. What a book! I felt as if I were reading a work of fiction. Incredible story, incredibly well written.
  • Marty
    I liked the book, but I did not love it. Way to much drag in the mid section, and then I was somewhat dissapointed in the last part. What happened to the children, what was their view regarding their mother?Yes Odette was very brave, but it seemed her spy carrier was over before it really started. I hope to read more about various opperations.
  • Monique
    Review written: February 14, 2019Star Rating: ★★★☆ Heat Rating: N/AViolence: There are some passages of brutal, on-page violence. An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. Odette Sansom is a name I had never heard before this book. I was curious about the woman who could become such a superlative spy. So, I read this book. Then, I read a bit more about her online. In the end, I stru...
  • Christy
    “Life takes guts.” Lucille Ball is quoted to have said. If anyone knows anything about this statement it is those who sacrifice their own safety, comfort, and sanity for that of their country. During World War II thousands came together to do just this. Odette Sansom was one of those.Odette Sansom is anything but average. Her childhood battles are enough to make most weep. She manages to overcome them and make it to adulthood. Her struggles d...
  • RMazin
    Odette, code name Lise, would not be anyone’s obvious choice to become the most highly decorated woman of WWII. Born in France, Odette overcomes childhood illness and later marries a Brit. As the war progresses, Odette’s call to patriotism, love of her first country France and the debt she owes her new country, Britain, beckons her to eventually become a member of the Special Operations Executive. This is an intelligence, spy and sabotage org...
  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    Shortly after beginning to read Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis, I had to stop and double check that this was intended to be non-fiction.  The writing was engaging, the story briskly paced, and even when giving brief back story of a new individual or situation, there was a consistent narrative thread.  And that feeling continued for much of the book, even through the torture Odette Sansom, code name Lise, endured at the hands of the SS. This i...
  • Linda
    This story has plenty of white-knuckle moments when I wanted to jump in and yell at Peter, Odette ("Lise") and others to "Get out of there." or "Don't believe him!" It's the true story of one of the most daring women agents who clandestinely entered France with other British agents to promote sabotage and espionage. There's a villain, the smart German spy-catcher Hugo Bleicher; and the romantic interest, her boss Peter Churchill. No relation to t...
  • CoffeeBreakBooks
    I was captivated by this story of Odette Sansom, one of the women specifically recruited by Britain’s SOE, Special Operations Executive, to serve as secret agents. Loftis, through meticulous research including diaries, interviews, and archives, both engages and educates us with this facet of women serving their country. Odette, code name Lise, is determined, as are the other female agents, to "do their part" for the war, just as their brothers,...
  • Brenda
    This book is a very interesting book about a woman who served as a spy for the English, in France, during WW2. The book really doesn’t have much information about her spy activities - most likely because as a courier, they wouldn’t have put her missions in writing. The author does a good job of sticking as close as possible to documented events and facts, so you’re not left wondering what is true or not.There is more detail in the book abou...
  • Tracy
    CODE NAME: LISE tells the true life tale of housewife and mother of two, Odette Sansom beginning in 1942 with her recruitment by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Starting with her training, then her missions, including her capture by the Germans, this story is fascinating and compelling. As if that weren’t enough adventure, she finds love along the way. Written from actual mission reports and first-hand accounts, this reads like ...
  • BonnieL
    Incredible story of a courageous, brave and indomitable woman spy in WWII. The scope of the horrors and atrocities of the Nazis in the war is almost lost in the recounting of the deaths of millions in their concentration camps - the mind simply cannot conceive of millions of Jews, Christians, Romany, physically and mentally challenged prisoners being callously murdered. However, when one reads a book like this in which the torture and barbaric pr...
  • Sean Sims
    From the first page to the last page Code Name: Lise pulled me in to the world of espionage during World War II. Larry Loftis expertly intertwined the suspense and excitement of operating behind enemy lines with a love story. I found that I couldn't put the book down because I always wanted to know what would happen next. At times I felt I was right beside the people in the story given the very descriptive explanations of the situation.While I gr...
  • Julie
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Shortly before winning this book, I watched the fascinating series, “Churchill’s Secret Agents,” in which present-Day civilians were put through the training for SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents in World War II. So I was quite pleased to read this excellent biography of an actual SOE agent, Odette Samson, who was a Courier for SOE in France. Eventually arrested, she heroically refused to giv...
  • Rita
    A+! Except that the story is so very ... horrible. People need to read this, and reread it until they process all the war and disgusting details. Keep in mind that there was a fire, and that a lot of the official record was lost. Larry is only telling here what is know to be true and on the record. War is horrible, much more horrible than what is displayed in these scenes. Try to read the footnotes and the accompanying explanations in the back as...
  • Stuart Ashenbrenner
    This story is a non-fiction book, but with so much thrill, intrigue, and mystery. It has everything that makes for a good book. It took me only two days to finish this book. It bridges suspense into romance, as it chronicles Odette Sansom, who in her father's footsteps, fights for her country during WWII. She then falls in love with Captain Peter Churchill, and they go on mission after mission with one another.This was one of the books that makes...
  • Rick Mitchell
    A very good and readable history about two SOE agents during WWII. "Lise", Odette Sansom, was WWII's most decorated female. Born in France and moved to England, she reluctantly joined the Special Operations and teamed up with Peter Churchill. The book tracks their espionage, love affair, imprisonment and their long arduous trek through the war.Mr. Loftis writes the history to read like a story. His organization and presentation lent suspense thro...