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, Historical

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  • David Eppenstein
    I am giving this book my rare 5 star rating. To earn that fifth star a book must possess a WOW component and much to my surprise this book delivered. This book is a history. In fact, it is a biography of the WWII exploits of a 30 year old French mother of three young girls married to an Englishman and living in England when WWII starts. Feeling the need to do something to aid the cause of the War and help her adopted country this woman goes looki...
  • 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...
  • Jean
    The biography of Odette Sansom Churchill (1912-1995) is absolutely amazing. Odette was a French woman married to an Englishman. She left her husband and three children to return to occupied France as a spy for the SOE (Special Operation Executive Program, a British spy agency) The book is well written and researched. The conversations are taken verbatim from the records. The book is well documented. After the war Odette married Peter Churchill (1...
  • 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. ...
  • Lou
    Code Name: Lise may be a non-fiction espionage epic that will likely be categorised alongside all the rest, but don't make the mistake in thinking that this is merely your average read. This extraordinary woman contributed significantly to the Allied effort and was willing to pay with her life to do so; she would've been acutely aware that there would be Germans chasing her which more often than not, if caught, would result in her death. It reads...
  • Ed
    Riveting account of a spy's dangerous (especially if captured) life in WW II France. Some of the prison scenes with the Gestapo captors are a little graphic. The account is fast-paced and well told.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Giselle Bradley
    4.5 Stars
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Kristin
    I have read a lot of books about WWII, both fiction and nonfiction. This nonfiction book stands somewhat apart from others I have read in that it is stuffed full of minute details with many names of German, French, and English people involved in the espionage game during the war. This could have detracted from the book, but because I listened to the audio version I didn't need to wrestle with the names. In fact, I would strongly recommend listeni...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • T
    I have nothing pithy to say about this book other than these 2 things:1) read it 2) what are you waiting for, read it
  • Andi
    If I hadn't read the authors notes at the beginning, I would have thought that this was all fiction.What an amazing true story centred on a truly brave woman who fought mostly in secret for the allies. Totally blown away. Thank you for writing this down.
  • Angela H.
    Amazing book written about the WWII from perspective of a SOE agent (Odette). She shares her life story, survival tale in the interrogation/concentration camp, and life after survival (job & family). Her bravery and patriotism are honored. Blog post to come!
  • Scott Hitchcock
    3.5*'s Amazing story of this real life spy and what she endured as a captive of the Nazi. Her quick witted cover story that ultimately was responsible for her surviving the war.
  • Steve
    Started and finished this book in one day. It was a fascinating book on Odette Sansom who became a SOE agent, Britain's top spy agency during World War II and was sent to her homeland of occupied France in 1942 on a espionage mission. While on her mission, she was hunted by Germany's top spy catcher, Hugo Bleicher and the Gestapo. She and her lover were caught and sent to Fresnes prison in Paris where she was tortured and then to concentration ca...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Fantastic Nonfiction! (TW suicide/ torture/ concentration camps)I inhaled this fantastic audiobook! It’s nonfiction that is written like a novel about Odette Sansom, who basically ended up a spy in WWII because she decided to take the test to prove she wouldn’t pass when the SOE was trying to recruit her. Spoiler: she passed! She left her young children and went off to be a courier during the war and was immediately nicknamed the Angry Gazell...
  • Cheri Branham
    Not goodDid not finish the finish the book. Too wordy and not enough content.I'm sure it was a good story but I could not get into it
  • Peter
    What is so fascinating about stories of spies in the field? Perhaps it's because, unlike war itself— once defined as hours of boredom and moments of terror—spies in the field suffer hours of terror and moments of boredom. There is no letup from the fear of discovery, and we readers can't fathom the toll it must take. So when I started Larry Loftis's Codename Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Decorated Spy (2018) I settl...
  • 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 💪!
  • Caitlin
    "And there was something about the eyes - dark, determined...defiant. If his instincts were right, this was a girl who would throw herself headlong into danger. He wrote the letter."Code Name: Lise is a non-fiction thriller that tells the daring and riveting story of Odette Sansom, a woman from France who had made a new home for herself in England and left it all behind in 1942 to aid both her new and old homes in getting rid of the Nazis. Sansom...
  • Mille
    George Cross Award Citation:"Mrs. Sansom was infiltrated into enemy-occupied France and worked with great courage and distinction until April 1943 when she arrested with her commanding officer. On the way to prison she succeeded in speaking to her commanding officer and for mutual protection they agreed to maintain that they were married. She adhered to this story and even succeeded in convincing her captors in spite of considerable contrary evid...
  • Chris
    Code name:Lise. 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 they successfully complete mission after mission, Pete...
  • annapi
    This is the story of Britain's most highly decorated spy, an astoundingly courageous and daring woman. It's full of action, suspense, and even romance - and it's all true. Though the term "non-fiction thriller" may seem oxymoronic at first, this book is a perfect example of the genre. Because of the wealth of documentation on this, especially from the principals themselves in the form of debriefing statements and memoirs, even the dialogue is acc...