Code Name: Lise
The True Story of Odette Sansom, WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy
by Larry Loftis
Pub Date 09 May 2019
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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, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them.
They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues.
This is portrait of true courage, patriotism and love amidst unimaginable horrors and degradation.
'A thrilling account' Daily Mail
'One of WWII's most extraordinary spies' Time
‘A story of sheer bravery and survival that should astound even an avid reader of military history. A splendid read about a splendid woman.’ Washington Times
‘Loftis brings history to life, shining a light on a truly remarkable woman, reminding us of her spirit, determination and courage... Bravo!’ Woman's Weekly
‘An astonishing story of love, survival, and almost unimaginable courage. Code Name: Lise is non-fiction that reads like a thriller and will keep readers riveted.’ Tilar J. Mazzeo New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children
Loftis delivers a tale of courage, daring, valour and love for the ages. Code Name: Lise is the closest history comes to a romance novel.’ Elizabeth Cobbs, New York Times bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair
'A non-fiction thriller.’ Wall Street Journal
‘Larry Loftis has crafted a true thriller, a highly entertaining account of the most highly decorated spy of WW2. A great read.’ Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The First Wave and Avenue of Spies
‘Well researched, well written, and fast paced enough to keep the pages turning – this will interest fans of the history of espionage, World War II history, military history, women’s history, and biography.’ Library Journal
‘Loftis tells a well-researched, novelistic story of a heroine and patriot... Swift and entertaining, Loftis’s work reads less like a biography and more like a thriller.’ Publishers Weekly
‘A true-life thriller... Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger... A vivid history of wartime heroism.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘The stuff of classic World War II thrillers.’ Newsday
‘Loftis gives Sansom the epic story her experience warrants, full of spycraft, complex and important missions, incredible feats of bravery, and love.’ CrimeReads
‘Readers will not want to put this book down... A spy thriller instead of a dry biography.’ MilitaryPress.com
‘Provides a riveting account of the mayhem of the final days of WWII... Loftis’ meticulous research is evident throughout.’ The Cipher Brief
‘Larry Loftis brings the past to life with a brilliantly researched and executed tale of one woman’s unparalleled heroism in occupied France during World War II. A riveting true story of love, betrayal and sacrifice, as engaging as any thriller, and not to be missed.’ Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical