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Code Name Hélène: A Novel af Ariel Lawhon

Code Name Hélène: A Novel (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Ariel Lawhon (Forfatter)

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"A novel based on the real life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, about the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII"--
Titel:Code Name Hélène: A Novel
Forfattere:Ariel Lawhon (Forfatter)
Info:Doubleday (2020), Edition: 1stEdition, 464 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Code Name Hélène af Ariel Lawhon (2020)


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This is the fictionalized (based on fact, but still fiction) story of Nancy Wake, otherwise known as The White Mouse and a powerful leader of the French Resistance during World War II. It is a story of a bold woman who steps outside the bounds of propriety to do what needs to be done. I am in awe of her. ( )
  Mrs.Keleher | Nov 16, 2021 |
Nancy’s courage, wit, and charm were compelling. Overall, the book seemed a bit too lighthearted for what the circumstances were.

I couldn’t get comfortable with the blending of fact and fiction.

The audible narration is superb. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
I avoided this one for a while because of WWII book fatigue. I shouldn't have. It was an incredible book. It's based on the true story of Nancy Wake, the most decorated woman in WWII. She was a journalist and a spy whose bravery and fearlessness saved so many lives. The author captures her brash and feminine spirit. The "White Mouse" was hunted by the Gestapo for years, but she was never caught. The novel travels back and forth in time and focuses on both her adventures, but also Henri Fiocca, the love of her life. There are scenes that will stay with me forever: the exhaustion as she rides a bike for hours, the tension as she attempts to bribe a prison guard, so many powerful scenes.

“The thing about lipstick, the reason it's so powerful, is that it is distracting. Men don't see the flashes of anger in your eyes or your clenched fists when you wear it. They see a woman, not a warrior, and that gives me the advantage.”

"Mine is a level of fury that requires two coats of lipstick and a fully loaded revolver." ( )
  bookworm12 | Jun 1, 2021 |
I downloaded the audio version of Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon after finding out it was included in my Audible subscription. What did I have to lose — it was free after all. What I won was an excellent reading experience featuring a courageous woman who really existed. This book sucked me in from the get go as it detailed the exploits of Nancy Wake, a tough and determined woman who was invaluable to the French Resistance during WWII. This was a story that needed to be told! Nancy’s story — from international journalist prior to WWII through her work as a super-spy — is told in two storylines. I loved how Lawhon revealed key parts of the story in this way. It also helped to soften the hard experiences that are laid out. The historical details are well-researched and had me googling for more. Nancy’s character, as well as others, are well-drawn and made me feel like I really knew them. This book is a must-read for WWII fiction fans, but please be aware that it is filled with adult elements — language and situations. If it was a movie it would get an R rating, especially for violent images and language. If this doesn’t bother you, then I highly recommend it. A few of my friends gathered to discuss this book, and they all loved it too. The narration for the audiobook is excellent as well. The handling of the many accents was an achievement in its own right.

Highly Recommended. (caveats — adult language and situations, violence)

Audience: adults.

(I downloaded the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | May 10, 2021 |
A fun, page-turning read about Nancy Wake. A female leader in the French resistance during WW2. ( )
  Lynsey2 | Jan 10, 2021 |
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