Code Name Hélène

Code Name Hélène Review

BASED ON THE THRILLING REAL-LIFE STORY OF SOCIALITE SPY NANCY WAKE, comes the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia, featuring the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.

Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, Code Name Hélène is a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve that chronicles the true exploits of a woman who deserves to be a household name.

It is 1936 and Nancy Wake is an intrepid Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job for Hearst newspaper. She is fighting to cover the disturbing reports of violence coming out of Vienna and Berlin when she meets the wealthy French industrialist Henri Fiocca. No sooner does Henri sweep Nancy off her feet and convince her to become Mrs. Fiocca than the Germans invade France and she takes yet another name: a code name.

As LUCIENNE CARLIER she smuggles people and documents across borders under the guise of an oblivious mistress. Soon enough the Gestapo hears of a female operative with a remarkable ability to evade capture, and Nancy earns a new nickname: THE WHITE MOUSE. But this one carries with it a five million franc bounty on her head. Forced to escape France and leave Henri behind for the safety of both of them, Nancy enters training with the Special Operations Executives, who transform her into Hélène. Finally, with mission in hand, Nancy is airdropped back into France as the deadly MADAM ANDRÉ. She soon becomes one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance, known for her ferocious wit, her signature red lipstick, and her ability to summon weapons straight from the Allied Forces. But no one can protect Nancy if the enemy finds out these four women are one and the same, and the closer to liberation France gets, the more exposed she--and the people she loves--will become.

Title:Code Name Hélène
Edition Language:English

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    Code Name Hélène Reviews

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books and movies about women spies. I have read quite a few about WWII and even WWI, though those women are not as well recognized.This is the first ...

  • Megan C.

    I'm a sucker for a true story. Although categorized as historical fiction, the core characters and events in this book are real. I was sitting on a solid 4 stars throughout 75% of this book, but the l...

  • Tammy

    This is strong historical WWII fiction based on the resistance work of glamorous socialite turned secret agent, Nancy Wake. Fearless, audacious, and resolute, Wake was a force to be reckoned with all ...

  • Gloria Arthur

    I love a good historical fiction story and Code Name Hélène did not disappoint. This powerful and thrilling WWII story is fictional but its based on the remarkable young socialite Nancy Wake who wen...

  • Paige

    Fictionally, Nancy is presented as a chic tough heroine who never fights without a fresh application of lipstick. The character of Nancy Wake holistically is interesting and I most enjoyed her unapolo...

  • Kari Ann Sweeney

    PUB DATE April 2020I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Code Name Hélène ahead of the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Retreat and the hear Ariel Lawhon's thoughts when she joined the group in person.  ...

  • Annette

    1936. Australian expat, Nancy Wake, lives in Paris and works as a freelancer. She has paved her way onto the roster at Hearst. When the story starts progressing with her investigative work, the moment...

  • Amanda (TheBookwormAdventures)

    *Thank you to Doubleday Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*Nancy Wake was known as many names during her time in reconnaissance against the Germans du...

  • Katie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ariel Lawhon has outdone herself with this one. This novel is about Nancy Wake, a woman ...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    I have gone by many names.This novel was inspired by the story of Nancy Wake, one of the most highly decorated war heroes of World War II. Ms Lawhon weaves her story between each of the four identitie...