September 13 2013

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a fantastic multi-layered novel. I don’t want to get too specific about what the layers are as discovering them is part of the delight and sorrow contained in the book. On one layer, it is about the events that happen to two young English women in WWII. One becomes a pilot and one a spy who is captured by the Gestapo.
Both of these young women are brought to life in the pages with amazing vibrancy. We enter the tale as the captured woman writes of her story and the story of the pilot at the command and coercion of the Gestapo. This is another layer–a story being told as a story is being told.
I’m not going to venture with many more details other than that I enjoyed the book immensely and highly recommend it.

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Posted September 13, 2013 by user in category "Book review


  1. By Ian on

    This is my favorite book that I’ve read this year. It hit me on so many levels, to the extent that I had dreams about it for several nights after finishing it. “Kiss me, Hardy…”

    1. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

      Yes, it is up there quite high. Thanks for recommending it. There are so many very interesting moments that I don’t want to give away in a review. On the other hand, once you have experienced them, they are well worth reading again.


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