Code Name Verity
By, Elizabeth Wein
Book review by Captain Nancy Aldrich
“Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein is a fascinating story of two young British women during World War II. “Verity” is captured by the Nazis after the airplane she is in crashes in France. The airplane was being flown by her best friend, Maddie, an ATA pilot. Both women survive the crash, but when “Verity” is captured by the Nazis, she doubts her chances of survival. In order to save her life she must tell her mission and give up secret codes. As she weaves a she tale she hopes the Nazis will believe, she also reveals to the reader the fascinating story of her life. Maddie, also having survived the crash, tries desperately to rescue her friend. She is sheltered and assisted by resistance fighters who join her efforts to help her friend escape.
This is a beautifully written book that is hard to put down. Ms. Wein creates a story of danger and survival. This book examines the resolve and determination of true friends as they try to save each other from a fearsome enemy who will stop at nothing to get what it wants.
The story is so true to life that it is hard to believe it is fiction. Ms. Wein makes the story seem so real that I wanted to search the internet to learn more about the characters and their life after the war. It is easy feel the love between the friends and the agony as they work to save each other. “Code Name Verity” is an excellent novel that you will remember long after you put have the book down.
Obviously, I do recommend this book for my readers and think all will be glad of the investment of time and funds in the reading of Elizabeth Wein’s Book “Code Name Verity”, so enjoy!