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Larry Loftis

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Hello, everyone!

Two quick announcements:

1. I'm honored that CODE NAME: LISE has been included in the current Barnes & Noble "Paperback Favorites" promotion.
Under this promo, it's "buy one, get one half off." They have about fifteen books in each category, and CNL is in the History group, as well as the Biography group. CNL will be in this promotion until Aug. 17.

2. My third nonfiction espionage thriller, THE PRINCESS SPY, which will come out Feb. 9 (Simon & Schuster/Atria), is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It's about another another WWII spy, an American woman who worked for the OSS (forerunner of the CIA).

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The Most Highly Decorated Spy

ON THIS DAY 1946, SOE agent Odette Sansom became the first woman to lead an investiture at Buckingham Palace, and the first to receive a George Cross from the king himself. She would become the most highly decorated woman, and spy, of World War II. Here's why:Get the entire story in my nonfiction spy thriller, CODE NAME: LISE—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy Read more of this blog post »
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Since I work in the WWII genre, I knew the general story of the raid on Hitler's heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway. But I wanted details. Neal Bascomb delivered, and then some. This story (actually several stories)---flawlessly told---is one of the ...more
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Jepson, it turned out, was the recruiting officer for F (France) Section of SOE—Special Operations Executive—a new sabotage outfit that Prime Minister Winston Churchill had tasked to “set Europe ablaze.”
Churchill, master of the spoken and written word, could not have described SOE’s task any better.
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“He asked her how she felt about the Germans, and she said, “I hate them. I mean that I hate Nazis. For the Germans, oddly enough, I have pity.” “I thought you might separate Germans and Nazis. It was not the Nazis but the Germans who killed your father.” Odette blinked. Jepson had done his homework. She looked at the captain. “Yes, but they were driven then as they are driven now. I think the Germans are very obedient and very gullible. Their tragedy—and Europe’s—is that they gladly allow themselves to be hoodwinked into believing evil to be good.”
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“She was now ready. Diarrhea pills, speed, sleep dope, lethal pill, and beauty aid. Bring on the Germans.”
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