Code Name Sonny

Fiction - Military
202 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2012
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Author Biography

Ken is the award winning author of The Code Name Series of books.

The series is based on his father’s experiences behind enemy lines in World War II. He has won awards in the Readers’ Favorite contest, The NABE Pinnacle Awards in Military Fiction, and Hollywood, Paris, and New York Book Festivals.

He graduated from Norwich University in Vermont in 1980 and spent 12 years in military service in the Army, leaving at the rank of Major. During this time, he served as a company commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, earning the Bronze Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Combat Air Medal.

His series of books, starting with Code Name Sonny are spy novels starting from WWII, continuing the characters through the cold war.

For more information, view his website is at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

In 1940, General Charles DeGaulle sent a letter to his fellow Frenchmen urging them to resist the Nazis. And so began the famous French Resistance with its many unsung heroes. In the United States in 1944, teenage Joe and Raymond watch as the owner of the local Always Inn and Tavern is arrested as a Nazi spy with crates of ammunition found in his basement. Raymond is a prankster at school but Joe has a genius and has built a radio that blocked out the local radio station for hours. Now seventeen years of age, Joe is recruited to be a radio operator for a secret upcoming covert operation history now known as D-Day. He is flown to Scotland and then secreted into France by a Resistance hero known as Henri. He is coached to speak in perfect French, not the French Canadian spoken by his mother, and is taken to the basement of Henri's farmhouse where behind an old wine cellar lies a radio center for Allied communications. What lies ahead for Joe?

"Code Name Sonny" is a brilliantly written story of World War II and the valor of people in the French Resistance like Henri and young American men like Joe who grow into manhood overnight as they witness atrocities against innocent people. It is also a tale of modern day revenge carried out against deeds done long ago. Joe, or "Sonny" as his mother calls him, Joe's wife Claire, his son Jack and Jack's wife Emily, Henri, Marie and others from the time of World War II are totally believable. The suspense is first-rate as the plot unfolds to the story's end and will have the readers on the edge of their seats. "Code Name Sonny" should be on everyone's reading list as it is a remarkable, memorable book that will stay in people's minds for a long,long time.

Jean Brickell

"Code Name Sonny" tells about the French Resistance and the Americans who played a part. Joe, 17, nicknamed Sonny, is in the Guard but is known as an expert on radios and is asked to go behind enemy lines to help set up radio contact for the French Resistance, aimed at confusing the Germans as to the place where the invasion into France is to occur. The story jumps back and forth to the present day when someone is trying to murder those Americans who were involved. Several WWII veterans have already been murdered and it looks as if some one is after Joe.

Author K.E. Pottie has written a most intriguing book about the Americans involved in the French Resistance in France during WWII. Joe, who uses the code name Sonny, is involved with radios used by the French Resistance. The story is fast-paced and very intense as danger is all around, in the form of German Soldiers and spies. Joe is in constant danger and so are his comrades. He helps save a young girl who has seen her parents murdered and who then is badly injured by the German soldiers. You would think that in Joe's later years he should be able to live a quiet and peaceful life but things don't work out like that and someone is out to kill him for what he did many years ago in occupied France. I assure you that you will find this a fascinating and compelling book. I did.

Anne B.

"Code Name Sonny" drifts back and forth between WWII and the late 90s, and early 2000. As a teen Joe’s one desire was to be in the midst of the war; he got his wish. Joe was fluent in French and had more than a little skill in radio technology which qualified him for a top secret mission behind enemy lines. Young seventeen year old Joe was a member of the National Guard and had to come up with a cover story to explain his absence to his family. Between the action scenes of the war we meet seventy four year old Joe. The setting is a 1999 New Year’s Eve Party for the whole family. Joe’s son Jack had no idea his father played such an important role in winning and ending the war. Jack was amazed to learn that his father was sent to France; his mission was to convince the Germans that the invasion would take place at Pas de Calais. A battle is brewing in 2000, a different type of battle than the one Joe faced in 1944 but definitely a battle. Someone wants Code Name Sonny dead and is willing to kill others to get to him.

"Code Name Sonny" is an excellent read; it has mystery, suspense, action, intrigue and romance all combined to make one incredible plot. K.E. Pottie successfully intertwines two strong plot threads to create a book that I could not lay down. Pottie captured the essence of the WWII era and the mindset of many of the young men at that time. Kudos to this author.

Stephanie D.

"Code Name Sonny" by K E Pottie is a riveting adventure spanning two generations. On the one hand we see young Joe, the Sonny of the title, taking on a secret mission during the Second World War. In parallel his son Jack is dragged into an adventure as a result of his father’s wartime activities. We alternate between the present and the past, sharing Joe’s original experiences and then dealing with the repercussions alongside Jack. Like many young men, Joe made a valuable contribution to the war effort. But now, more than fifty years later, his life is in danger because of it. Father and son work together to fight the threat. Jack discovers aspects of both his parents that he never knew about but he is brought especially close to his father. Reliving the past is painful for Joe. He saw some terrible things and carries great guilt. In particular he feels he failed a little French girl, Charlene.

This is a superbly written book. You can’t put it down. Every action in the story is believable and carried out by rounded, persuasive characters. You feel as if you know them. Ken Pottie shows great flexibility in creating both a contemporary and a historical setting so impressively for this story. There is every emotion from tension to tenderness. But it is an action-packed novel also with violence and life and death situations. The plot is complex and compelling, and the ending is both inevitable and unexpected.

Paul J

Chapter One of the story begins in 1944 when Joe (Sonny) and his friend Raymond witness the arrest of a local merchant as a spy by the FBI. Both boys are intrigued and want so much to enter the war. Chapter Two moves to New Year's Eve 1999 where for the first time Joe's son, Jack, learns of his father's real early service in WWII. This back and forth continues as the author Ken Pottie shows two sides of the story from WWII France to the dangerous circumstances surrounding Joe's hometown in 2000. In 1944, Joe is only seventeen and is a member of the National Guard. Because of his fluency in French and knowledge of radio technology, he is selected for a top secret mission behind German lines in France. His job is to build and deliver radios to the French Resistance. Throughout the book, Joe's dangerous mission is detailed alongside the equally life-threatening situation back home, almost sixty years later.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a simple tale, not exactly a mystery but more of an action adventure. I found myself quickly liking the characters, both in 1944 and in 2000. The plot is filled with deception, action, and an interesting conclusion. The author has woven an intriguing story that will keep you, as it did me, looking forward to the next chapter, whether it is behind enemy lines in war-torn France or on the apparent calm of a small American town.

Pat Sadowsky

It is an amazing story. It is a type of book that once you start reading it you cannot put it down, even makes you want to cheat and go to the end as it has your curiosity up but you don't as you do not want to miss anything. It will keep your interest for sure and it will keep you wanting more.


Theme song for Code Name Sonny. Charlene was the little girl who died in my dad's arms in WWII.

K.E. Pottie

Code Name Sonny theme song on CD Baby.


I totally agree! This is definitely on the top of my watch list!