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Jackdaws by Ken Follett

Jackdaws (original 2001; edition 2009)

by Ken Follett

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Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Pan (2009), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:WWII, Adventure

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Jackdaws by Ken Follett (2001)


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I really enjoyed this book which featured the women who courageously helped to change the course of WWII with their daring deeds in occupied France. The twists and turns leave you eager to read what happens next and will they succeed in their audacious plan to outwit the Nazis. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
Rather predictable, but as long as I skipped blatant love of technical stuff; okay. Particularly along with a bottle of red. ( )
  mummimamma | Apr 20, 2016 |
On the eve of D-Day, the Nazis are trying to crush the French resistance. Felicity Clairet of Britain’s Special Operations branch is working with the resistance in Northern France. After a failed attempt at taking out a European telephone exchange, Felicity is once more going after the exchange. Her plan is to create an all-female unit posing as a cleaning staff to carry out the mission. After not being able to find Brits who can speak French, she recruits non-professionals who speak French, and has to crash train them on the operation.

This novel is typical of other Follett novels in terms of writing style, which I find enjoyable to read. It has plenty of action and tension, which Follett can be relied upon to deliver. The overall believability is not that strong. There are also some plot holes that leave a little to be desired. While I did enjoy reading this novel, it is not at the same level as some other Follett novels that I have read in the past.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Dec 6, 2015 |
Great fiction book.
Fast pace story and some cool facts from WWII.
Really enjoyed reading it. ( )
  NelsonFaria | Dec 5, 2015 |
Set in France during WWII. Flick is the main heroine in the story, with the mission being to blow up a Nazi telephone exchange in a small town in France. An excellent story that was well crafted by a superb author. One was definitely drawn into the story and pulling for the success of the mission. ( )
  skraft001 | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Exactly fifty women were sent into France
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Of those, thirty-six survived the war.
The other fourteen gave their lives.

This is book is dedicated to all of them.
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One minute before the explosion, the square at Sainte-Cécile was at peace.
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Penzler Pick, November 2001: Each book by Ken Follett, one of the most successful suspense writers of our time, is a welcome event. With Jackdaws, he returns to his most successful era, the darkest days of World War II.

It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of Germany. Bombers have been unable to inflict enough damage on the chateau to disrupt communications for more than a few hours at a time, but the Allies need to make sure that communications is down for longer so that there will be as little warning of the invasion as possible.

Felicity Clariet, known as Flick, is a British secret agent patrolling the streets around the chateau waiting for the first explosions that will give the signal for the attack to begin. She is married to Michel, a Resistance fighter. When the operation goes horribly wrong, they barely escape with their lives and Flick returns to her home in London--but not for long. When Flick returns to France it will be as part of an audacious, quickly assembled plan to put female spies in the chateau as telephone operators and cleaners, enabling the Allies to destroy the ability of the Exchange to warn Germany in advance of the landing on the beaches of Normandy. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Follett tells us that Jackdaws is based on a true story. The Special Operations Executive sent 50 women into France as secret agents. Thirty-six survived. --Otto Penzler

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In his own best tradition of "Eye of the Needle" and "The Key to Rebecca, " Follett follows his major bestseller, "Code to Zero, " with a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World War II.

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