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Jackdaws (original 2001; edition 2009)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Jackdaws
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Pan (2009), Paperback, 384 pages
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Jackdaws by Ken Follett (2001)

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English female spy leader carries out dangerous missions in occupied France in support of D-Day invasion. Female reader alternates with male reading part of Nazi spy chaser. ( )
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Team of women saboteurs outwit German Intelligence & Gestapo before D-Day in France ( )
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D-Day is approaching. They don’t know where or when, but the Germans know it’ll be soon, and for Felicity “Flick” Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain’s most effective operatives in Northern France. She knows that the Germans’ ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communications,... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 27, 2015 |
Probably not the best book by Ken Follett, but held my interest and at many points kept me on the edge of my seat.

DDay is approaching. The phone system for the Germans in France needs to be destroyed and Felicity "Flick" Clairet is enlisted to do it. She organizes a band of women to take the place of the cleaning women and destroy it. Everything is done in a hurry with much interference from time, the Germans and the French citizens who are very intimidated by the Germans.

Two of the women are captured and tortured and then sent to the concentration camps, where they die. Two of the women die in the raid and Flick and one other survive. In the process the German commander is shot and becomes a vegetable. Flick's husband dies at the time of the raid, but by that time she discovers that she is in love with someone else, as is her.

The conclusion of the story is Flick's marriage to the American who helps during the raid and saves her at many intervals. As they return from the raid, they fly over the boats heading for the DDay invasion.

Much of the story is predictable, but handled well and it held my interest. ( )
  MarkMeg | Feb 10, 2015 |
Love to read historical fiction, especially from WWII. This book has the right amount of suspense and great characters. As a tech on an adult circulation desk, I always recommend this book to interested in this genre and they usually come back for more of Ken Follett's books. ( )
  ILSBecky | Jul 11, 2014 |
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Exactly fifty women were sent into France
as secret agents by the Special Operations
Executive during the Second World War.
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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