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Jackdaws [Kindle Edition]

Ken Follett
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Book Description

Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attacks a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications - but the building is heavily guarded and the attack fails disastrously.



Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the 'Jackdaws' and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless Intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And Dieter is on Flick's trail...



From Ken Follett, the master storyteller and best-selling author of Eye of the Needle and Code to Zero comes this exciting thriller, set against the menacing backdrop of the Second World War and crackling with suspense and action.



Jackdaws is an irresistible novel of the Resistance and of love, courage and revenge.



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Amazon.co.uk Review

Ken Follett has made his mark as one of the most assured thriller writers in the business, and although his form has faltered of late, Jackdaws shows that he's lost none of his steely skill. The time is May 1944, and Follett takes us into the provincial French town of Sainte-Cecile, suffering under the Nazi yoke for several years as the novel begins. Follett's heroine is the resourceful "Flick", whose real name is Felicity Clairet. She is English, and honoured throughout the town as the wife of Michel, who heads the Resistance circuit based in Rheims. During the day, Flick performs first aid for the townspeople; by night she risks her life alongside her husband in the Resistance.

Flick has to persuade herself that she is ready for her most important mission: to inaugurate a fighting team for an attack on a château used as a key Gestapo base--her team (all women, with one exception) are the eponymous "jackdaws". This fresh concept is carried off with the kind of effortless skill that was the distinguishing feature of Follett's best books, and his protagonist Flick is a distinctive, unusual creation. --Barry Forshaw

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Ken Follett has made his mark as one of the most assured thriller writers in the business, and although his form has faltered of late, Jackdaws shows that he's lost none of his steely skill. The time is May 1944, and Follett takes us into the provincial French town of Sainte-Cecile, suffering under the Nazi yoke for several years as the novel begins. Follett's heroine is the resourceful "Flick", whose real name is Felicity Clairet. She is English, and honoured throughout the town as the wife of Michel, who heads the Resistance circuit based in Rheims. During the day, Flick performs first aid for the townspeople; by night she risks her life alongside her husband in the Resistance.

Flick has to persuade herself that she is ready for her most important mission: to inaugurate a fighting team for an attack on a château used as a key Gestapo base--her team (all women, with one exception) are the eponymous "jackdaws". This fresh concept is carried off with the kind of effortless skill that was the distinguishing feature of Follett's best books, and his protagonist Flick is a distinctive, unusual creation. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints - Re-issue edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21ZI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent historical thriller 6 Jan. 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Ken Follett's book and I could not put it down. It is basically the story of a group of women wanting to do their bit for the war. Nothing is straightforward in this story, it can be amusing at times but also very emotional. The atmosphere of the resistance is very well rendered, the pace of the book is excellent and never is the reader bored. It also has psychological qualities, the characters especially Major Dieter Frank is full of contradictions. This shows that whether one is French, German or English, one is a human being.The research is well done and the reader is made to participate to the mission in whichever character he/she might want to identify.
I cannot wait to read more from this author.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By L Jones
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I have read by the author Ken Follet. I have always had an interest in WW2 history, which was one of the reasons why I was attracted to this book.
It is an excellent story about a team of all female SOE spies sent by England, in the lead up to the D Day invasion, to blow up a vital communication exchange in Nazi occupied France. Although it is not actually based on any fact, the authors style makes it seem as though the events actually took place.
In the past, I have read lots of hardened crime thrillers so was not adverse to gory descriptions of death or violence. However, I could not stop my stomach from turning, as the author described some of the torture techniques used by the German Gestapo. I could not help but feel respect and humbleness for the people that were actually subjected to torture a thousand times worse during WW2.
This all added to making the story much more readable and in my opinion compelling, but also made me reflex on just how senseless war can be, but unavoidable in certain circumstances.
I was eagerly awaiting the chance to read the next chapter in order to find out whether the girls would get away with the operation and escape with their lives. My only criticism was the ending, which was short and swift, as is often the case with many books. It’s as though authors have spent many months working on building up a great story, only to rush the end through to get the book to publication. I often favor authors who provide a chapter as an epilogue, to wind down after the action has subsided.
Having said this, I highly recommend this book and will now be buying others by this excellent author.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling WW2 adventure 23 Feb. 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
An exciting and very interesting story about an all-female SOE team with a daring mission to disable a key German communication centre in France on the eve of D-day. The team leader is the determined Flick Clairet who has to battle good old-fashioned sexism as well as the Gestapo to achieve her goal. The book has come out at just the right time with so much publicity about the role of female agents in WW2 with the release of the film 'Charlotte Gray'. Ken Follett has really done his homework and 'Jackdaws' takes you into the lives of agents, the Resistance, and the German soldiers and Gestapo. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is the Follett I Remember 7 Nov. 2002
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Format:Hardcover
One of the earliest books in this genre that I read was the, "Eye Of The Needle". The author has since ranged widely amongst a variety of subjects, however with, "Jackdaws", Mr. Follett returns to World War II just prior to the Invasion of Normandy. And like his previous efforts with this historical setting it is very well done, and will bring fond memories to those readers who were waiting for him to turn his pen once again to this theme.

The book is a substantial work offering readers well over 400 pages of taught writing that unfolds over a little more than a week prior to D-Day. Like all books of this event it contains heroes; however they play against the background here, as a heroine takes charge of the story as well as the events in the book. The book begins with a notation that states that 50 women worked as secret agents in France for The Special Executive during the war. The book never seems to reach the moniker of historical fiction, although comments at the end strongly insinuate there was a real woman who, at the very least provided the inspiration for the heroine, "Flick". The women who volunteered to serve behind enemy lines in occupied France, and repeatedly traveled back and forth across The Channel during the war were clearly remarkable women, and were as fearless as any of their male counterparts.

This novel is a bit scattered in its tone. The changes in the mood of the book work well as a whole, however they can seem a bit jarring and out of place as the book is read. If very graphic descriptions of the most brutal interrogation of both men and women are an issue, several areas of this book will be troublesome to read. I don't feel the length to which Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 5 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this 'on spec' having never read any of Ken Follett's novels before. However, I was drawn to it as it is largely set around Reims in France, an area I love. Briefly, the main character Flick is an operative with SOE during the final days of World War 2, when D-day is looming. She is charged with destroying a key German communications centre, with the aim of disrupting the Nazis' response to the Allied invasion.

I won't give too much more away, and some may argue it's a predictable yarn, but I loved it. The action is pretty fast paced and Follett creates an evocative picture of wartime France. I couldn't put it down and read it in 24 hours over Christmas, much to the frustration of my family!
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Couldn't put this book down, intend to buy more books from this author. Looking forward to more exciting tales. Can now catch up with the cleaning.
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wonderful story
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one of Ken Follett's best
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