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Great escapist fiction
on 12 June 2014
Ken Follett writes excellent escapist fiction and Jackdaws is no exception. Brave secret agents, in this story predominantly female, undertake a mission in occupied France. It coincides with British D Day plans, so the timeline made it interesting to read this month. The characters are typically gung-ho, from a range of backgrounds, upper class to convicted criminals, thrown together by the vagaries of a wartime mission.
Ken Follett's books create a time and place and draw the reader in to the events. There's the Chateau, which doubles as local Gestapo HQ, the SS General, reporting to Rommel, who despises the Gestapo, the French Resistance Leader and team, a Major leading a female team to destroy a key target and various officials from British and American Government. These characters are a great mix for a fast paced story where a small team works against the clock and every adversity possible to achieve a mission success. I was immersed over a couple of days and it kept my attention from start to finish, so a light but rewarding read.