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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451207521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451207524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon 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 --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

Review

"The book's celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes couldn't be better timed...a distaff Dirty Dozen."--People

"With its vivid characters, suspense, patriotism, and examples of supreme bravery, Jackdaws is a fitting tribute to the women of World War II."--Orlando Sentinel

"Compelling reading...great entertainment."--The Baltimore Sun

"A very entertaining, very cinematic thriller about a ragtag, all-female band of British agents, code-named Jackdaws, sent to blow up a key telephone exchange in France on the eve of D-Day...[Jackdaws] promises to be one of Follett's most popular novels ever."--Publishers Weekly

"Cleverly plotted...the characters are sharply drawn and fully realized [and] the pace is rapid-fire."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A sort of distaff dirty (half) dozen. They don't come any tougher, smarter, braver, or, for that matter, deadlier than Major Felicity (call her 'Flick') Clairet. Quintessentially female and sexy as all get out, she kills without compunction if that's the way the mission goes."--Kirkus Reviews

"Carried off with the kind of galvanic skill that was the hallmark of Follett's early books...a memorable, complex heroine."--Publishing News

"For fans of the '60s movie The Dirty Dozen, this could be called The Perfumed Six...It's certainly pleasant to have the main characters be female."--The Buffalo News

"[Follett is] dead on-target...updating that World War II workhorse in which a gang of misfits goes behind Nazi lines to do the impossible...thoroughly entertaining."--Booklist

"Suspenseful, gripping."--New York Post

"Deeply satisfying."--Entertainment Weekly

"Follett delivers one of his most entertaining thrillers."--Denver Post



The book s celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes couldn t be better timed a distaff Dirty Dozen. People

With its vivid characters, suspense, patriotism, and examples of supreme bravery, Jackdaws is a fitting tribute to the women of World War II. Orlando Sentinel

Compelling reading great entertainment. The Baltimore Sun

A very entertaining, very cinematic thriller about a ragtag, all-female band of British agents, code-named Jackdaws, sent to blow up a key telephone exchange in France on the eve of D-Day [Jackdaws] promises to be one of Follett s most popular novels ever. Publishers Weekly

Cleverly plotted the characters are sharply drawn and fully realized [and] the pace is rapid-fire. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A sort of distaff dirty (half) dozen. They don t come any tougher, smarter, braver, or, for that matter, deadlier than Major Felicity (call her Flick ) Clairet. Quintessentially female and sexy as all get out, she kills without compunction if that s the way the mission goes. Kirkus Reviews

Carried off with the kind of galvanic skill that was the hallmark of Follett s early books a memorable, complex heroine. Publishing News

For fans of the 60s movie The Dirty Dozen, this could be called The Perfumed Six It s certainly pleasant to have the main characters be female. The Buffalo News

[Follett is] dead on-target updating that World War II workhorse in which a gang of misfits goes behind Nazi lines to do the impossible thoroughly entertaining. Booklist

Suspenseful, gripping. New York Post

Deeply satisfying. Entertainment Weekly

Follett delivers one of his most entertaining thrillers. Denver Post

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Praise for"Jackdaws
""The book's celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes couldn't be better timed . . . a distaff "Dirty Dozen."" "People"
"A very entertaining, very cinematic thriller about a ragtag, all-female band of British agents, code-named Jackdaws, sent to blow up a key telephone exchange in France on the eve of D day . . . adventure, romance, derring-do. . . . ["Jackdaws"] promises to be one of Follett's most popular novels ever." "Publishers Weekly"
"Compelling reading . . . great entertainment." "The Baltimore Sun"
"Deeply satisfying." "Entertainment Weekly
""Suspenseful, gripping."" "New York Post
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"With its vivid characters, suspense, patriotism, and examples of supreme bravery, "Jackdaws"is a fitting tribute to the women of World War II." "The Orlando Sentinel
""Cleverly plotted. . . . The characters are sharply drawn and fully realized [and] the pace is rapid-fire." "Minneapolis Star Tribune
""A sort of distaff dirty (half) dozen. They don't come any tougher, smarter, braver, or for that matter, deadlier than Major Felicity (call her 'Flick') Clairet. Quintessentially female and sexy as all get out, she kills without compunction if that's the way the mission goes." "Kirkus Reviews"
"Carried off with the kind of galvanic skill that was the hallmark of Follett's early books . . . a memorable, complex heroine." "Publishing News"
"For fans of the sixties movie"The Dirty Dozen," this could be called"The Perfumed Six." . . . It's certainly pleasant to have the main character be female." "The Buffalo News"
"[Follett] is dead on-target . . . updating that World War II workhorse in which a gang of misfits goes behind Nazi lines to do the impossible . . . thoroughly entertaining." "Booklist"
"Follett delivers one of his most entertaining thrillers."" "The Denver Post"""

Praise forJackdaws
"The book's celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes couldn't be better timed . . . a distaff Dirty Dozen." People
"A very entertaining, very cinematic thriller about a ragtag, all-female band of British agents, code-named Jackdaws, sent to blow up a key telephone exchange in France on the eve of D day . . . adventure, romance, derring-do. . . . [Jackdaws] promises to be one of Follett's most popular novels ever." Publishers Weekly
"Compelling reading . . . great entertainment." The Baltimore Sun
"Deeply satisfying." Entertainment Weekly
"Suspenseful, gripping." New York Post

"With its vivid characters, suspense, patriotism, and examples of supreme bravery, Jackdawsis a fitting tribute to the women of World War II." The Orlando Sentinel
"Cleverly plotted. . . . The characters are sharply drawn and fully realized [and] the pace is rapid-fire." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A sort of distaff dirty (half) dozen. They don't come any tougher, smarter, braver, or for that matter, deadlier than Major Felicity (call her 'Flick') Clairet. Quintessentially female and sexy as all get out, she kills without compunction if that's the way the mission goes." Kirkus Reviews
"Carried off with the kind of galvanic skill that was the hallmark of Follett's early books . . . a memorable, complex heroine." Publishing News
"For fans of the sixties movieThe Dirty Dozen, this could be calledThe Perfumed Six. . . . It's certainly pleasant to have the main character be female." The Buffalo News
"[Follett] is dead on-target . . . updating that World War II workhorse in which a gang of misfits goes behind Nazi lines to do the impossible . . . thoroughly entertaining." Booklist
"Follett delivers one of his most entertaining thrillers." The Denver Post

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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.
A French reader
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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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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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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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Follett has always been one of my favorite authors. I began reading his books with The Eye of the Needle and looked forward to everything after that. There was a time where I detected personal political convictions taking over his writing, and his books lost the page-turning edge that they had always had for me. Code to Zero began the return to the top of his form. He has returned with the exciting Jackdaws. The strong female character, Flick, makes this a book for women in the 21st century. And for the men, there is lots of action. A very good read.
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