Jackdaws

Jackdaws

Book - 2001
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In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca , Ken Follett delivers a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World War II. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire , available now.

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, and in the days before the invasion no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe.

But when Flick and her Resistance-leader husband try a direct, head-on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Code-named the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans--but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know--secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself. . . .

Filled with the powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, Jackdaws is Ken Follett writing at the height of his powers.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2001
ISBN: 9780451207524
0451207521
9780525946281
0525946284
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm

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rwraysmith Mar 31, 2015

I'm a big fan of Ken Follett, but this book isn't one of his best. He was on a huge roll with Eye Of The Needle, Triple, and The Key To Rebecca, but this book does not rise to that level. While entertaining, this book suffers from predictability and inevitability. You just KNOW how it's going to end. Still, I'll take Follett at his worst over many authors at their best.

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mee8784
Feb 24, 2015

This was my first Follett read and I really enjoyed it. The alternating narrative style kept me intrigued and was full of suspense until the very end.

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Harmanc
Jul 31, 2012

I love most of Follet's "historical" stories and this one was no exception. Gets a bit slow in places, but the slow paces usually include a scene with a bureaucrat so that's probably intentional. Can't wait til Winter of the World comes out!

lindakettle Jan 26, 2012

This would be a great movie.

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twistedweather
Jul 24, 2011

This book was a fun read with great characters, plenty of action and suspense thus making this novel tough to put down.

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Mar 14, 2010

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, and in the days before the invasion no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe.

But when Flick and her Resistance-leader husband try a direct, head-on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near-impossible.

The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Code-named the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans – but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know – secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily-recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself....

Filled with the powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, Jackdaws is Ken writing at the height of his powers ...

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