Jackdaws by Ken FollettJackdaws by Ken Follett


byKen Follett

Mass Market Paperback | November 26, 2002

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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.
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on best...
Title:JackdawsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:November 26, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451207521

ISBN - 13:9780451207524

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Ken did an excellent job with taking an sad moment in history and giving it the respect that it deserves. Good Job!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Ken did an excellent job with taking an sad moment in history and giving it the respect that it deserves. Good Job!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another terrific book from Ken Follett! Well written with very real characters it was a thrilling story that I was disappointed to finish.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book! Thrilling story! Excellent book! I loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jackdaws Was an interesting read, enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely worth a read Great, fast paced read, worth a movie.
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Ken Follett's best efforts I don't always enjoy non-fiction books on WWII but well written ones are a treat and there is none better than Ken Follett. The story is especially sweet as the hero or more appropriately herione is a woman. In fact, all the main characters are women, the men take a back seat in this novel. A female SOS team parachutes into occupied France shortly before D-Day on a suicidal mission to destroy a vital telephone exchange. The hastily thrown together team of misfits, aristocrats, trans-genders and criminals reads like a female dirty dozen with all those delicious character traits mixed in. Heading up the team is an experienced female SOS leader with some emotional baggage that may spell trouble for the team. Determined to stop her at any cost is a Gestapo intelligence officer with a grudge to bear against this particular operative. The cat and mouse game they play, is well played out by the author and at times, I couldn't put the book down without finding out what happens next and how it ends. Although the story is fiction, Follett highlights many of the problems female intelligence operatives faced and how they were often overlooked, and their accomplishments minimised when it came time to hand out the medals. A great read.
Date published: 2008-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an interesting spin on WWII spy novels... i picked up this book on a whim, looking for something different to read. it turned out to be a fascinating story, well worth the read, even if you don't normally like this kind of story. the sheer novelty of seeing the war from a woman's perspective, a woman who was actively seeking to fight by infiltrating enemy lines, was refreshing. the characters are imaginative and realistic, the love story isn't out of place or contrived, and it was thoroughly absorbing.
Date published: 2007-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOAH AWSOME BOOK!! You want to know how good this book is? I never and i mean never read and I acctually read this book cover to cover and bought a few copies for friends of mine, I suggest you pick up a copy for yourself and see what I am talking about! I think I'll go read it again!
Date published: 2003-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hang on tight A saucy, smart story with female heroes who lead the way prior to the D-Day invasion. I was looking over my shoulder, to see if the Nazis were on my tail, as I trailed after the adventurous Flick , wondering what our next move was going to be, as we ran into one trial after another. This book has movie written all over it, and hopefully they can capture the momentum Follett lays down in this read. Only a spicey taste, of the tales that could be told, by the brave women who worked Undercover during the war.
Date published: 2002-12-29

Editorial Reviews

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"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