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It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of Germany. Bombers have been unable to inflict enough damage on the chateau to disrupt communications for more than a few hours at a time, but the Allies need to make sure that communications is down for longer so that there will be as little warning of the invasion as possible.
Felicity Clariet, known as Flick, is a British secret agent patrolling the streets around the chateau waiting for the first explosions that will give the signal for the attack to begin. She is married to Michel, a Resistance fighter. When the operation goes horribly wrong, they barely escape with their lives and Flick returns to her home in London--but not for long. When Flick returns to France it will be as part of an audacious, quickly assembled plan to put female spies in the chateau as telephone operators and cleaners, enabling the Allies to destroy the ability of the Exchange to warn Germany in advance of the landing on the beaches of Normandy. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Follett tells us that Jackdaws is based on a true story. The Special Operations Executive sent 50 women into France as secret agents. Thirty-six survived. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought this book was very engaging. I liked the history aspect and it made me want to know more about WWII.Published 2 days ago by slchase
Really gripping novel. Fast paced. Cannot put it down.Published 7 days ago by Jogeshwar Karthik Akundi
Fantastic author. I read everything he publishes. I wish there were more.Published 17 days ago by Scott Johnson
I have not met a Ken Follett novel that I didn't like. Definitely in the top of his class in capturing the reader and keeping him/her enthralled throughout the book with suspense,... Read morePublished 22 days ago by David E. Meadows
Written well with suspense on every page. Really knows World War 11 History. Enjoyed very much.Published 29 days ago by Gary Blacker
If you don't think a WWII thriller is your cup of tea, think again...especially if you're a woman. Like The Silence of the Lambs, Jackdaws is a tightly written thriller that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Smoking Pen
Just finished Jackdaws. Entertaining and a quick read. Follett uses his knowledge of real events and situations to create a remarkable and enjoyable book about espionage during... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn B. Schornick