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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.
It was an effort to finish this book. I love most of Follett's books, but this one was boring and a disappointment.Published 3 days ago by Anonymous
Good book started slow but soon picked up pace. Kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Another plus for Ken Follett.Published 4 days ago by William H Cavagnaro
All books by Ken Follett are great and this is no exception. A story that shows women's place in winning the World War.2. Highly recommended.Published 19 days ago by HK
Good read but you can get yourself lost. Not one of his best books but it was enjoyablePublished 24 days ago by Wilma
Follett at his best, suspense, intrigue, twists and turns. A very sharp picture of the French underground and these intrepid women. Humanity and bastardy on all sides.Published 25 days ago by gary bouma
If you like fiction set during this period in history, you will certainly enjoy Jackdaws... I literally could not put my kindle down... very interesting and entertaining. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Madalyn Hillis-Dineen