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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.
As usual excellent Ken Follet writing ,though I found it was pretty predictable as to the outcome.
Could have done without the totore episodes being so graphic
Follett is in my personal top 3 for fiction writers. love every book he has written and i've read nearly all i believe.
WW II action spy novels. page turners
Another good read from Ken Follet. Hard to put down....a page turner.Published 22 days ago by Richard
I could not put the book down! This is a great historical novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you know what will happen, you are surprised. Read morePublished 1 month ago by n Evans
Hard to follow and jumps around too much. Would be much better with fewer characters and more in depth studiesPublished 1 month ago by john miller
This book was Recomended by a friend.like her I enjoyed the read, couldn't put it down, another great book by Ken FollettPublished 1 month ago by Melita
I would have rated this higher, but I found the first torture scene very disturbing. Some friends convinced me to continue with the book; and I am very glad I did, but I was always... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SueWF