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Jackdaws Hardcover – December 1, 2001
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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
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Dutton; First Edition (December 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 451 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525946284
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525946281
- Item Weight : 1.68 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.77 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #262,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am old enough to have been brought up by survivors of WW11 and understand the need for younger people to know about fascism and Nazis.
I can never condemn a book showing women to be at their strongest, nowadays i think that most young women are heroes to live in the present time. This book is worth four stars to me as I am not very good at reading about violence.
Ken Follett's books create a time and place and draw the reader in to the events. There's the Chateau, which doubles as local Gestapo HQ, the SS General, reporting to Rommel, who despises the Gestapo, the French Resistance Leader and team, a Major leading a female team to destroy a key target and various officials from British and American Government. These characters are a great mix for a fast paced story where a small team works against the clock and every adversity possible to achieve a mission success. I was immersed over a couple of days and it kept my attention from start to finish, so a light but rewarding read.