This was a fun, fast-paced novel, although it was fairly unbelievable in several places. Again, Follett gives us a great antagonist in Dieter Franck. He's definitely an narcissistic, self-obsessed bully, but his reluctance before he tortures and his migraines after he tortures give him some complexity. Also, the fact that he really seems to love Stephanie and his wife and children add to his often ironic nature. However, for the most part, he is a villain with no conscience. Flick, the protagonist, is primarily likeable and believable except for her apparent "love" for Michel and her instantaneous love of Paul--a bit of a stretch. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, although at times fairly unbelievable. Again, it was informative and inspires interest in many aspects of WWII. I liked the novel; it was a fun read.
First, let me say I liked the read of Jackdaws by Ken Follett. I have read a lot of his works though, and I would not say it is his best work. Compared to most writers though, even a weak effort by Follett goes a long way towards greatness. Generlly, I get a much better feel for the era or the history of a piece from him. This was just not rife with the history as usual for him.
I will say that bhe did dress the story up with drama though. He is an excellent portryer of characters and the good and bad guys where the right color hats throughout the book. But, I will say that the contrasting conscience builds slowly towards lrge pictures of desperation as well in this book. I wish there had been more.
In fact, I wish Follett had given more throughout this story. I felt as though Tarentino had taken short cuts to rewrite history for the sake of character and thrills a little. Agood beginner for Follett, but maybe a little less so for avid fans.