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In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett delivers a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World War II. He once again strikes Nazi pay dirt as a gang of all-female saboteurs go behind German lines.
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published 2001 by France Loisirs
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StoryTellerShannon
First off, I feel this is a 3.5 but I'm giving it 4, as some of the reviewers on here have been too harsh.

JACKDAWS takes the standard D-Day spy stories but twists it by focusing on the Historical female agents, or, as they were known, something of the unsung heroes.

This particular tale focuses on a female agent who is trying to knock down the phone lines of an SS HQ but needs to do it as cleaning ladies. So, after failing her first attempt, she heads back to the UK where she, and other govt of
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David
Reading Jackdaws, like other Ken Follett titles I've read, is kind of like riding a moped. It's a lot of fun, but all the same you really don't want to be seen enjoying it. For me reading Follett is one of those guilty pleasures, where you know it isn't the best writing out there, the characters aren't particularly well developed, and in general the book isn't ground breaking or noteworthy in any way -- and yet you keep reading, because secretly it's kind of fun.
If you like WWII fiction with lot
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Craig
Jackdaws could have been a very good World War II novel. It's about a group of women operatives (most of them criminals or malcontents) who are given a chance to serve their country and clear their records if they undertake a dangerous mission in France to blow up a Nazi communications center just as the D-Day invasion begins. Yes, the premise is very much a female Dirty Dozen.

The action and characterization of the book are okay but typical. There were just too many sex scenes. And the sad thin
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Ana Filipa
Em primeiro lugar começo por dizer que não só o autor, como também o livro me surpreenderam.

Este foi o primeiro livro que escolhi para dar início às leituras de Ken Follett, pois nunca tinha lido nada deste autor. Fiquei um pouco de pé atrás quando li a sinopse, pois pensei ser mais um de tantos livros que iriam descrever espiões e situações horríveis passadas durante a Segunda Grande Guerra. No entanto, este livro surpreendeu-me pela positiva, uma vez que não entramos apenas na trama que se sit
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Kristen Schrader (Wenke)
"Exactly fifty women were sent into France as secret agents by the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Of those, thirty-six survived the war. The other fourteen gave their lives. This book is dedicated to all of them."

So. Damn. Good.

Ken Follett is best known for his sweeping epics Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and Fall of Giants which span decades, but in Jackdaws he manages to apply his same talent for engrossing description into a story that takes 10 days. The
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Sarah
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Typically, war based stories are so full of minute details that they detract from the story for me. The plot sounded intriguing though, so I decided to give it a shot. It ended up being one of the better WWII stories that I have read. There was enough background information for me to underdstand the historical reference of the story, but it was balanced by a well developed plot. I like reading stories from a non-American perspective since it is a view ...more
Leslie
I picked this up on holiday because I'd read through the books I'd brought and this was the only one among the English-language secondhand paperbacks at the hotel I thought I could stand. It's okay, for what it is. Follett keeps the adrenaline going, but there's not much else here. The main characters are all impossibly good-looking and/or bursting with raw sexual energy (one can practically cast it with the appropriate Hollywood A-listers as one reads). The plot is full of twists, as one would ...more
Donald Gallinger
Ken Follet achieves the nearly impossible task of creating genuine suspense about an event that is well-known, with fresh characters, clever plotting, and surprising twists on an old story. You will enjoy this book on a long plane flight, or just sitting out on your porch during the lazy days of summer. I always enjoy Ken Follet's approach to history--crackerjack pacing, strong dialogue, and a deep desire to entertain. If only all writers cared as much about their audience's enjoyment as Follet ...more
J.F. Penn
Full video review here : http://mysterythriller.tv/jackdaws-by...

I have always found Ken Follett too verbose but this book was an excellent fast read with a great female lead character. Flick Clairet is one of a select group of women helping the French Resistance during the final years of the Second World War. She is married to a French man, the leader of the resistance in Reims and in the opening sequence we see a group of them fail to overcome a telephone exchange that is crucial to the German
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Emily
As this book opens in 1944, Flick Clairet, an experienced British agent working with the French Resistance, fails to blow up a crucial piece of infrastructure. She returns to England and argues for a another shot at it; she is given leave to take a group of inexperienced female agents back to France with her and try again. Meanwhile, a German officer has captured the remnants of the original force and infiltrated the Resistance cell Flick expects to meet. Now Flick has to escort a group of rank ...more
Alicja
rating: 3/5

Days before D-Day there is a high priority Nazi target on French soil that needs to be destroyed. However, there is a catch, only an all-female team can gain access to it. Flick is put in charge of this quickly formed, ragtag team as they attempt to fulfill their dangerous mission.

Loved the action, the plot, and the kick-ass female protagonist. The POV mostly alternated between Flick, the British agent on French soil, and Dieter, a Nazi commander. I had chills from viewing through a
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Philip Walker
I am quite new to Ken Follett, having only recently read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, both of which really caught my imagination. Jackdaws while it is more superficial than the epic Pillars of the Earth, is a very good engrossing story. An all female (well female-ish) team of special operative made up of the deluded, the dangerous and the brave, all of who would never be considered suitable for general duties or have already been rejected, parachute into France having trained for ...more
Sean
The plot of Jackdaws is pretty straightforward--in the days leading up the Allied invasion of France in 1945, British spies, working with the French resistance, are trying to blow up a crucial telephone exchange in Nazi-occupied France. The first attempt fails, with much of the team being captured and tortured. One of the members of that team, a skilled female operative named Flick, escapes back to London and argues for a follow-on team. The British government agrees, given the importance of the ...more
Jo-Ann Zhou
As Brave as Man


As a book telling about the roles played by women during the World War II, I cheered it warmly. But compared to Follett's other books, this by no means should be categorized as a good one, only an OK one.

The story focused on an key task before the D-day, but elaborated from two threads. One side was Britain, with Flick as their leading figure, whereas the other side was from Germany, with Dieter as the top enemy. Of course, as the history already told us, the D-day was the turning
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Becky
Aug 30, 2012 Becky rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who claims they like spy novels but secretly loves harlequin romance
Shelves: book-club
Either KF is a dirty old man or he's taken the adage "sex sells" to heart. For a spy novel, there was an awful lot of flirting and crushes and sex — each instance intended to be more shocking than the last. Rather, each was more ridiculous than the last, resulting in sighs and eye rolling. Lots of eye rolling.

When the author wasn't writing amateur porn and got around to writing the spy part of his spy novel, things didn't pick up as much as you'd think. The plot never gets any serious momentum.
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Jessica
This was my first experience with Follett, and though I have to admit that I was skeptical, I found it to be very enjoyable. While Follett's work is technically fiction, I feel as though I'm getting a history lesson, that every page adds to my historical knowledge. The writing style is quite fine, although a bit on the lighter side than I expected. The story is gripping and kept me turning those pages excitedly. I like the way Follett mixes action with emotional charge and character depth in thi ...more
StoryTellerShannon
First off, I feel this is a 3.5 but I'm giving it 4, as some of the reviewers on here have been too harsh.

JACKDAWS takes the standard D-Day spy stories but twists it by focusing on the Historical female agents, or, as they were known, something of the unsung heroes.

This particular tale focuses on a female agent who is trying to knock down the phone lines of an SS HQ but needs to do it as cleaning ladies. So, after failing her first attempt, she heads back to the UK where she, and other govt of
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Irene
Mar 01, 2011 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Irene by: Rebecca Schneider
Shelves: fiction
The problem I have with historical fiction is that I always figure there must be plenty of amazing true stories from the same time period, so why not read about those? Jackdaws brings attention to the Special Operations Executive, the British military division responsible for secret operatives sent behind enemy lines. According to a note in the book, fifty women really were sent into France as spies during World War II. So what are their stories? I'm sure they're as fascinating, or even more so, ...more
Ed
Sep 21, 2010 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy story and Follett fans.
This offering of Ken Follett, while not up to Eye of the Needle or The Pillars of the Earth was nevertheless a good book to have on a trip with many delays due to weather and mechanical problems.

It chronicles the travails of a group of British women who are tasked to destroy a German telephone exchange just before D-Day, important because it was the main conduit for most of the military phone traffic between France and Berlin .

The plot is well-developed but I find Follett's characterizations to
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haley
Let me preface this by saying that I love historical fiction having anything to do with Europe between the years 1900-1945. World War Two dramas are usually filled with such drama and atmosphere that I can't help but be excited by it. I'm not sure why, but I love it.

This book found me while I was on my French Resistance kick, and it's about a squad of British Female Spies that parachute into occupied France to aid in the Resistance. Sure, it's a mass-market paperback thriller, but it's a fun, fa
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Felicity
I keep reading Ken Follett even though he really, honestly isn't a very good writer. I'm trying to figure out how the hell he manages, with his short declarative sentences, trite characterization and funkily convoluted plots, to hook me so thoroughly that I will stay up all night to finish. But he does, whether he's writing about medieval towns or, as in this case, occupied France in 1944. Um, now I'm trying to remember some details. They are fading! Fading fast! There's a girl and, and, another ...more
Lígia Bibliomigalhas
Apreciando de livros sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial e gostando muito da forma como este autor aborda essa parte da História, era inevitável que esta fosse uma boa leitura, mas tornou-se particularmente interessante por se tratar de uma história baseada em acontecimentos reais e por abordar o esforço feminino, também ele determinante e decisivo no esforço de guerra e na luta pela paz.
Trata-se de um livro que prende do início ao fim, como é habitual em Ken Follett, e que nos apresenta personagens
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Michael
Another good one from KF. I somehow missed these back when I was going through his books. This one is set in the month before D-Day in France. The British secret service is trying to disable a key Nazi telephone and communications center. Strong and deep characters, a lively plot, a great read. Gawd, the Nazis are a vile stain on humanity. I am embarrassed to see some of the things they did popping up here in the US, though in perhaps a slightly altered form (wearing a different coat, more corre ...more
Jacki
I am an avid reader. My husband, not so much. This is one of the few books that he brought into our married bookshelves, and that's because he had to read it for a class. I read anything I can get my little hands on, so I grabbed this one up.

I loved it. I loved the main characters, the gathering of the team, the constant action, all that friction.... everything. It kept me excited and I couldn't put it down. I love tough, unique, women characters and this was full of them. I feel like it'd be a
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Lori
I was looking for "The Pillars of the Earth" at the library and found this on the shelf instead. So far, I'm hooked!

This was my first Follett read and I really enjoyed it. It was a thriller, full of suspense, not my usual genre, but I was drawn into the story quickly and found it hard to put down. Set in German-occupied France during WWII, a group of secret agents with the Resistance plot out and execute a dangerous mission. The interesting part is the agents are all women. Fast paced story tell
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Russell Glasser
This ranks up there with Ken Follett's better books, which makes it very good indeed. While it is not quite in the same league as Pillars of the Earth or Dangerous Fortune, it does have those signature Follett features that I love. Well drawn and humanized villains, stakes that are raise at a rapid pace, lots of perspective shifting to make sure you recognize the full scope of the conflict at all times, a bit of sex, and some karmic justice. Unlike some of his other books, Jackdaws takes place o ...more
Jenny Miller
I've decided that Ken Follett is a fabulous writer, and I plan on going back and reading all of his other books. I absolutely adored Pillars of the Earth, and its length didn't make it any less of a page turner. This one focuses on women in the Resistance in WWII. It's a diverse group of women, each with their own strengths and issues, but Follett portrays them as strong, independent, and brave. There are also some great male characters, particularly a smart and evil German officer. This was an ...more
Joan Colby
Based on a true story of a "Dirty Dozen" group of women who parachuted into occupied France prior to the D-Day invasion, this book has the elements of a good story but is so poorly written that it interferes with one's enjoyment. This is surprising as Follett has the capability to write well; to wit: Eye of the Needle and other thrillers. One wonders if he did not just dash off this one for the loot. Additionally, his protagonists are normally male and he does not do a very good job getting into ...more
Thomas S
A short, entertaining novel which I picked up after reading the much more ambitious "Fall of Giants." Follett spins a great story and seems to have a great grasp of history. His weaknesses are dialogue and sex scenes, both of which seem artificial and strained. As long as his characters keep their mouths, and legs, shut, his writing is excellent. This is a quick, entertaining read focusing on the french resitance during WWII, their British handlers (who in this case are all-female team), and the ...more
Duncan Mandel

"D day is approaching. They don't know where or when, but the Germans know it'll be soon, and for Felicity "Flick" Clairet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain's most effective operatives in northern France. She knows that the Germans' ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communication, and in the days before the invasion, no target

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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho
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