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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  24,565 ratings  ·  1,136 reviews
In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett once again strikes Nazi pay dirt as a gang of all-female saboteurs go behind German lines.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by NAL (first published December 3rd 2001)
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Tom I found this to be one of the best novels I have ever read and I read about a book at least every week. Follett has done it again! Eye of the Needle…moreI found this to be one of the best novels I have ever read and I read about a book at least every week. Follett has done it again! Eye of the Needle was another one of my favorites.

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Dana Ilie
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heart-racing, brilliantly fast-paced and gripping read. To merely call it 'exciting' would be an understatement. The plot is fantastically well-written, bringing together drama, history and tangible emotion. This is certainly not a book which can be easily put down.
Follett not only knows how to tell a fantastic story and captivate the reader, he also knows exactly what the reader wants. The ending is just as gripping as the rest of the book and I can guarantee you will not be disappoin
Maria Espadinha
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sementes de Verdade

Pegaram em armas, planearam ataques, trataram dos feridos...
Preservaram a sanidade numa guerra gerada por sementes de loucura!
Lutaram numa guerra de homens, sem contudo deixar de ser mulheres!
Mulheres corajosas!...
Grandes Guerreiras que merecem ser recordadas com o maior respeito e admiração!

É um 4+++
Leiam! É uma ficção com Sementes de Verdade!!!
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popcorn-reading
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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Another stellar entry into the mind and brilliance of Ken Follett!


Follet brings us back into the chaos and madness of WW2, and again brilliantly narrates a story that is filled with action, with engaging characters, and most incredibly based on real events! A group of British amateur 'spies' are recruited to lead a suicide mission into occupied France, and infiltrate and explode a key communication relay center north of Paris. Their mission is a-la 'Mission Impossible' scenario. 5 women are cho
I’m surprised this has such a decent rating. Jackdaws is a grim and disrespectful mockery of the dedication and fierce bravery of the SOE girls; it exploits a very real and turbulent episode in European history, failing to present the complexity of the sacrifice these women were willing to make. What is marketed as an intense action packed thriller is nothing more than a completely implausible troupe of women squabbling, bitching about each other, instigating cat fights and hooking up with every ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Whenever I read a Ken Follett novel, I expect a lot. Not every book I’ve read by him has been outstanding but most have and so I always hope for one of those. This one certainly qualifies.

It’s a story that takes place during the ten days just prior to the D-Day landings in 1944 during WWII. The French resistance is in full gear, expecting the imminent invasion, even if they don’t know the exact date. The SOE (Special Operations Executive) in London has determined to support the French resistance
Ana Filipa
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Nome de Código Leoparda” é baseado em factos verídicos. A personagem de Flick foi construída a partir da história de Pearl Witherington membro do EOE (Executivo de Operações Especiais).
É um romance passado na II Guerra Mundial e aborda a força das mulheres e a importância que elas assumiram na vitória dos Aliados, mas esse estatuto nunca foi reconhecido oficialmente, porque pelo facto de serem mulheres nunca poderem ser condecoradas.
Kenny Bellew
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another historical fiction by Ken Follett. It was published about 15 years ago. This time, it's a about the women of the French Resistance who attempt to help the allied evasion by going after a highly-guarded military target. One of the women is gay man who works as a cross-dressing performer and identifies as a woman. The author calls her female for the whole book.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letti
Follet come al solito costruisce una piccola storia durante la ‘grande storia’ che è un gioiello.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
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
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
That's the last time I take a book recommendation from the head cashier at Barnes. The fact that she also recommended The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks should have been warning enough. I think I'll be pulling the fluff out of my eyes for days. Good try, Mr Follet, with your Nazi insignia designed cover and scattering of knowledge about code breaking and writing of LGBT characters. It was not a story about women fighting in the war effort so much as women arguing with each other and hooking up, some ...more

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blurb from Publishers Weekly- Time is running out. With D-Day rapidly approaching, the Nazis are actively trying to quash the French resistance. Meanwhile, Britain's Special Operations branch is working hard to supply the resistance with intelligence, supplies and agents. Felicity "Flick" Clairet is one of England's most effective operatives in northern France. Having failed in an assault on the Nazis' main European telephone exchange, she regroups
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii

"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."
Sara Jesus
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, favorites
Thriller histórico empolgante, baseado em factos reais. É um romance sobre a segunda guerra mundial, e que conta a história de quatro de mulheres que tem a coragem de porem em risco a sua própria vida para destruir uma central telefónica alemã.
Felicity é uma agente secreta, casada com Michael que pertence a resistência, que vive em Paris e possui a missão de destruir uma central telefónica. Mas o seu plano dá errado, e ela é obrigada a voltar a Grã-Bretanha. Não querendo desistir, ela tem a id
Donald Gallinger
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Patri García
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela increíble sobre la segunda guerra mundial.

Con personajes únicos a los que siempre llevaré conmigo. Flick y Paul. Me encantó vuestra historia.

Emotiva, dura y real.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is dedicated to the 50 unbelievably brave, female secret agents that parachuted into France to gather intelligence or to prepare the invasion on hostile territory during the Second World War. This is one of their (fictional) stories, that is unfortunately all wrong.

First of all, the women: they are basically tough and randy men who just tend to burst into tears, are overly beautiful or just plain stupid.

Second, the plot: we already know the outcome, yes D-Day happened and yes it was a
J.F. Penn
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Alfonso D'agostino
Dedicato dall’autore alle cinquanta spie al femminile inglesi che si dedicarono a opere di sabotaggio dietro le linee durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ed in particolare alle 14 che perirono in azione, Le gazze ladre è un romanzo solido, storicamente ben ambientato, che si legge (come direbbero gli apneisti) d’un fiato (io l’ho completato in una notte insonne fra toni, lampi e motociclisti che sgasavano sotto le finestre di un convento, ma questa è un’altra storia). Azione pagina dopo pagina, ...more
Carolina Pereira
Como é habitual, Ken Follet nunca desilude nos seus livros. Rendida desde a primeira página até à última. Com uma história intrigante, baseada em factos verídicos, e tão importantes para a nossa história.
Sem duvida cinco estrelas é pouco para conseguir classificar este livro, não só pela história mas também pela qualidade da escrita.
Cada vez mais apaixonada pelos livros deste senhor.
Por última, mais um aplauso pela forma como ele descreve o poder que as mulheres têm em transformar o mundo, que
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minha-biblio
Toujours un plaisir d'écouter en audiobook sur Audible qui est une plateforme que j'affectionne tout particulièrement et qui fait un excellent travail !
Pour en revenir au roman en lui même :
J'ai trouvé que l'histoire dans son ensemble et le concept d'une équipe d'espionnes/saboteuses était vraiment sympa et plutôt bien exécutée. J'ai absolument adoré le dernier tier du roman où les choses s'accélèrent et que le rythme devient réellement haletant !
Une jeu dangereux du chat et de la souris entre u
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, spy-novel
J'ai dévoré ce roman, écouté en une dizaine d'heures au cours de séquences que j'entrecoupais avec frustration. J'étais totalement captivée par l'histoire, comme devant un film de guerre, au scénario plein de suspense, entre frissons, angoisse, terreur et émotion.
J'ai aimé sa mise en scène, ses personnages, même ses envolées sentimentales ont fini par m'attendrir (je roulais des yeux quand Betty et Paul roucoulaient tendrement...). Bref. Ken Follett possède un vrai talent de conteur. Et ça passe
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 165 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.
Born on June 5th, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of
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