Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Jackdaws” as Want to Read:
Jackdaws
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Jackdaws

by
3.92  ·  Rating details ·  21,006 Ratings  ·  1,001 Reviews
It is May 1944 – a time of international tension when nothing is certain... A brand new thriller from the master storyteller set against the menacing backdrop of the Second World War and crackling with suspense and action.It is May, 1944 - a time of international tension where nothing is certain . . .Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attack a chateau containing ...more
Paperback
Published October 2nd 2009 by Pan Macmillan (first published December 3rd 2001)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Jackdaws, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

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.
(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Maria Espadinha
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Porque Elas Merecem


Pegaram em armas, planearam ataques, trataram dos feridos...
Mantiveram-se sãs 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 que vale a pena!!!
David
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
...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
...more
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
...more
Craig
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
...more
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
...more
Kenny Bellew
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leslie
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
Becky
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
...more
Bettie☯


Read by Kate Reading. Unabridged, on 9 1/2 Tapes

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
...more
Sarah
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
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
Sara Jesus
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller
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
...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
Cathy Sites
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good, story line keeps you engaged making it a quick read. Yet another reference to Ravensbruck, a part of WWII history that should receive more attention.
J.F. Penn
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
...more
Irene
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Rachael
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mr. Gottshalk
A team of six women are sent from England to France just before the Allied invasion of Normandy in June, 1944. Their job is to destroy a German communications system that sends information for the bad guys from France back to Germany. The problem is, it's not that easy. They are parachuted on to enemy soil and have to work very, very hard to avoid all the traps laid for them. A terrific character named Flick Claret is opposed by an evil Gestapo torture master by the name of Dieter Franck. You ca ...more
Jacki
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Maricel Edwards
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I'm cut out for thrillers and espionage. All throughout this book, I kept grimacing and wincing and putting it down because I simply couldn't stand the suspense. In a two-hour movie, I'm dandy; but I don't have the nerves for a 400+ page book. I guess that means this was a good read? Depends on your perspective, right?
Aditya Harikumar
This book just AWESOME .One of the best thrillers I have ever read .Right from the start Follett has ensured that the readers keep turning the pages,eager and impatient to know what happens.I was so engrossed by this book that I lost track of time reading it.Reading it transported me back to the time of Nazis and the world war 2 . There were unexpected twists and turns, whenever you thought things were going smoothly for the both the protagonists.The way one of the main characters tries to captu ...more
Kevin
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grassroots
This book felt like it was written for the screen. You could almost hear the dramatic music scoring the action and see the montage where the protagonist goes around to assemble a rag-tag bunch of rejects for one last mission behind enemy lines. Aside from that, the story is entertaining and the pace is uptempo from start to finish.

Some of the characters aren't quite fully fleshed out enough to give the reader a chance to understand them more than as a thumbnail sketch of someone (you have The L
...more
Antonio
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minha-biblio
3.75
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
...more
Emily
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Philip Walker
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
...more
Ed
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Cover to Cover Bo...: Jackdaws by Ken Follett - March 2014 5 17 Mar 10, 2015 08:09PM  
Book Experience: I have already read this book 3 12 Oct 08, 2013 07:49PM  
New Sarepta Publi...: How is the reading going? 1 4 Sep 08, 2011 07:38PM  
  • Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II
  • The Honor of Spies (Honor Bound, #5)
  • The Arms Maker of Berlin
  • Roughneck
  • Hitler's Peace
  • A Gathering of Spies
  • Blood of Victory (Night Soldiers, #7)
  • The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story Of Second World War Spy Thomas Sneum
  • The Pacific
  • Black Cross
  • Night of Flames
  • Bombs Away
  • The Eagle Has Flown (Liam Devlin, #4)
  • Die letzte Spur
  • The End of War
  • Silesian Station (John Russell, #2)
  • Brandenburg
  • The Network
3447
Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 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. He was made a fellow of the coll
...more
More about Ken Follett...
“When people are perfectly polite, it usually means they don't really care. A little awkwardness is more sincere.” 12 likes
“Ninguém está certo o tempo todo, mas, numa guerra, quando um líder se engana, pessoas morrem.” 1 likes
More quotes…