Jackdaws by Ken Follett

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"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 is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe." But when Flick and her Resistance leader husband try a direct, head-on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near-impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Codenamed the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans - but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know - secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily-recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself.


 

About Ken Follett

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Ken Follett nació en Cardiff (Gales) y cuando tenía diez años su familia se mudó a Londres. Se licenció en filosofía en la Universidad de Londres y posteriormente se dedicó al periodismo. Durante sus años de reportero empezó a escribir obras de ficción. Sin embargo hasta 1978 no se convirtió en escritor de éxito, con la publicación de El ojo de la aguja. A partir de entonces, cada novela de Ken Follett se convierte en un éxito internacional. Actualmente vive en una vieja rectoría de Hertfordshire con su esposa Barbara.
 
Published November 26, 2002 by Signet. 612 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Having failed in an assault on the Nazis' main European telephone exchange, she regroups in England for another attempt, this time with an all-female team that will infiltrate the exchange under the guise of a French cleaning staff.

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After a failed assault by the Resistance on the chateau, an assault that introduces the novel's key players, Flick returns to England, racing the clock to recruit a team of women who can infiltrate the chateau by posing as its French domestics;

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JACKDAWS is the code name given to a band of brave and brash women whose task it is to destroy a Nazi telephone center in the last crucial days before D-Day.

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Entertainment Weekly

In one of Follett's typically vivid character touches, Paul lost most of his left ear during a shoot-out with the Gestapo in Marseille, although, Flick notes, ''there was a certain charm to his face.'' It's hard not to get caught up in the ''Casablanca''-esque Flick/ Michel/Paul triangle, eve...

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BookPage

Ken Follett has once again written a thriller that provides a steady dose of stomach-churning suspense, while throwing in enough dashes of humor to stave off the antacids.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Late May of 1944 and an attempt to destroy the exchange connecting French and German telephone systems in the town of Ste-Cecile goes horribly wrong.

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People

Giving the plot added heft is the author's note that the book is inspired by a true story (he says that during World War II, Britain's SOE sent 50 women into France as secret agents;

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Large Print Reviews

In The Dirty Dozen a group of Army misfits 'volunteer' to go behind enemy lines to go on a virtual suicide mission.

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