Jackdaws

by Ken Follett | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0451207521 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ThreeSixNine of Catawba, Wisconsin USA on 3/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
This book is one of my favorite stories. I love it.

I'm sendin this extra copy to Noumena who will take it to the Convention with her and give it to Aceofhearts. I hope you read it and love it as much as I do.

Journal Entry 2 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of Germany. Bombers have been unable to inflict enough damage on the chateau to disrupt communications for more than a few hours at a time, but the Allies need to make sure that communications is down for longer so that there will be as little warning of the invasion as possible.

Felicity Clariet, known as Flick, is a British secret agent patrolling the streets around the chateau waiting for the first explosions that will give the signal for the attack to begin. She is married to Michel, a Resistance fighter. When the operation goes horribly wrong, they barely escape with their lives and Flick returns to her home in London--but not for long. When Flick returns to France it will be as part of an audacious, quickly assembled plan to put female spies in the chateau as telephone operators and cleaners, enabling the Allies to destroy the ability of the Exchange to warn Germany in advance of the landing on the beaches of Normandy. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Follett tells us that Jackdaws is based on a true story. The Special Operations Executive sent 50 women into France as secret agents. Thirty-six survived.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 23, 2006
received at the 2006 Toronto Convention. Thanks. The convention was fantastic and loads of fun!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 12, 2014
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books. Unfortunately she didn't get around to reading this book.

We had similar tastes in books and would share them whenever we read something we enjoyed. This book sounds interesting so I'm going to keep it to read.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 28, 2018
It's World War II and the Allies are helping the French resistance take out important Nazi targets in France. Felicity, also known as Flick, is a British operative in France, orchestrating the sabotage of a phone exchange. Unfortunately the mission goes horribly wrong. They lose a few agents, Flick's husband is shot, and they have to retreat. They are also now on the radar of Nazi officer Dieter, who will stop at nothing to find Flick.


Retreating back to England, Flick decides to take another shot at the phone exchange but this time with an all-female team called the Jackdaws. The team is not trained military but a group of misfits, outcasts, and criminals. Flick has no idea how successful they will be but she has no choice.


Some of the best WWII fiction novels I've read in the past few years have been with a female as the lead. Specifically, I'm thinking of The Nightingale. Though this is more of a thriller than that book, the women of the story drive the plot forward with their strength. Flick was a great character. She had the right amounts of almost everything. She's smart, could get frustrated but wouldn't let those annoyances overshadow everything, wanted love and romance but not to the point of sickness, and incredibly resourceful. The person she's fighting against the whole novel is similar, but on the wrong side of the war.


I don't think I've ever gone wrong with a Ken Follett book and this was no different. A great story, what a page turner!

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/30/2018 UTC) at Mississauga, Ontario Canada

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Mailed today to mcsar as part of a wishlist relay. Hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Thank you, HoserLauren, for tagging me with this wishlist book. Like you, I have never been disappointed by a Ken Follett novel, so I am quite sure I'll enjoy this one.

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