Jackdaws 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

  • Title: Jackdaws
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • ISBN: 9780451219596
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    • Ken Follett

      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 college in 1995.He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper, the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming the deputy managing director.Ken s last project, the Century Trilogy, has sold 19.5 million copies worldwide The three books tell the story of the twentieth century through five generations on three continents Ken s first major success came with the publication of Eye of the Needle in 1978 A World War II thriller set in England, this book earned him the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America It remains one of his most popular books.In 1989, Ken s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010 The next book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007 The Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was the president of Dyslexia Action for ten years He was the chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses He is also active in many Stevenage charities and is the president of the Stevenage Community Trust Ken also set up The Follett Trust, which awards single donations to the arts and in cases of social deprivation and education.Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player in two bands He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara, the former Labour member of Parliament for Stevenage Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

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    • Sementes de VerdadePegaram em armas, planearam ataques, trataram dos feridosPreservaram 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 admira o um 4 Leiam uma fic o com sementes de verdade

    • 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 lots of [...]

    • 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 offic [...]

    • 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 novel is [...]

    • 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 thing is th [...]

    • Em primeiro lugar come o por dizer que n o s o autor, como tamb m o livro me surpreenderam.Este foi o primeiro livro que escolhi para dar in cio s leituras de Ken Follett, pois nunca tinha lido nada deste autor Fiquei um pouco de p atr s quando li a sinopse, pois pensei ser mais um de tantos livros que iriam descrever espi es e situa es horr veis passadas durante a Segunda Grande Guerra No entanto, este livro surpreendeu me pela positiva, uma vez que n o entramos apenas na trama que se situa ao [...]

    • 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.

    • 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 expect [...]

    • 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 shocking than the last Rather, each was 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 It s best describ [...]

    • Read by Kate Reading Unabridged, on 9 1 2 Tapesblurb 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 in Engla [...]

    • 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 viewpoint [...]

    • 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 does [...]

    • Thriller hist rico empolgante, baseado em factos reais um romance sobre a segunda guerra mundial, e que conta a hist ria de quatro de mulheres que tem a coragem de porem em risco a sua pr pria vida para destruir uma central telef nica alem Felicity uma agente secreta, casada com Michael que pertence a resist ncia, que vive em Paris e possui a miss o de destruir uma central telef nica Mas o seu plano d errado, e ela obrigada a voltar a Gr Bretanha N o querendo desistir, ela tem a ideia de l der u [...]

    • 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 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 un altra storia Azione pagina dopo pagina, la giusta [...]

    • 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 attention.

    • Full video review here mysterythriller jackdaws byI 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 Germans Several of the [...]

    • 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 so, than an [...]

    • 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, sometime [...]

    • 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 can cou [...]

    • 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 great movie [...]

    • 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

    • 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 capture t [...]

    • 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 than as a thumbnail sketch of someone you have The Leader, T [...]

    • 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 windo [...]

    • 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 amat [...]

    • 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 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 just a f [...]

    • 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 tar [...]

    • 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 offic [...]

    • 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 b [...]

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