About the book
Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attacks a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications – but the building is heavily guarded and the attack fails disastrously. Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the ‘Jackdaws’ and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless Intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And Dieter is on Flick’s trail… From the master storyteller and best-selling author of Eye of the Needle and Code to Zero comes the new thriller, set against the menacing backdrop of the Second World War and crackling with suspense and action. Jackdaws is an irresistible novel of the Resistance and of love, courage and revenge.
Reviewed by Boarhunt WI Reading Group:
Thriller about espionage just before D Day. Exciting to the end, well written with realistic characters and had the ring of truth about it. All thoroughly enjoyed it and want to read more by this author.
Star rating: ****
4 thoughts on “Jackdaws by Ken Follett”
Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
A good example of popular fiction with a simple theme; that of the organising and leadership abilities of women. Ken Follett crafts an exciting story but his characterisation is Mills and Boone – shallow and does not do justice to the theme. The book does not display any great literary merit, however, it proved an excellent choice for autumn break reading and engendered searching discussion.
Star rating: ***
Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
A good ‘Boys Own’ story with exciting page turning plot. Poor as literature, with caricatures rather than characters.
Star rating: *
Review by Andover Reading Group:
Fast paced and easy read. Plot implausible. Some of the characters were likeable.
Star rating: ***
Review by Fawley Reading Group
Superbly written and a gripping story. A real eye opener to the women of the war years.
Rating **** (actually given ten stars!)