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A great 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 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...
About the Author
Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning novel Eye of the Needle, which became an international bestseller and film. He has since written several equally successful novels, including, most recently, Whiteout. He is also author of the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles. Ken Follett lives with his family in London and Stevenage.
It's May 1944, just before D-Day, and the Jackdaws - a group of six women - are hastily assembled to execute a vital piece of sabotage in the French town of Sainte-Cecile. Led by Flick Clairet, wife of a Resistance hero, they must infiltrate a chateau which contains a telephone exchange vital for German communications and destroy its equipment. The story starts and finishes at a cracking pace. There are of course examinations of motives and emotions, but fundamentally this is an action thriller, and a very good one. It brings alive, as few books do, the incredible bravery of those who volunteered for such deadly work and the ever-present threat of capture and torture, and poses questions about the nature of patriotism and the extent to which violence is justified in its pursuit. What is the difference between cold-bloodedly blowing out a captive's brains in order to save the lives of one's friends and torturing a captive to extract information that will save the lives of one's soldiers? The story depicts a battle of wits between the hunter and the hunted as well as vivid and realistic violence, rivalry and hatred. Well written and genuinely unputdownable, it is most highly recommended. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 595
Published: 29th June 2002
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 11.2 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.307