Author(s): Ken Follett
From the master storyteller, a wartime novel of Resistance, love, courage and revenge. . .
It is 14 May 1944, and the small town of Sainte-Cecile, near the cathedral city of Reims in France, has been under Nazi occupation for four years. Felicity Clairet, more commonly known as 'Flick', is English, the beautiful wife of Michel, the leader of the Reims-based Resistance circuit, codenamed 'Bollinger'. By day, Flick is a first-aider with the Nursing Yeomanry. By night, she plays a vital role in the Resistance.
The local chateau holds the largest telephone exchange, all traffic from the High Command in Berlin to German forces in France passes through it. It is essential that this line of communication be destroyed but the chateau is guarded by German troops and is home to a Gestapo base. No guerrilla fighter wants to confront regular troops head on - but no fighter has Flick's determination or charisma. And when Flick amasses her players for her team, the 'Jackdaws' are born - all women bar one - creative, fearless and, above all, extraordinarily courageous. . .
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