Is she trustworthy? For whom? Jack is a tautly written espionage novel that sometimes seems contrived but which overall is thrilling, credible, and memorable. Very nicely done. Toggle navigation. Browse our magazines Submit your novel for review. All articles Browse by Tag Browse Guides. Browse articles by tag Choose a tag Free delivery worldwide. Expected to be delivered to Germany by Christmas. Description In "one of the most deliciously high-concept thrillers imaginable" The New Yorker a young JFK travels to Europe on a secret mission for President Roosevelt It's the spring of , and the prospect of war in Europe looms large.
The United States has no intelligence service.
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In Washington, D. His choice: John F. It's a surprising selection. At twenty-two, Jack Kennedy is the attractive but unpromising second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Roosevelt's ambassador to Britain and occasional political adversary.
But when Jack decides to travel through Europe to gather research for his Harvard senior thesis, Roosevelt takes the opportunity to use him as his personal spy. The president's goal: to stop the flow of German money that has been flooding the United States to buy the election--an election that Adolf Hitler intends Roosevelt lose. In a deft mosaic of fact and fiction, Francine Mathews has written a gripping espionage tale that explores what might have happened when a young Jack Kennedy is let loose in Europe as the world careens toward war.
A potent combination of history and storytelling, Jack is a sexy, entertaining read. People who bought this also bought.
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It was a belle epoque world of consequence-free privilege Jack's dalliances were numberless, and Kick even went so far as to fall in love with no less than the heir to the Duke of Devonshire - hardly the stuff of international espionage. But Mathews goes about her story with a no-nonsense certainty and an impressive amount of backstage research. A large number of historical figures walk across these pages, from J. Edgar Hoover to Gestapo chief Reinhard Heydrich to testy career diplomat George Kennan - not to mention all those Kennedys, from the young boys Teddy and Bobby to the gutter-mouthed ambassador and his frigid, brainless wife the real-world Kennedy clan must not be pleased with these portraits of their paterfamilias and matriarch, but that's the risk you take by being part of history - and every one of them is expertly sketched.
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Including that toughest subject of all, the mastermind in the Oval Office: "I expect your friends in England are watching Joe Kennedy. Think he's a defeatist and an appeaser.
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It wouldn't surprise me if the embassy's bugged. The memory of former springs, of his young body running through fresh grass on a May morning, flooded his mind.