Jack 1939

Jack 1939

by Francine Mathews
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Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews

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 1939, and the prospect of war in Europe looms large. The United States has no intelligence service. In Washington, D.C., President Franklin Roosevelt may run for an unprecedented third term and needs someone he can trust to find out what the Nazis are up to. His choice: John F. Kennedy.

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 1940 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 1939 is a sexy, entertaining read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594631443
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 562,050
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francine Mathews is the author of more than twenty novels of mystery, history, and suspense. Her historical thriller The Alibi Club was named one of the fifteen best novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, she spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA and presently lives and works in Colorado.

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Jack 1939 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thevacid rest for the quality is that youwind up wishing it was the hospel truuth, Such is the case with Ms. Matthews' Jack 1939. She captires young JFK'S character so faithfully that you can almost predict how he will deal with the next challenge hurled at him, be it the intransigence of the British government in preparing for World War II, the beautiful and rlegant woman he falls.madly in love with (a prophetic note?),, !the savagery of the nascent Nazis, or the arrogance of his own father, he is always the John F. Kennedy he will become.. smart, courageous and sexy. I can only hope that Francine Matthews has further stories of the pre- presidential JFK in mind to thrill us as much as her view of 2939 does. Sign me up for it right now. Don't miss this bit of history that should have been
mimi1952 More than 1 year ago
Found this to be a nice mix of fact and fiction. Written as to hold your interest with lots of little factual tidbits. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most well written books I have read in a while. I could not put it down because I was fascinated by the correlation between the Kennedy family and the fictional novel. Well done.
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Read this book for a book club reading. We all enjoyed the book. We thought that this historical fiction was well done.
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
Well done, Ms Mathews. The plot cracks on at a great pace, the characters are believable, and clearly you have done a lot of research to get the reality-based characters right. A fictional view of JFK that gives us insights into what his early life might have been like, and what drove him. We also learn more about the various pressures, political and financial, around the outbreak of WWII. If you like James Bond, you'll like Jacvk 1939. Who can ask for anything more?
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This book delivers a pedestrian spy story, attempting to be great by utilizing historical characters. If you want depth of plot and characters, stick with the authors who have made this genre their career. The book became less interesting the further that I got into it. The bland plot is not helped by the attempt to excite with gratuitous chase and sex. Young Jack is just not believable, particularly in his interactions with his father. For Kennedys, Rose, Joe, and Joe Jr. come across as one dimensional and not very interesting. Their appearances seem provided for necessity rather than adding significant elements to the story. Real people are more complex than these spectres. Even the love interest of Jack barely rises into a second dimension.