I have two historical books about Jack Absolute to share with you today and I did a spotlight on the 2nd book awhile back and here is the link to The Blooding of Jack Absolute to give you more information. I won't repeat that here, just give you a brief synopsis of the book. These were written by C.C. Humphreys.
Synopsis of The Blooding of Jack Absolute:
London: 1759: Life is easy for Jack Absolute, a young raconteur loved by the ladies and envied by his schoolmates. With a place secured at university and a baronetcy at hand, his future seems bright—if he can just stay out of trouble. But when Jack is caught read-handed with a powerful lord's mistress, his good fortune is destroyed, forcing him to seek a new fate in the dangerous New World during the brutal Frecn and Indian Wars.
There, marooned amid hostile Indians and fierce colonial rivalries, the bawdy schoolboy disappears and a man emerges. Jack's survival depends on winning the friendship and help of the natives, but those come at a high price. In order to become the man they could eventually trust, Jack Absolute must first be blooded. And in order to be blooded, he must do the unfathomable. He must learn to kill.
Synopsis of Jack Absolute: A Novel:
The year is 1777. As the American Revolution rages across the sea, London is swept off its feet by Jack Absolute, the dashing rogue in Richard Sheridan's comedy The Rivals. That is, until the real Jack Absolute, former captain of the 16th Light Dragoons, returns after years abroad to discover this slander of his reputation.
Before he can even protest, he is embroiled in an illegal duel over a backstage tryst at the Drury Lane theatre. Jack escapes with his life, only to find himself pressed again into the King's service-this time, as a spy for the British in the Revolutionary War. With his Mohawk blood brother, Ate, at his side-and Loyalist beauty Louisa Reardon on his mind-Jack sets sail for the wilds of North America to face rebellious militiamen, rival Indian tribes, and the incompetence of his own superiors head-on.
But when Jack learns there is a traitor in his ranks, he is dispatched as a double agent to root out the secrets of the Illuminati, a secret lodge within the Freemasons with their own agenda in the colonies. With no one left to trust and more blood spilling with each passing day, it's no longer clear if Jack is a spy...or the target.These two books were actually full of adventure and with some history thrown in to boot! The books follow Jack and his many adventures from London to Canada to the early colonies in the United States. He has been a fighter, an actor, a dandy who loves women, writer and is a man of principle who fights for God and Country. Very loyal but in the end is tried for being a spy and almost killed.
From the streets of London to the bloody battlefields of Saratoga, from forest fights on the Hudson to the seedy corners of wintry Philadelphia, Jack Absolute marks the exhilarating beginning of an epic 18th century adventure and a character you won't soon forget.
His trusty Mohawk Indian friend, Ate, comes to his rescue just in time and helps him escape. There is a bit of sadness to this escape as they were not able to save the woman that Jack loved, Louisa. She was hanged and he was next to be put before the firing squad when Ate came to the rescue. He met Ate when he first got to Canada and was under the command of General Wolfe. They survived a winter living in a cave and eating bear meat. They had to kill several French men that winter.
But do not despair, as there is a third book coming that will probably pick up where he escapes from the prison with Ate and will more than likely tell us of more adventures that the two of them share. It seems like it is very hard to kill Jack Absolute!
You will actually come to love reading about his many adventures. I wasn't too sure at first if I could read a history like book but C.C. Humphreys made the books more like an adventure following Jack around in his travels.
This would make a good books to introduce your pre-teens or teens to history about the early days of the United States and how those wars came into being. The stories of Jack Absolute make the learning of history just a little bit easier because it is an adventure mixed with history that I think they would love to read about.
About the Author:
C.C. Humphreys is a novelist, fight choreographer, and actor who played Jack Absolute in The Rivals for a six-month run in London in the mid-1980s. When he became a full-time writer a decade ago, he decided to transform his leading man into a title character. Humphreys has written seven historical fiction novels including The French Executioner, which was runner-up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002. The Jack Absolute series features three books: Jack Absolute, The Blooding of Jack Absolute, and Absolute Honour.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.