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It's London, 1759. A bright scholar and brilliant sportsman at Westminster school, Jack is drawn into the debauchery of London life, in the taverns and billiard halls of Covent Garden, in the boudoir of a lady educating him in the ways of love. Unfortunately, the lady is also mistress to one of the most powerful men in the land, Lord Melbury, and when Jack's father is forced to fight a duel on his son's behalf and kills Melbury- with Jack himself fighting his nemesis-cousin, Craster - the only escape is the army, currently fighting the French in the Seven Years War. The naive Ensign Jack arrives in Canada just in time to take part in the legendary Battle of Quebec. Taken prisoner at battle's end by the Abenaki Indians, he is enslaved by them, finally escaping with a fellow slave, a young Mohawk he's always hated : ATE. The two youths are drawn together by the necessities of survival in a brutal winter world and by a copy of "Hamlet", Jack's last possession from London. Jack goes native. He then uses that disguise to infiltrate the French army at Montreal and take news of their planned assault on the weakened British at Quebec. Jack survives a second battle there and, somewhat reluc

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752857053
ISBN-10: 0752857053
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 164mm x 32mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Orion
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Jack Absolute is an eighteenth-century boy, brought up as a bastard on his uncle's Cornish estate, who is rescued by parents and through an extensive education at Westminister school, and the attentions of London's finest courtesan, is prepared for life as a gentleman. Unfortunately, after Jack's father kills England's leading politician in a duel, Jack has to flee and takes refuge as a soldier in General Wolfe's army in Canada. His mishaps continue when he is taken prisoner and is made a slave, a state eerily similar to his days at public school, before he escapes again to join the Mohicans and a career as England's finest spy. As swashbuckling as a young Errol Flynn, languidly escaping certain death with the ease of a teenage James Bond this is a roaring adventure whose pages are remorselessly consumed. C.C. Humphreys has created the finest series of historical novels since Patrick O'Brian. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - C. C. Humphreys

C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. He is a third generation actor and writer.He was a schoolboy fencing champion, became a fight choreographer and thus turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in North London.

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