The brilliant first outing for a new kind of hero ...In 1777, Jack Absolute is famous ...as the dashing lover in Sheridan's famous comedy THE RIVALS. However, this notoriety comes as something of a shock to the REAL Jack Absolute when he disembarks at Portsmouth after four months at sea, and seven years in India ...When his old commander is appointed to lead the army that will crush the American Revolution, Jack's history in the Colonies becomes vital. Years before he was adopted by the Iroquois, knows their language and ways, can rally these vital allies to the King's cause. Yet there is a traitor at the heart of the British army, betraying its every move. From a field of honour in London through the Battle of Saratoga and the hunt for a double agent, Jack must fight revolutionaries, incensed rivals and a malevolent secret society - and all while trying to protect the woman he loves...
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(197mm x 128mm x 22mm)
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UK Kirkus Review »
Multi-faceted Humphreys: actor, playwright, novelist, has been beguiled by Jack Absolute (from Sheridan's 'The Rivals') ever since he first played him onstage in 1987. When the run ended he missed Jack; found he 'wouldn't go away' and finally, as a novelist, re-created him as the hero of this rip-roaring saga of adventure, friendship, treachery and romance. Having taken time out from his army career in Intelligence eleven years earlier to rescue the dwindling family fortunes, Jack is recalled in 1767 to help free Canada from a Secret Society bent on general disruptive mayhem, and the increasingly intrusive rebel Americans, surging north on a heady wave of confidence following their successful War of Independence. Though an instinctive rebel himself, Jack's completely loyal to the Crown; he knows the terrain, his job, is a bonny hand-to-hand fighter, something of a loner, as well as a spy... exactly the right man in what is clearly a very dodgy situation. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - C. C. Humphreys
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he is married and lives on Salt Spring Island, Canada. www.cchumphreys.com