The Blooding of Jack Absolute (Hardcover)
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Amongst the debauched aristocracy of eighteenth-century London, life is easy for the handsome young Jack Absolute. The only risks he faces appear on the cricket field, in the billiard hall, or in the boudoirs of the city’s courtesans. Yet despite his carousing, he hopes for something more, and plans to give it all up for college in Cambridge and a promising career. His future success is assured, as long as he can stay out of trouble for one more night. . . .
Which is, of course, impossible.
His fortunes forever altered by one tragic evening, Jack sets out to find a different sort of fortune in the New World. He soon discovers a life far different from what he experienced in the taverns of London. And the lessons he’s about to learn on the battlefield and in the dense forests of Indian territory promise not financial success, but something much more important: survival.
But to survive, he must first learn to kill. To come of age, Jack must be blooded.
Through bloody duels, battles, frantic escapes, and a brutal winter in the wilds of the new continent, this smashing prequel to last year’s acclaimed Jack Absolute tells the story of how this irresistible hero earned his reputation as the “red-coated James Bond” (Books in Canada).
About the Author
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in Los Angeles and London. An actor for twenty-five years, leading roles have included the title role in Hamlet, Caleb in the miniseries A.D., and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s The Rivals. In 2002 his first novel, The French Executioner, was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers. The Blooding of Jack Absolute will be followed by the third book in the series, Absolute Honor. He has also written “The Runestone Saga,” a fantasy/horror series for teens, starting with The Fetch. Chris lives in Vancouver with his wife and young son.
You can visit his Web site at www.cchumphreys.com.
Praise for The Blooding of Jack Absolute…
Praise for the Jack Absolute Series:
“C. C. Humphreys takes you into a swashbuckling world you won’t want to leave.”
---Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth
“The finest series of historical novels since O’Brian.”
---Good Book Guide (UK)
“Who can resist a novel that opens with a duel and introduces a hero who deciphers coded messages, spots Masonic signals a mile off, speaks fluent Iroquois, slips into a loincloth in a trice, wins fair lady, and faces hanging with flair?”
---Boston Sunday Globe
“If you like the American Revolution seen from a completely unexpected point of view, plus romance laced with violence and imminent death, this is your kind of book.”
---Thomas Fleming, author of Washington’s Secret War
“Humphreys combines historical detail, a larger-than-life hero, clever plotting, and fast pacing to craft a thoroughly entertaining historical adventure.”
“Vigorously imagined, dashingly done espionage adventure . . . Few comparisons unless you go back to Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans. Quite bloody, thoroughly gripping, intensely readable.”
---Literary Review (UK)
“[Humphreys] brilliantly combines meticulous research with a breakneck pace and a terrific sense of humor.”
---Historical Novels Review