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The Blooding of Jack Absolute

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781409138570

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 29th September 2011

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Adventure / Historical Adventure

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The brilliant prequel to JACK ABSOLUTE…

London 1759 and Jack’s life is easy. A scholar at Westminster School, a master with cricket bat or billiard cue, the leader of a gang of bucks about the Town, he has both a girl he worships and a courtesan teaching him the more basic arts of love. Yet he plans to give up all carousing, sit the examinations for Cambridge, find a career in any field he chooses. If he can just stay out of trouble for one night…

From the billiard halls and brothels of London to a clash of Empires on the Plains of Abraham, Jack’s life is forever altered by the tragedies of that night. Through duels, battles, frantic escapes and a brutal winter spent in a cave in Canada, the schoolboy will vanish, and a man appear.

But first he must learn to kill. To come of age, Jack Absolute must be blooded.


As swash-buckling as a young Errol Flynn, languidly escaping death with the ease of a teenage James Bond, this is a roaring adventure whose pages are remorselessly consumed. In this prequel, Humphreys begins the finest series of historical novels since O'Brian
Jack escapes death more often than James Bond ... an exciting romp
A coming-of-age novel that ticks all the boxes - adventure, drama, wit, style and sheer enjoyment
C.C. Humphreys brings the ribald, pleasure-seeking excesses of the regency period gloriously to life in this splendid romp... great rollicking fun
Brilliantly combines meticulous research with a breakneck pace and a terrific sense of humour... If I read a more enjoyable historical novel this year you can stick me in a snowed up cave with only bear-meat to chew on and a copy of Hamlet to keep me sane
It is not often that one looks forward to a prequel with such yearning, but in this case THE BLOODING OF JACK ABSOLUTE is one those rare exceptions to the rule... He is a swashbuckler to rival all others and has the soul of a warrior. He is for me a devastating character that grows on you page by page to the extent that you crave more. Settle down, enjoy, and sink into the exciting and somewhat vulnerable life of spy-extraordinaire Jack Absolute