Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West Hardcover – Sep 15 2007
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"The fun rolls on like the mighty Mississippi . . . Jacky continues to amaze readers with her clever plots, narrow escapes, and the uncanny ability to outwit thieves and bureaucrats, make money, and have some fun. Fans will look forward to the next installment."--"VOYA "(4Q) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
L. A. Meyer(1942-2014) was the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventure series, which follows the exploits of an impetuous heroine who has fought her way up from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. Mr. Meyer was an art teacher, an illustrator, a designer, a naval officer, and a gallery owner. All of those experiences helped him in the writing of his curious tales of the beloved Jacky Faber. Visit www.jackyfaber.com for more information on the author and his books.
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But L. A. Meyer is an outstanding storyteller. These are the kinds of books you want to last and never end, but you cannot stop reading. Meyer mixes up past and present tense, straight narrative with letters and journals, but it all blends seamlessly.
I just finished the book a couple days ago, and right now I consider it the best book I've read this year. It has everything - adventure, history, romance, tragedy, excitement, violence, sentimentality, pathos, and all in the guise of "young adult" fiction.
Since most of this book takes place along the Mississippi (and Ohio) Rivers, it's hard not to think of a later writer, Mark Twain, in the same territory, and I think Twain would've liked Jacky Faber and her adventures. There are certainly echoes of Huck and Jim's story in this book, and Meyer does justice to these themes. The book is set in 1806 (one year before Britain outlawed slavery, just three years after the Louisiana Purchase) and Meyer illuminates the times wonderfully.
I have a friend in his sixties who loves these books and gives them as presents to his nieces and nephews, as well as his mother, who also loves the series (she's in her eighties). Start with Bloody Jack, the first book, and you too will be hooked.
If you recall the end of "In the Belly of the Bloodhound," the fourth book in Jacky's ongoing series of adventures set in the early 19th century, our heroine had escaped the clutches of vile slavers and sailed her captured ship back to Boston when, just as she disembarked with her schoolmates in triumph, she found herself arrested for crimes against the English crown. But, while Jacky has spent her fair share of time as a captive on both land and sea, it rarely proves easy to hold her -- and, soon enough, and in the wake of a massive riot in her name, Jacky is fleeing Boston for the relative safety of the inland United States.
I was a little worried at the onset of "Mississippi Jack" that a journey down a river wouldn't afford our plucky young heroine with enough opportunities for mischief and adventure. But not to worry, for author Louis A. Meyer has Jacky's fate well in hand. Jacky, for all the many years of experience under her petticoats -- when she wears them, the scamp -- has grown no wiser nor more sedate. She is an endless source of entertainment; she is brassy, clever, immodest, bold, flighty, romantic, impulsive, loyal, commanding and downright fun.
This chapter in her growing life's story draws on a wealth of riverboat lore, from tent revivals to floating casinos. There are noble savages and fierce Indian raiders, treacherous British agents, trappers and traders, slaves and slavers, whores, pirates and thieves. Jacky rises to the top of it all, like cream on milk, and this book, like its predecessors, leaves you wanting more. I'm happy to hear that Meyer is already hard at work on the next chapter in Faber's exciting saga.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.N E T editor
When we last left Jacky she was steps away from being reunited with Jaimy- and then she was about to be arrested. Somehow, Jacky always seems to land on her feet though, so don't be worried. Before long, and with the help of a few friends, she's escaped and is now captain of a riverboat. Despite many obstacles (and really you have to feel bad for the poor guy) Jaimy is always just a little bit behind her.
A couple of new characters appear, including a card shark, a Reverend, Native Americans, slaves, and British soldiers- all of whom seem to eventually surrender to Jacky's charms. But along with these new characters come a couple of old villains. Will Jacky manage to evade them? Will she eventually be reunited with Jaimy? You'll have to read to find out!
But her love Jaimy, poor Jaimy, is not really a match for Jacky. His attempts to follow his true love across the frontier and down the river find him fighting obstacles at every turn. I felt so sorry for this young nineteen-year-old boy. I can't imagine him with Jacky. She'd emasculate him in no time.
We follow Jacky through her adventures and hear from Jaimy through a series of letters. It is a clever way to tell the intertwining stories of Jacky and Jaimy. Some wonderful characters make appearances: Native American Indians, slaves, soldiers, card sharks, etc. The questions are: will Jacky continue to escape from those that are determined to do her in? She has the ability to get herself out of any scrape and land on her feet. And will she and Jaimy finally be reunited? And what will Jacky's next adventure be about?
Author Louis A. Meyer has created a wonderful character in Jacky Faber and provides her with exciting adventures. Jacky's bright, beautiful, clever, impulsive, loyal and loads and loads of fun. I loved the river boating adventure and all the scintillating characters and experiences. Jacky's a heroine worth reading and I look forward to her next adventure.
My only criticism of the book is while it's been published for Young Adults, there are topics that really are more suited to adults. After pondering what I'd call this novel, I would lean more toward an adult novel than for young adults. I think it's more appropriate.
Armchair Interviews says: Jacky Faber is a rollicking good time.
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