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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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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Sept. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152060030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152060039
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
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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)

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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 for more information on the author and his books.


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bb26fcc) out of 5 stars 74 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb50210) out of 5 stars Best series going! Sept. 7 2007
By Charles Ford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While everyone else was waiting for the last Harry Potter book, the new Stephenie Meyer book, the new Christopher Paolini book, this is the one that I was highly anticipating. The Bloody Jack series has to be the best series going, bar none, including a couple of my other favorites, like Connelly's Harry Bosch and Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan. Of course, this is historical fiction, not mystery or fantasy, so perhaps it's not fair to compare them.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb50264) out of 5 stars Another rousing Jacky Faber adventure... Sept. 20 2007
By H. S. Wedekind - Published on
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In this, the 5th novel in the picaresque/historical fiction series about the adventures/misadventures of the irrepressible Jacky Faber, we see our heroine again narrowly escaping transport back to England to be hanged for piracy. Jacky then begins another rousing adventure tale as she travels west to the Allegheny-Ohio-Mississippi Rivers on her way to New Orleans, meeting characters along the way that sound like they could have come from the pens of Mark twain, James Fenimore Cooper, and George MacDonald Fraser. She meets and shelters a runaway slave named Solomon (just like Twain's Huck Finn and Jim), a free-spirited backwoodsman and a Shawnee, Lightfoot Bumpus & Chee-a-quat, (Cooper's Natty "Leatherstocking" Bumppo & the Mohican Chingachgook), Royal Navy Lieutenant Flashby and Captain Richard Lord Allen (sharing the good and bad traits of Fraser's anti-heroic rogue Harry Flashman). The author, Louis A. Meyer, throws in the "Larger Than Life" Mike Fink of American Folklore and many other interesting (albeit flawed) folks. Jacky seems to have a knack for getting into trouble and thoroughly loves the attention she receives (except for the rough handling, imprisonment, and tar and feathering parts, that is). All in all, this is one heck of an exciting riverboat ride and the most rollicking Jacky Faber escapade yet. I highly recommend this and the other books in the series.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb505d0) out of 5 stars From London waif to riverboat queen Aug. 18 2007
By Tom Knapp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mary "Jacky" Faber -- from homeless waif to ship's boy in the British navy, pirate, serving girl, lady in training, actress, musician, privateer, slave -- and now, riverboat queen.

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
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb50aec) out of 5 stars Maybe not my favorite Jacky adventure, but still a welcome addition Aug. 31 2007
By K. Gilligan - Published on
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This is the fifth book in the Bloody Jack Adventures. (After: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy, Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack Adventures), Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures), and In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures))

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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb503b4) out of 5 stars Jacky has great adventures...and you will do! Sept. 25 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Jacky Faber was to be reunited with her love, Jaimy. That reunion was interrupted by Jacky's arrest. But never fear, the spunky lass manages to free herself from her captors and with the help of friends, she becomes the captain of her very own riverboat.

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.