Day of Deliverance (Jack Christie Series #2)

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The exciting second installment in the Jack Christie adventures.

Jack and Angus’s time travels are heating up again, and this time the boys must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death. Meeting the playwright Marlowe and a young actor named William Shakespeare along the way, Jack and Angus will have to use all their bravery and skill to thwart their archenemy, Pendleshape, and his misguided notions of changing history.

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Overview

The exciting second installment in the Jack Christie adventures.

Jack and Angus’s time travels are heating up again, and this time the boys must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death. Meeting the playwright Marlowe and a young actor named William Shakespeare along the way, Jack and Angus will have to use all their bravery and skill to thwart their archenemy, Pendleshape, and his misguided notions of changing history.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Jack Christie and his best friend, Angus, embark on yet another exciting historic adventure in this second installment to the time-travel series. This time they are jumping back to the year 1587—a critical moment in European history. When Jack is given a hint by his rogue father that the Revisionists are using their time traveling capabilities in order to rewrite history in a way that they think will bring about "great good for humanity," he and the rest of the VIGIL team get to work in order to pinpoint the exact event in history that they must save. As they are transported back in time, Jack and Angus find themselves in the moments prior to England's renowned defeat of the "Invincible" Spanish Armada. This blooming series promises to be one that readers, educators, and even adults can jump into. Readers will enjoy being whisked into sixteenth-century England with its emerging theater tradition, bear baiting as popular entertainment, and total lack of hygiene! It plays that daring game of "What-if" as author O'Brian marries together historical events and the sci-fi time travel and gadgets necessary to take the reader back there, but with present-day knowledge. The characters are engaging and likeable, but most importantly, they present an appropriate amount of knowledge They know as much as history class and some light reading might expect them to recall, but will not put off readers by randomly producing facts and information beyond the level of most high school students. Even those who tend to stray away from the historical fiction genre should check out these adventures. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Jack and Angus are members of the VIGIL society, dedicated to protecting the secret of time travel from the Revisionist party, who want to change the future by altering the past. VIGIL learns that Revisionist chief Dr. Pendelshape is in Elizabethan England. The enemy scientist is seeking to secure the success of the Spanish Armada, making Spain rather than England the dominant influence in modern Western history. Jack and Angus are sent back to stop the plot, but something goes wrong in the transference. Separated from their team, the teens are lost in 16th-century England. They fall in with a group of players on the way to a command performance before Queen Elizabeth I, but one of the actors has a more sinister plan in mind. With assassins from the Spanish Inquisition on one hand and Revisionist goons on the other, can Jack and Angus survive until they can get back to the 21st century? Real personages such Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare fit smoothly into the plot. Actual historical events are portrayed accurately within the confines of the fictional plot, and black-and-white reproductions of maps, prints, and portraits add to the period feel. Plotlines and characters carry over from Day of the Assassins (Candlewick, 2009), but sufficient background is provided to allow this book to stand on its own. A challenging and exciting read for those who appreciate a blend of history and science fiction.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Jack Christie and his hulking sidekick, Angus (introduced in Day of the Assassins, 2009), take another trip into the past as agents of VIGIL, this time to scotch a scheme by the megalomaniac Pendleshape and his Revisionists to support the Spanish Armada with modern weaponry. Gore-splashed—Jack and Angus arrive just in time to witness the graphically described beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots—and fast-paced, the jaunt features plenty of chases and escapes, as well as encounters with the likes of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, not to mention extended scenes of actors in drunken revelry for comic relief and a violent climactic sea battle aboard Sir Francis Drake's flagship. As before, O'Brien seems to see no conflict between VIGIL's determination to prevent the past from being changed and its agents' willingness to use 21st-century technology openly—and even leave it behind. Still, noncritical readers will enjoy the nonstop action, as well as the glimpses of historical figures. The author includes afternotes on the latter. (Time-travel fantasy. 11-13)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763650759
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: A Jack Christie Adventure Series , #2
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnny O’Brien was born in Edinburgh and studied history at Cambridge University. He got the idea for the Jack Christie Adventures when he came across his grandfather’s medals from World War I. He lives in Surrey, England, with his family.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Exciting, enthralling adventures

    In the second instalment Jack and Angus are transported back to 1587 as the revisionists are going to kill Queen Elizabeth I, in order for the Spanish Armada to defeat England and rule the world thus averting England's dominance over the rest of the world, which eventually leads up to the unrest and revolutions throughout Europe. Facing sea battles, sword fights and working as undercover agents to survive. With the Queen on edge and suspecting everyone being a spy, Jack and Angus not only have to fight the revisionists but also for their life. Can they save the Queen and themselves?

    Exciting, enthralling adventures., X-box meets HG Wells. Re-enacting what they have learnt in the computer game as they are transported into earlier times. The author provides a great journey through history which will hopefully provoke a genuine interest in major events that have shaped the world as it is

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