Jack Absolute: Officer. Mohawk. Lover. Spy.

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A new historical adventure series starring the dashing Jack Absolute that has already been called "the finest historical novels since O'Brian." (Good Book Guide UK)

In 1777 Jack Absolute, the charming lover in Sheridan's comedy The Rivals, is famous throughout London. However, this notoriety comes as something of a shock to the real Jack Absolute when he arrives in England after four months at sea. But there's barely time for outrage before he finds himself dueling for his life....

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Overview

A new historical adventure series starring the dashing Jack Absolute that has already been called "the finest historical novels since O'Brian." (Good Book Guide UK)

In 1777 Jack Absolute, the charming lover in Sheridan's comedy The Rivals, is famous throughout London. However, this notoriety comes as something of a shock to the real Jack Absolute when he arrives in England after four months at sea. But there's barely time for outrage before he finds himself dueling for his life. Even worse, as soon as he's won the duel he's forced to flee London by the quickest means possible, becoming a spy in America's war of Independence.

Thus we meet Jack Absolute - rogue, duellist, charmer and Captain in the Light Dragoons. From the field of honor in London through the pivotal battle of Saratoga to a hunt for a double agent in wintry Philadelphia, this novel marks the impressive debut of this new series.

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"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: The Hidden History of Valley Forge

Publishers Weekly
A stage actor, novelist and playwright, Humphreys (The French Executioner) examines the American Revolution through the eyes of the inestimable Capt. Jack Absolute, an 18th-century 007 lifted from Richard Sheridan's play The Rivals, who has a "talent for trouble," a rogue's way with women and more lives than a cat. Although he expresses sympathy for the rebels' cause, Jack agrees under duress to serve as Gen. John Burgoyne's chief spy in America. As Burgoyne launches a campaign to capture Albany, N.Y. ("the heart of the country"), Jack and his Mohawk blood brother, At , are dispatched to root out spies working for the Illuminati, a secret lodge within the Freemasons who hope to establish a utopia in the colonies. Jack hooks up with Louisa Reardon, a beautiful Loyalist traveling with Burgoyne's army, but they are captured and separated. Escaping his captors, Jack rushes back to join Burgoyne, but arrives too late to help prevent a humiliating British defeat. A dejected Burgoyne dispatches Jack to Philadelphia to warn British commanders of the hidden threat. There is more than one surprise in Philadelphia awaiting Jack and readers. Humphreys combines historical detail, a larger-than-life hero, clever plotting and fast pacing to craft a thoroughly entertaining historical adventure. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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After a successful run in Britain, this first volume of Humphreys's "Revolutionary War" series of fast-paced adventure finally comes to the States. The title character is a fresh blending of Ian Fleming's James Bond and James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumpo, a man equally adept at hunting and Native American languages, along with more modern skills in code-breaking and espionage. During the pivotal Battle of Saratoga, England calls on retired Captain Absolute to use his contacts within the Mohawk tribes to convince the Native Americans to fight on the side of England. During his travels, he uncovers a secret organization known as the Illuminati that manipulates both sides of the conflict for its own dark purposes. Absolute seeks the identity of its ruler and leads readers through a series of red herrings filled with daring escapes and realistic battle scenes. Absolute holds the unusual point of view of sympathizing with the Colonial desires for freedom and liberty but still feeling the strong tugs of loyalty to the crown. The author does a solid job of using this character to illustrate the complex motivations on both sides of the war. Although full of intrigue and accurate historical detail, the novel is ultimately a straightforward adventure story that sends readers racing through the pages of Absolute's improbable but exciting captures, escapes, and fight scenes.
—Matthew L. MoffettCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
British actor Humphreys imagines further adventures of the character he once played in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals. Jack Absolute, who features in the Irish playwright's popular 18th-century comedy, moves from stage to historical fiction in this breathless adventure, packed with sword fights, battles, dastardly rivals, disposable women and more narrow escapes than a cat has lives. Simultaneously the son of an Irish rebel, a Cornishman and Daganoweda of the Mohawk, Jack is reunited here with characters from earlier episodes in his life. At his side stands trusty Ate, an Iroquois warrior and blood brother given to quoting Hamlet and the Bible. The narrative opens with a duel in which Jack encounters arch-villain Count von Schlaben, a member of the Illuminati, a secret society with suspicious intent toward the American Revolution. Jack sails with Ate to Quebec to serve the British forces as a spy, code-breaker, messenger, swordsman and all-around brawler. In his free time, he's the lover of lovely Louisa Reardon. Redoubtable despite his innumerable wounds, captures and escapes, Jack fights at the Battle of Saratoga, then moves on to Philadelphia, where he must kill a spy working to undermine the British forces. Suave, sexy and superhuman, Jack could be an 18th-century prototype for James Bond. The author's affectionate, theatrical tale sets up his dashing hero and faithful sidekick for a long series. Much derring-do, told with panache.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312358228
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Series: Jack Absolute Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

A third-generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, C.C. HUMPHREYS was born in Canada and grew up in Los Angeles and London. He was a schoolboy fencing champion, became a fight choreographer and has turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in England.

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