The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea

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Jacky Faber embarks on another rousing adventure to delight her ever-growing legion of fans.

The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher. But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous...

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The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea

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Overview

Jacky Faber embarks on another rousing adventure to delight her ever-growing legion of fans.

The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher. But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics. With the help of her loyal friends, Jacky meets her enemies head-on in this tale of love, courage, and redemption.

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Editorial Reviews

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• "This resilient and exuberant heroine deserves a stamp of approval."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Delivering the high adventure, good humor, and bits of ballad that the Bloody Jack Adventure series is known for, this historical novel will please avid fans of Jacky."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Change the red pig tails to a dark single braid, and Pippi Longstocking grows up into the pirate and entrepreneur, Jacky Faber. This unique and high strung heroine brings a new dimension to high seas' adventure books, with her lively comrades and the exploits that take her around the world and back again. Trouble finds Jacky at every avenue, and sometimes it seems that each one will be the last, but somehow she turns foes into friends or maybe just into business partners for the moment. During this particular quest, Jacky goes overboard with her adopted son, Ravi, and the story begins. I find it refreshing to have a strong, sensitive female lead that makes life and death decisions at the drop of a hat while earning the respect of her all-male crew. The use of the entire world as a setting allows readers the opportunity to find out what it would be like to set sail in a boat and travel, while they sit in a school desk or a cozy chair. Being that Pippi Longstocking was a favorite character of mine, it takes away from Jacky for me when she has her sensual encounters which could have been down played a lot, thus encompassing a wider audience. This book is part of the "Bloody Jack Adventure" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
VOYA - Dawn Talbott
This ninth installment of the Bloody Jack series picks up just after the eighth book leaves off, with Jacky and her gang headed back to the civilized world now that they have managed to avoid imprisonment in the penal colony of Australia. Jacky thinks she will now have her happily ever after with the love of her life, Jaimy Fletcher, but a series of events, starting with a typhoon, changes those plans and possibly ruins her entire future. L. A. Meyer's latest addition to this adventure series does not disappoint. It is action packed, with a very interesting string of events and mishaps that take Jacky into a variety of situations, including tangles with storms, wild animals, vicious thugs, rich collectors, earthquakes, political intrigue, military schemes, and true mental madness. As always, songs and poems are peppered through the story to add to the feel of life on the sea. Elements of history are also included, with figures such as King George, Lord Byron, and even Alfred Noyes's legendary Highwayman. The writing style is simple yet entertaining. The multiple viewpoints, including the thoughts of various characters, add interest to the story. Meyer also adds a little spice without being explicit, although a few words could be offensive to younger readers, so this selection is better suited to young adults, but all in all it is a very enjoyable read. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
Kirkus Reviews

Jacky Faber must once again fight and flirt her way across land and sea to reach her beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the ninth book of this stirring historical series.

Escaping imprisonment in Australia and the amorous attentions of the female pirate Cheng Shih, Jacky finds her celebrations cut short by a typhoon. Accompanied by young Ravi but separated from her crew, Jacky relies on her musical talent and knack for disguise to get them through Southeast Asia and back to England. Jaimy, however, also proves elusive, having vowed to hunt Jacky's longtime and odious persecutors, Flashby and Bliffil. Aside from a clever scene involving some strategically placed seaweed, Jacky's ingenious plans and bravery take a backseat to British political and social intrigue. Famous in England and increasingly unable to pass as a boy, Jacky employs her new dragon tattoo, queue and Asian attire to escape detection. (Though historically accurate, the focus on her acquired exoticism and Ravi's race and pidgin speech may nevertheless prove jarring to modern readers.) Frequent allusions to Jacky's earlier adventures make this less of a standalone than Meyer's (The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, 2010, etc.) usual fare, so newcomers should start with book one.

This resilient and exuberant heroine deserves a stamp of approval. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547517643
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventure Series , #9
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 823,848
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

L. A. MEYER is 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. He and his wife operate an art gallery near their home in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine. Visit his website at www.jackyfaber.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!! A must read!!

    This book is a favorite of mine. And I belive always will be. Can't wait!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    CANT WAIT@@@@

    I SO CANT WAIT, I LOVE THE SERIES!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    Good series but...

    This book was really really good. But as much as I love this book series, I also wonder when it'll come to an end. I mean, how many times can Jacky and Jaimy get separated then reunited and etc? I'll still read the series, don't get me wrong. But I was just wondering is all. While the ending was good, it was bittersweet. Hope everything works out for the couple.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Originally, I wasn't planning on writing a review for The Mark O

    Originally, I wasn't planning on writing a review for The Mark Of The Golden Dragon, because all of my reviews tend to go something like this:

    I love this series. Read it. Jacky is a phenomenal character and the story is hilarious.

    To an extent, it still rings true. Jacky Faber is, without a doubt, one of the best and undoubtedly my favorite character that I have ever encountered. This book made no exception to that rule. Despite all her actions, she still has this innocence of mind about her, and I loved that she's beginning to become aware of her flaws and (hopefully) will work on correcting or monitoring some of them.

    And as usual, the story was absolutely fantastic. The new characters introduced were well thought out and fun to read about - especially the relationship that develops between Higgins and Lord Byron. (Yes, THAT Lord Byron.)

    But something kept throwing me off about this book, and I couldn't place my finger on it until after I was reviewing the story in my head.

    And that something was a certain James Emerson Fletcher.

    Jaimy is one of my favorite characters throughout this series, partly because of his loyalty to Jacky. He loves her. But even without his loyalty to her, he is a strong character on his own. He does what he has to and does what no other man seems to be able to do - love Jacky unconditionally even when she's off gallivanting the seven seas. I understand that the two are intertwined in a way that few couples can be; that's why I love them.

    But why, oh why, did Jaimy have to go insane?! It seems like a cop-out of a plot to keep driving the two of them away from each other. It's taking the easy way out. Why would Jaimy, of all people, believe Jacky to be dead when everybody else seems to think she may pop up again? Why would he go insane while avenging her? Why would he magically fall for a girl named Bess while he was going insane!?

    The entire area with Jaimy just seemed like a way to keep the two apart. And I know part of it is that they have to be apart for the story to end - I don't know how many more books I can expect, but I have a strange suspicion that Jacky will have hanged at the end of them, and be okay with that, despite the fact that I (and everybody else) want her to have a Happily Ever After with Jaimy. (There's too much blatant foreshadowing for me not to think otherwise. Or maybe she'll marry Jaimy and have dozens of kids and be buried in that land plot after all. Who knows.)

    But out of all the things to do - have him pressed back into service for the military; have him run off to America to live on his own; don't drive him insane! It was so very out of character.

    I still loved the book, as I love all Bloody Jack books - I can't help but love Jacky Faber. Hopefully Meyer will clean up his act with the next book and get Jaimy's character back to normal.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Jacky Faber is back in her ninth adventure, this time to be wash

    Jacky Faber is back in her ninth adventure, this time to be washed overboard and thought for dead. Her beloved Jaimy writes notes professing his goal of taking revenge on that who he believes is responsible for Jacky's death. Meanwhile, Jacky frolics on land and sea with Richard Allen, shimmying and shaking herself in a sensual way in order to gain secrets and divert atention from her crew, those likeable characters who would do anything for their Jacky. The adventure has become stale for me, though, as it seems the same as the previous couple of books--Jacky and Jaimy are separated, she uses her femine attributes to gain acceptance and information, and while telling herself that Jaimy is her main man, Jacky's flirting is way over the top. References to historical figures will probably go right over the top of the heads of teens.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    Great Adventure!

    This adventure begins with the death of Jacky Faber...you have to read the book to see how Jacky gets out of this one. Meyer does a neat job of including historical figures such as Beethoven, Lord Byron, Coleridge, and even King George III. A must read for Jacky fans.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Not as great as the others

    As usual, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book and read it without putting it down. But sadly, I did put it down a few times before finishing it. As much as I wanted to like it, it just didn't live up to my expectations. It is still wonderfully written but it's drawn out and almost seems forced. I do however look forward to the next book in hopes she may finally be with Jamiy longer than a few moments.

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