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 [NOOK Book]

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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 nature, Jacky is cast into a world ...
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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. This ebook includes a sample chapter of VIVA JACQUELINA!
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

• "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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547677453
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventure Series , #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 123,152
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

L. A. Meyer is the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventures, which follows the exploits of an impetuous heroine risen from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. He and his wife operate an art gallery near his home in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine.


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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Prologue

December 1807
Off the coast of Java
Onboard the Lorelei Lee

O God of Grace and Glory, we come before you this day in memory of our fallen shipmate. In your boundless compassion, console those of us who are left behind to mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on Earth until by your call we are united with those who have gone before, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal Father whose arm doth sometimes calm the restless wave, and whose mighty arm doth at other times whip the sea into an angry froth, please accept into your loving arms the soul of our lost mate who in your greater wisdom you saw fit to take. We commend unto your divine presence our beloved comrade . . .

Jacky Faber.

Amen.

Part I

Chapter 1
My name is Jacky Faber and I am—by the grace of God, of Neptune, and of all the lesser gods—Owner and Captain of the Lorelei Lee, possibly the most beautiful brigantine bark ever to sail the seven seas. I am once again back in command of that fine ship. I am in my lovely cabin and my bottom is pressed back in its favorite chair at the head of my fine table, and grouped about that table are many of my dearest friends.

I’ve a glass of fine wine in my fist and my dearly beloved James Emerson Fletcher sits here beside me, his hand in mine. Oh, Jaimy, finally!

I am supremely happy.

Now a drop of Nelson’s blood would not do us any harm,
No, a drop of Nelson’s blood would not do us any harm . . .

Things are getting a mite rowdy here on the Lorelei Lee as we lift our glasses and bellow out the words to the song. My ship has been sailing in company with the Cerberus and HMS Dart back up the Strait of Malacca, with Sumatra to port and the Malay Archipelago to starboard, having left Australia, and all its meager charms, far behind.

Most of those in this northerly bound fleet had been condemned to servitude in the penal colony in New South Wales, but we managed, through various mutinies, battles, and some very welcome help from God, luck, and a Chinese pirate, to wriggle free of those bonds, and for that we are eternally grateful. I am, anyway.

Were we guilty of those crimes for which we were transported to the other side of the world? Well, the Irish lads were guilty mostly of merely being Irish. My own dear Jaimy Fletcher, former Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Royal Navy and now in the eyes of that Service a vile pirate captain, was mainly guilty of merely being associated with me, false witness being brought against his good name.

My own guilt? Well, I’ll let others decide that, but I won’t stick around and wait for their decision. Oh, I suppose when I stand before the Pearly Gates, I’ll have a few things to answer for, but I’d rather have God judge me and my actions than be judged by the King’s ministers, who have not been all that kind in their treatment of my poor self. I do hope God will be more merciful than King George has proven to be.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    This was amazing!

    Wow! LA Meyer you have done it again! I love the bloody jack series and have been with it since the beginning.... the plot is rich and neverending. I love the strong female main character. This installment fits the bill neatly! It definetly has less action than some of the other jacky books but still great... LONG LIVE JACKY FABER!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    As always a great read

    Ahhh now to wait for the next book will she ever get a break. Not in this book. Now our saucy sailor girl has gotten herself pennieless and stranded in the east with only Ravi for company and all her dear friends think shes dead to boot. Oh well just another book for jacky faber.

    1 out of 1 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 March 3, 2014

    Pretty good. The ending was a little sad. A lot actually. But in

    Pretty good. The ending was a little sad. A lot actually. But interesting.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Last good one for awhile

    Here is the downfall of this series. Until Boston Jacky faithful readers will probably be disappointed with Jacky's adventures. A lot more reliance on Deus Ex Machina and not much planning and ingenuity like the earlier books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Great read

    Good insight to a flight attendants daily life, very funny.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    La

    Awesome series great book

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    ???????

    Should i get a book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Jaimy...?

    This book lived up to all of my expectations! Its a fantastic read and i would reccomend it to anyone! However, i'd say irs safe to say "team jared!" Now? Jaimy's a nutcase!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    True to form

    He has done it once again! I preordered the book assoon as i could and read it as soon as it became available. Jacky faber's adventures have never disappoited me and this was just as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    So Awesome!!!

    I absolutely can't wait, every book in this series is sooo awesome!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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