Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West [NOOK Book]

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The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky's carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved ...
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Overview

The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky's carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved Jaimy to be left in her wake?
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547505398
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventure Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 130,340
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 597 KB

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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Chapter 1
 
My name is spoken and the damning words are pronounced and I see the bayonets cross my chest, and all the fond hopes that were rising within that chest die. I am found out.
 
           I drop my seabag. Maybe I can make it over the side and into the water, I think desperately and lunge for the side, but then two hard, heavy hands grasp each of my upper arms and I am held fast and then pulled back from the gangway, back from Jaimy and all my friends, and back to what I know will be my doom.
 
           After my years of military service, it is my instinct to obey the authority vested in a British captain and yield myself up, but, No! Not this time, not with Jaimy not fifty feet away. No! No more Good Soldier Jacky, no more Obedient Midshipman Faber! I twist my head to the side, thinking to bite the hand that holds my right arm, and so be able to draw my shiv from its sheath hidden in my left sleeve, but it is all in vain—the marine senses my intention and pulls his hand out of range of my teeth by hauling my arm behind my back. Ow! Damn!
 
           I squeal and squall and struggle and squirm and curse them all to Hell and back, ten times over, and while I try to bring my heel up into the left marine’s crotch, he is too tall for that, and the two just hold me all the tighter. All I can do now is watch as this all plays out around me, and cry out in total frustration and rage. So close. Oh, Jaimy, so close . . .
 
           A stunned silence falls over the formerly festive crowd. What? What is going on? I dimly hear a parent say. Who? What? Piracy? I hear from another dumbfounded onlooker. She’s just a girl! Why are they holding her? How could—?
 
           Clarissa Howe, being the last one down the gangway, is the first to react to my arrest. She turns and charges back up, crying, “Like hell she is! Run, Jacky! Run!” and she launches herself at Captain Rutherford, as it was he who uttered those damning words.
 
           The crowd is now roaring its disapproval, and others come storming up the gangway.
 
           “Get her off me, dammit!” shouts the Captain, flailing his arms against Clarissa’s onslaught of fists, fingernails, and teeth.
 
           “Let her go, you!” snarls Clarissa, baring her teeth for an assault on Captain Rutherford’s defenseless nose. His nose, however, is spared that grisly fate as the arm of a burly Bo’sun’s Mate encircles her about the waist and hauls her to the rail.             “But what do I do with her, Sir?” bleats the obviously overmatched Bo’sun, as he endures a torrent of blows and curses from the struggling form he holds.
 
           “Throw her overboard, that’s what you do!” roars Captain Rutherford, outraged at this unlooked-for chaos on his holy quarterdeck. “And pull up the gangway!”
 
           Clarissa shrieks as she is tossed over the rail, a shriek that is cut short as she hits the water.
 
           If the sound of the splash as Clarissa Worthington Howe enters the chill waters of Boston Harbor gave the Captain any cheer, that cheer would have been quickly dampened by the grim sight of Chrissy, Rose, Hermione, and Minerva, who had wrested themselves from their parents’ joyous embraces to string their bows at Katy Deere’s command of “Dianas! To me!” and now followed her up the not-yet-pulled gangway, arrows nocked and looking for targets.
 
           I can see Katy’s eyes narrow as she sizes up the situation and pulls back and lets fly her arrow, which wings across the quarterdeck and thuds into the chest of the marine at my right hand. I expect him to drop my arm and fall to the deck, but he does not, for Katy’s aim was true, too true—it hit him directly in the middle of his chest where his two white leather belts cross on his breastbone. I doubt the arrow, which had a crude nail as an arrowhead, even pierced his skin. Even so, he stares down at the arrow in horror. I try to jerk free again, but his grip is still strong in spite of his amazement at the thing sticking out of his chest.
 
           Chrissy King pulls and aims and lets fly at Captain Rutherford’s neck, but her father, charging up the gangway, shouting, “Christina! Whatever are you doing?” manages to jostle her enough to spoil her aim, and her arrow buries itself in the mast a scant few inches from the Captain’s outraged face. I know that this is a man who has faced murderous cannon fire, cruel clouds of flying splinters, and the peppering of bullets from enemy sharpshooters, but I know also that he has faced nothing like this.
 
           “Cut the gangway!” he screams, and two men run up with knives and cut the ropes, sacrificing the Juno’s gangway to the riot. The gangway crashes down to the water, spilling the rest of the Dianas into the harbor and preventing any more arrows from being loosed in the direction of the Juno. Chrissy’s father, Mr. King, also joins his daughter and her friends in the muddy water.
 
           Pandemonium rules on the dock. The rest of my Sisters, denied access to the ship, grab fruit and other things from the vendors on the wharf and wing them toward the officers on the deck of the Juno, often with great effect. But not, however, on my two restraining marines, who continue to hold me in an iron grip. I try stomping on their feet, but though they grunt, they do not let go.
 
           “Arrest them!” shouts the Captain, rushing to the rail and shaking his fist at the crowd. “You, there! Constable! Do your duty,” he orders the confused Constable Wiggins, “or, by God, I’ll blockade this godforsaken harbor and starve you all to death!” The Captain then takes a well-thrown fish to his face and staggers back, his great dignity gone, and he is reduced to wiping the fish slime out of his eye and cursing the fact he ever picked up this pack of goddamned Amazons from the middle of the goddamned ocean.
 
           I see Wiggins furrow his brow over his piggy little eyes, and I know he is thinking: The female in question, that Jacky Faber: bad. Authority in the person of the British Captain: good. He nods, then blows his whistle, and he and his henchmen wade into the crowd, swinging their rods.
 
           “Get her below!” yells Captain Rutherford. “Put her in the brig! And keep watch on her. Yeow! Damn!” He ducks as another arrow whizzes by his head. It appears that not all of the Dianas went down with the gangway.
 
           I had seen Jaimy try to struggle up the gangway. Oh, Jaimy! Don’t! It won’t work! Go back! But with the crush of girls and parents, he could not gain the quarterdeck, and now with the gangway fallen, there is no hope of him boarding. Could I not have spoken to him, embraced him, been with him, if even for a moment? Oh, why am I denied even that? I slump down, defeated, in the hands of my captors, who begin to drag me to a hatchway.
 
           As I am pulled back from the rail, I lose sight of the people on the wharf, but I can see fish and vegetables and various animal parts continue to rain down on the formerly spotless deck, and I can hear the howls of rage and the curses that continue unabated from the crowd. A bucket arcs through the air and hits the deck, spilling bloody chicken heads across the booted toes of the still-lined-up officers. And above it all, there’s Wiggins, sounding like an enraged bull as he bellows orders to his men, who attempt to control the mob.
 
           One of the marines kicks open the hatch, and I am shoved toward the hole, but then I hear: “Release her or I’ll kill you where you stand!”
 
           I snap my head around and see that Jaimy has managed to get on deck and is facing Captain Rutherford. He must have crawled up Two Line, just like when he was a ship’s boy, and now he’s red in the face with fury and he is drawing his sword. No, Jaimy, don’t. There’s too many of them!
 
           Captain Rutherford puffs up, his face as angry and red as Jaimy’s, as he pulls his own sword and roars, “A boy dares come aboard my ship, dressed in the uniform of my service, and addresses me thus? I fear it shall be you, Sir, who is killed, not me!” I see him nod at officers who stand behind Jaimy, but Jaimy does not. A large man pins Jaimy’s arms to his sides before he can get his sword even halfway out of its scabbard.
 
           Jaimy sputters in helpless rage, “God damn you to Hell! Get them off me! Stand and fight me like a man!”

Copyright © 2007 by L. A. Meyer
 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Not for the age group that is listed

    I've been reading this series for quite some time, curiosity driving me on. The first four books I enjoyed tolerably well, but this one was so sensually explicit and foul that I couldn't read the whole thing. Don't let your kids read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    BEST BOOKS EVER - READ OR LIVE AN UNSATISFYING LIFE

    I love these books. I love them with every bit of my being, and I always will. I can't even begin to describe my feelings toward these books, and believe me, you don't want me to. Let's just say these are the best books ever L. A. Meyer and Jacky Faber are my heroes, and I am a hugely obsessive fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Wow~

    This one and the third one, Under the Jolly Roger, are my favorite from the series so far. It's a great book. I think Jacky shouldn't be such a big flirt. Poor Jaimy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Fun and Excitement for All Ages

    Mississippi Jack is the the latest in the Bloody Jack series and, in my opinion, is far and away the best so far. Jacky Faber finds herself floating down the Mississippi river- encountering many colorful and dangerous characters, and, (of course) getting into all kinds of trouble. If you liked any of the other Bloody Jack titles, I guarantee that you will LOVE this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Amazing!!!

    Absolutely wonderful!!! This book keeps you turning pages!!! Never really knowing what will hapen next, you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    a slower Jacky tale

    There were some fast-paced, adventure filled moments that I felt were true to the Bloody Jack line, but overall this installment in the series was a pretty slow read. This book just didn't feel like Meyer at his best with Jacky. Things are getting repetitive, and the Jacky/Jaimy chase is stiiiiiiill going and getting a little tired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2009

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    A wonder for my girls.

    An excellent addition to this wonderful series! Jacky is a wonderful character and my daughters just adore the tales of her adventures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Mississpi Jack

    Every book is a thrill to read and the adventures Jacky endures is one that you will never forget. After each turn of the page your dying to see what happens next, and if she will in fact one day re-unite with her one and only, Jaimy. This is the type of story you think about, wondering what it would be like to have a life such as hers. It has great plot twists that will make you want to keep on reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2009

    AWWWWMAZING! LOVE IT!

    This book is not amazing it is awwwwwmazing! I think it is 10 thumbs up! In this story Jacky Faber is on the ship of Captain Rutherford with her friends. When the ship goes to port, all of the girls travling with Jacky are let off in the U.S., where there friends and family await them, including Jacky's true love Leuitent James Emerson Fletcher of the Royal Navy, except Jacky who is a pirate wanted for crimes against the crown when Captain Rutherford tries to take Jacky back to england where he can collect the reward. Jacky's friends try there best to help Jacky escape off the boat. What will happen to Jacky? In this story Jacky has many adventures within her adventure. She has many battles, creates many friends, and enemiesas well. I recoomed this book to anyone that loves a good romance adventure or comedy book. Also, this is a good summer read!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Jacky Faber is the Belle of the Golden West

    There is never a dull moment when Jacky is around. This time she leaves her mark in America. With old and new friends by her side Jacky takes us on an adventure that only she could find herself in. I recommend this book to any Jacky Faber fan and I recommend this series to anyone who craves adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

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    He stands in front of me, lifts the pistol and points it at my face. "You did not have the stomach to pull the trigger. You will now find that I, in fact do." He pulls the trigger...

    This one seemed to be more for older teens and had a lot of interesting characters. We have Jacky being taken aboard a ship after being found out as a wanted fugitive. Later Jacky travels on a boat with Higgins and Jim not knowing that Jaimy is following her. During her travels she meets old and new friends all the while trying to get to New Orleans and of course hoping no one will recognize her as a wanted Pirate. Overall read it to know what happens. L.A. Meyer you are one of my favorite authors!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    When confronted for piracy, Jacky once again escapes. This time, she sets sail down the Mississippi River, with Jaimy chasing after her. This book is filled with the crazy adventures we've come to love. Jacky makes all sorts of new friends - and enemies. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though it is not my favorite in the series. It is still an astounding read. However, the many, many new characters being introduced turned me off a bit. It seemed to get a little complicated. But the story is fantastic, as always. Definitely going to reread it as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    Once again Jacky keeps us on the edge of our seat

    Truly this is a great read that should appeal to girls as well as boys, teens to seniors. Lovers of historical fiction will note that the perils Jacky faces were quite real to the time period violence brought about by greed, streets paved more by treachery then gold. This time especially Meyer's has outdone himself with characters that make us cringe or perhaps laugh out loud each time they walk, or stagger, across the page. They are all there, the river men and women of the time, all races, all walks of life, all brought to us through the eyes of a young woman who has had to live by her wits, dreaming her dreams, while facing each day with courage and determination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Mississippi Jack

    I personaly do not admire the setting of the story, but it was a good twist. The new characters really brought a new life to the book. Jacky never stops amazing me at how she can get out of almost everything, and my amazement kept going in this addition to the series. I am on the edge to get the next book. I hope Jacky's next adventure comes out soon, so I and any one else who enjoys these books, can see Jack-o's next predicament.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Another FANTASTIC book: Jacky just gets better and better!

    This is the latest book in L.A. Meyer's terrific series of novels telling the adventures of Jacky Faber. You can read the synopsis on this site to learn about the plot, so I won't waste your time telling you about it. What I will say is that I loved this book. Just like in the other books in the series, L.A. Meyer creates the perfect recipe for a great read: Start with great characters, add a compelling adventure story, and then toss in some good laughs and a dose of history 'without making you feel like you're getting a history lesson'. There's no boring parts the book flows as fast as the Mississippi after a torrential rainstorm. If you haven't read any of the Jacky books, I'd recommend that you start with the first one: Bloody Jack: Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures Of Mary Jacky Faber. I guarantee you'll be hooked: You'll finish it quickly, and soon you'll be reading the next, then the next, then the next... By the time you've enjoyed all five of the books, Meyer will be out with a new one, I'm sure. And I'll grab it just as soon as it comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    If There is One Book that you Buy in 2007...make it Mississippi Jack

    After reading Mississippi Jack one word comes to my mind ¿ Wow! I¿ve read all four books in the Bloody Jack series, and Jacky¿s most recent adventure through the U.S. in Mississippi Jack, is by far my favorite out of the five. From the start of the book, up until the last page, Jacky finds herself in peril, as she always does, and again in the hunt to find her true love, Jamey Fletcher, and in many cases to simply stay alive and afloat while sailing down the mighty Mississippi River. As an avid fiction reader, and a middle school language arts teacher, I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that loves a good adventure. Along with the adventure and peril, Meyer mixes in the perfect amount humor and romance throughout the story¿s plot. Fans of the other four Bloody Jack books will not be disappointed with Jacky¿s latest adventure. Along with the usual main characters, Meyer introduces you to many new characters that you quickly begin to fall in love with as if you had been reading about them since the first Bloody Jack book. Meyer also includes some surprising characters from the past that connects with this novel so cunningly, it will shock you. If there is only one book that you buy a friend or loved one this year for the holidays, it has to be this one. It¿s a must read for the entire family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Meyer Has Done It Again!

    I love this book and series! I think the only thing that kept me from crying at the thought of the series ending was the words at the back of the book 'And Jacky's legions of fans can take heart knowing that her glorious adventures are not over yet...' It really brightened my day when I saw this book at Barns&Noble. The ending is the absolute best! I never thought I could get into historical fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Absolutely Love Jacky!

    I absolutely love Jacky Faber and her books ,and although I haven't read Mississippi Jack yet I have faith that its just as good if not better than the last one. Great job L.A. Meyer!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    The best yet

    Jacky Faber is the best heroine around. Sassy and sexy. Starts some fights and ends them all all. Reading history is fun...this book being an especially good example of such. I got excited about history as a child reading the 'Elsie Dinsmore' and 'Little Maid' series. I would have been even more excited -- and learned as much and probably more -- had I read the 'Bloody Jack' series way back when.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    I Love the Bloody Jack Series

    I can't wait to get my hands on this book, LA meyer is a very talented author who knows how to pull in his readers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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