Blooding of Jack Absolute: A Novel

Blooding of Jack Absolute: A Novel

by C.C. Humphreys
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Blooding Of Jack Absolute 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
iambubby More than 1 year ago
As a fan of historical fiction, this is a perspective I've rarely seen. I "Absolute-ly" loved it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With his parents away most of the time, as his mother the actress accompanies his father the soldier on his campaigns, his Uncle Duncan raises Jack Absolute. In an odd way Uncle Duncan cares for the boy especially when he is sober, but he spends much of his waking hours drunk. So Duncan¿s son abusive Craster plans to watch over the lad with an iron fist.------------ When Duncan suddenly dies, Jack joins his parents in London. However, Jack gets into deep trouble when Lord Melbury catches him sleeping with the aristocrat¿s mistress. Taking this as a worse insult than if the youngster slept with his wife, Melbury demands satisfaction with Jack's father. Melbury dies in the duel, but Jack knows he must leave town to avoid vengeance or recrimination. Thus he enlists joining General Burgoyne's Light Dragoons deploying to the New World in the war with the French. After the Battle of Quebec, Jack¿s escapades turn nastier as Indians allied to the French abduct him and leave him to die in the wintry wilderness. Jack struggles to survive with his goal to return to England.----------- Jack is at his swaggering best in this terrific prequel (see JACK ABSOLUTE). His escapades on both sides of the Anglo pond are entertaining as he blusters his way in and out of trouble like a youthful Errol Flynn. Historical thriller readers will appreciate his blooding entry into the world if action and adventure.------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy these Jack Absolute books but am also working my way through all of the author's books. I find them well written and very entertaining. ~*~LEB~*~
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The Blooding of Jack Absolute is a the prequel to C.C. Humphrey's book, Jack Absolute and the second book in the series. Humphrey's played the character of Jack Absolute in Sheridan's play, The Rivals in the 1980's and fell in love with him. This series chronicles the adventures of Jack Absolute, a man that ladies love, men respect and trouble follows. In this installment of the series, readers learn about Jack's childhood, how he became a spy and how he ended up with Ate, his Indian sidekick. A great adventure story in the wilds of North America, as well as, a tale about the perils of war.  C.C. Humphreys has created such a wonderful character in Jack Absolute. Jack is one of those over-the-top characters that readers are just drawn to. Humphreys portrays him as just about 'perfect in every way'. He is strong and courageous, serving his country and leading himself to success and heroism. But how did such a man become who he was? The Blooding of Jack Absolute takes readers back in time to Cornwall in the late 1700's, where Jack is living a less than perfect life, in the care of his drunken uncle, Duncan and abusive cousin, Craster. Readers get to see Jack as a child, forced to survive the rigors of growing up in an abusive situation. It lends a lot to how he became so persistent and reckless.  A large part of the book details Jack's adventures at Westminster school in London, where he gets an education in more than reading and math. His pursuits include, drinking, gambling and wenching. Which eventually gets him in trouble when he is caught with the mistress of a Lord and must escape England or face the consequences. Humphreys does a fantastic job of showing Jack's reckless personality. He isn't afraid of doing or trying anything. He believes he can survive no matter the circumstances. His time in North America is certainly a testament to his versatility and perseverance. I liked the fact that Humphreys shows the reader again and again, how Jack thinks, what his motivations are and where his heart is.  I learned a lot about survival and the skills of the Native Americans in this novel. As Jack is forced to survive a long winter in seclusion with a Indian we later find out, is his trusted sidekick, Ate. Humphrey's goes into detail about the survival techniques that Ate employs to help Jack and about their relationship. I liked the fact that we get to see how they met and what drove them to the friendship they eventually have. It was a great look back into just how Jack became the man he was. Jack is in America during the French and Indian War. It was a desperate time and the battle scenes that Humphrey's depicts in this tale are accurate and well written. It is obvious that Humphrey's has done his research for this one and gives the reader a glimpse into the kind of brutality and ruthlessness that goes on in war times. I thought his descriptions, though very graphic were a necessary part of the book for readers to see what this character goes through. Overall this is a great adventure story. Fans of Jack Absolute will love learning more about him as a boy and how he became the hero. I found it interesting from a military perspective and from a historical viewpoint. A very enjoyable book!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE BROODING OF JACK ABSOLUTE by C.C. Humphreys is an exciting Historical Fiction. Prequel to "Jack Absolute". James Bond meet Jack Absolute of the American Revolution. Author C.C. Humphreys has created a combination of historical detail with a real-life hero in Jack Absolute. Filled with interesting plots, a bit of violence, imminent death, swordplay,adventure, mixed with a bit of romance and intriguing characters. Jack is transformed from a dashing, rambunctious, dreamer to a bigger than life hero all while trying to stay alive. Jack MUST learn to kill, among hostile Indians, rivalries, and the brutal land of North America during the French and Indian War if he intends to survive. A great tale of sacrifice, and learning to be a man could never be harder,especially in a New World far from his England home. If you enjoy history, war, and a grand adventure than, "The Brooding of Jack Absolute" is the story for you to read. I can hardly wait to see what Jack gets into next. A daring story from beginning to end. Fast paced! Well written! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
Well-written action-packed historical fiction. I hadn't read any of the other books in the series before I read this book but I was intrigued by the blurb so I requested a free advanced copy from NetGalley. Then, I bought the second book in the series because I enjoyed this one so much. The problem with a prequel is that there's no real threat - you know who survives because of the next book, but there's enough action here to not make that an issue. There may be panic-triggers for some women in this book. Wannabe-Men have made me afraid of men, but it's Real-Men who keep reminding me that not every guy is a Wannabe. Jack, despite his youth, acts like he will be a Real-Man when he grows up.