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

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

by L. A. Meyer


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ISBN-13: 9780544003286
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Bloody Jack Adventure Series , #9
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 297,624
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

L. A. Meyer is the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventures, praised for engaging characters and vivid historical detail. This rollicking series follows the exploits of a spirited heroine who climbs from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. L. A. Meyer lives on the coast of Maine. Visit his website at

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"This resilient and exuberant heroine deserves a stamp of approval."-Kirkus, 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

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Mark of the Golden Dragon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
marzipan-poet More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite of mine. And I belive always will be. Can't wait!!
booklover3NC More than 1 year ago
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing 9 hours ago
Summary: Jacky Faber's friends and shipmates all think she's dead, but even being washed overboard during a typhoon won't keep Jacky down for long. She's soon braved tigers and kidnappers and made her way to the busy city of Rangoon. But Jaimy has taken her death quite hard, and has returned to England, swearing bloody vengence on the two men he feels are responsible for Jacky's transportation to Australia. Jacky follows him back to England, and despite being a wanted criminal herself, manages to inveigle her way into all sorts of society yet again. But will she be in time to save Jaimy from himself?Review: On the one hand, the Jacky Faber novels are fun, quick reads, with plenty of action and adventure and sailing ships and a supremely sassy narrator. On the other hand, this is the ninth book in the series, and the charm is starting to wear a little thin. They're a little repetitive and formulaic at times, although that's not really what bothers me. (In fact, the fact that they're a little formulaic makes them perfect for times when I need a fast, fun read that's solidly enjoyable and is not going to tax my brain too much.) And I did enjoy The Mark of the Golden Dragon well enough; it's fast, funny, and full of action, just as expected (although sadly, not much naval action post-typhoon. I always like the books where Jacky's on a boat much better than the ones where Jacky's mostly on land.) I think the main reason that this book didn't quite charm me the way previous installments did is that the books aren't maturing along with their heroine... and, more to the point, while Jacky's aging, she doesn't seem to be maturing much either. She's much the same as she was in the early books in the series, but behavior that was brash and reckless and charming on a fourteen-year-old reads as brash and reckless and obnoxious on a twenty-something-year-old. I'm not sure what the solution is, since Meyer isn't upping the reading level of the books as he goes, and there wouldn't be much of a series if Jacky settled down and acted her age. Maybe the solution is that the next time I need a fun naval adventure story, I should just start the series over again instead of waiting for a new installment. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: The series as a whole, particularly the first four books, is great, and should be read by anyone who likes the Age of Sail and spunky narrators. The Mark of the Golden Dragon is not the best in the series, but is fun enough to make for an entertaining afternoon's read.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 9 hours ago
Highly enjoyable addition to the Bloody Jack canon. On her way back to England, Jacky is washed overboard with Ravi off the coast of Burma. They make their way up to Rangoon, encounter a Chinese Businessman, find Jacky's ship, and head back to England to negotiate Jacky's pardon. As usual, a lot of the story is far-fetched, but that is what makes Jacky fun. The narration of the audio was excellent, as always.
susiesharp on LibraryThing 9 hours ago
A review in which I contradict myself! Once again our Jacky & Jamie have parted ways and Jackie is once again thought to be dead and this sends Jamie over the edge, the edge of sanity that is, can Jacky find him in time to help him out of madness? Once again Jacky finds her way out of some close scrapes and once again Higgins and her good brothers from the dolphin find her in the middle of nowhere and rescue her.I love this series but as you can see in my first paragraph there is a lot of ¿once agains¿ in this book and as much as I love Jacky and her story, it is starting to get a bit repetitive¿Jacky & Jamie are together now they are apart Jacky gets a bind and comes up with an outrageous scheme that of course works and no matter where in the world she is she runs into people she knows. I must admit to wanting some kind of conclusion I¿d hate to see this great series run into the ground and think it may be time for LA Meyer to wrap up the Jacky Faber Adventure. Plus this series won¿t end really because this will become a go to series when I want to escape into Jacky¿s world and I think I will listen to these audiobooks many times over.These problems aside it is still an enjoyable series especially on audio narrated by the wonderful Katherine Kellgren who is and always will be the voice of Jacky Faber for me. Oh but Mr. Meyer you got me with the ending now I want the next book immediately repeat yourself all you want sir just bring me more Jacky Now!!!Oh just read this great series and decide for yourself I will be over here waiting for the next installment.4 Stars
foggidawn on LibraryThing 9 hours ago
The future looks bright for Jacky and her beloved Jaimy -- against all odds, they are free, reunited, and on their way back to Boston . . . when Jacky is swept overboard in a typhoon. Her faithful crew (and a distraught Jaimy) search the surrounding area for Jacky or her remains, but eventually give up and head back to British waters. Jaimy, pushed to the brink of insanity over the loss of his girl, swears vengeance on Bliffil and Flashby, the villains he holds responsible for Jacky's exile and subsequent demise.Of course, a little thing like a typhoon couldn't actually kill the indomitable Jacky Faber. She and Ravi, her young Indian ward, wash up on the Burmese coast and begin making their way back to civilization. This involves some fighting, some singing, some sailing, a bit of piracy, and some very smooth talking -- all things that Jacky excels at. Will she be able to get back to England in time to save Jaimy from himself . . . or will she be distracted by the charms of various pretty young men along the way?Full of fun, adventure, and excitement, this book is just as delightfully over-the-top as its predecessors. Jacky's fans will not be disappointed! (Readers new to the series, of course, should start with Bloody Jack -- they won't be disappointed, either!)
JetJon More than 1 year ago
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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Good insight to a flight attendants daily life, very funny.
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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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Awesome series great book
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AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This adventure begins with the death of Jacky 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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