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Louis A. Meyer – Mississippi Jack

October 21, 2007

105. Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West by Louis A. Meyer (2007)
Bloody Jack, Book 5

Length: 624 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Started: 16 October 2007
Finished: 21 October 2007

Summary: The notorious Jacky Faber, fresh from rescuing her classmates from the slaver ship Bloodhound, is taken into British custody to be tried for piracy. But no one has ever been able to hold Jacky in captivity for long, and soon she is out in the wilds of America, making her way to New Orleans via riverboat, facing danger from enemies old and new, with Jaimy, her fianceé, following her trail a few days behind.

Review: Rollicking good fun. Jacky is a fun narrator, even though she occasionally gets a little repetitive, and her adventures roll along at a good clip. This book felt a little long, and could have lost one or two of the adventures to tighten it up a bit, although there wasn’t one particular part that I thought absolutely needed to go. Also, in the beginning, chapters from Jaimy’s point of view are fairly frequent, but they disappear altogether at about the halfway point, which probably makes the story more exciting – Jaimy’s better as a foil for Jacky than as a character in his own right – but also made the story feel a little unbalanced. This book would also probably have benefitted from rereading the first four recently – it’s been a while since I’ve read them, and quite a few minor characters from the first ones resurface in this. These are all mostly quibbles, though… I read Bloody Jack books for some escapist pirate-y adventure with a sassy narrator, and they deliver that in fine form. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Not at all serious reading, but good solid fun. If you’ve read the other Bloody Jack books, this one is a worthy sequel, and if you haven’t, don’t start here – it might be enjoyable on its own merits but it’s much more so knowing Jacky’s history.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon B. permalink
    February 12, 2008 3:18 pm

    This is an amazing book, but don’t start any where but from the beginning, Bloody Jack. The whole series is wonderful and is worth reading.

  2. Emily Cochran-Stiff permalink
    June 22, 2008 7:33 pm

    I am the biggest Jacky (Mary) Faber fan, that you could ever meet. I’d love to be her, despite the fact that she rarely sees Jaimy, (and when she does in book 5 she is in the arms of another man) I am in love with the series, and can’t wait till the 6th book comes out…and i am glad to hear that their will be a 7th book too!!

  3. Bethany permalink
    June 23, 2008 12:31 pm

    i loved the books!! can does anyone know where a young writer can send a taster of a new book to? it’s so hard to find publishers for young people. i’m in the middle of writin a book now but need to now if there is any point in me going further…

  4. Tessa permalink
    July 6, 2008 7:58 pm

    I truly think that if I could any person I would choose Jacky Faber. She’s sassy yet sweet and the way she nararates and often goes back to her cockney way o speak’n is so much fun. I LOVE JACKY MARY FABER. I adore the books and sorry Emily but I am the biggest Jacky Faber fan! Thank you very much ya landlubber you :) just kidd’n mate:) I think anyone who reads the series loves her as much as you do but no one loves her as much as i do:) ahh well thats just the cockney from jack-er-o thats gettn in the way of my kindness:) well if you must know I have to go so ta ta but just like Jacky I’m like a bad penny, I have a way of popping up again. If I was Jacky I think you, Emily, would be Clarissa Worthington Howe Huhhh Self ohhhh muh muh muh ah Emily its all in good fun

  5. miki permalink
    November 26, 2008 3:52 am

    How dare that review bag out the books! They need 2 be LONGER!!!!
    I love them so much, and i think they are quite serious at times. I love them way 2 much for my own good!

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