Louis A. Meyer – Mississippi Jack
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.