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London 1759 and Jack's life is easy. A scholar at Westminster School, a master with cricket bat or billiard cue, the leader of a gang of bucks about the Town, he has both a girl he worships...and a courtesan teaching him the more basic arts of love. Yet he plans to give up all carousing, sit the examinations for Cambridge, find a career in any field he chooses. If he can just stay out of trouble for one night...
From the billiard halls and brothels of London to a clash of Empires on the Plains of Abraham, Jack life is forever altered by the tragedies of that night. Through duels, battles, frantic escapes and a brutal winter spent in a cave in Canada, Jack learns the truth of his father's words...as well as a dozen things to do with a dead bear. A year on, the schoolboy will vanish, a man appear. But first he must learn to kill. To come of age, Jack Absolute must be blooded.
The Blooding Of Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
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