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Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack Adventures) Hardcover – September 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventures (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152065016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152065010
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7–9—High-spirited Jacky Faber is back. It's 1806 and she is finally set to marry her true love, Jaimy Fletcher. However, on the very day of the wedding she is taken into the custody of the British Royal Navy and forced to help find a lost treasure onboard a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of the Florida Keys. This involves exploring the shipwreck in a diving bell. Pirates and various other shady characters get wind of the plan and are determined to claim the treasure for themselves. Jacky and her crew also take time to explore the exotic port of Havana, where she performs in a nightclub and engages in cock fighting. As with other entries in this series, this one has plenty of action and adventure. Jacky is 16 going on 36 and possesses astounding and varied skills. She can captain a ship and crew, swim and dive expertly, and perform surgery. She taunts and teases every man she meets and seems not to care about running around naked or half-naked in front of them. There is much sexual innuendo and an attempted rape scene. The secondary characters seem to be little more than cardboard cutouts, especially the pirates. Fans of the series will eat this title up, but for a better-drawn heroine in a historical adventure, try Jennifer Holm's excellent "Boston Jane" series (HarperCollins).—Kristen Oravec, Flint Hill Middle School, Oakton, VA
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"Fans of the series will eat this title up." --School Library Journal

“Meyer weaves details of 19th-century history, lore, and ballads into a fast-paced and often amusing swashbuckler. Fans of the Bloody Jack Adventure series will relish the latest escapades of this high-spirited and decidedly unconventional heroine.” —Booklist

“The author has done his homework, weaving many painless history lessons into the book. With its strong female character, fast pace, and fine writing, this will be a book difficult for the young adult reader to put down and one that will leave the reader craving the next title.” —Children's Literature

“Fans who have read the previous titles in the series will be treated to a fresh escapade and familiar characters but the story can stand alone for new readers. This will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, strong female heroines, adventure, and pirates.” —VOYA


More About the Author

L. A. MEYER is the author of Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy. He also has been a designer and an art teacher, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery near his home in Corea, Maine.

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Another thing I really like about this series is it's well written.
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I have only just started reading Rapture in the Deep but, once again, the beginning is enough to get me excited!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sinsontl on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really, really wanted to love this book. I pre-ordered it months in advance and sat down determined to finish it in one sitting, only to periodically close the book, stare off into space in disbelief, and finally articulate: "What?"

What struck me at once was the almost total lack of the energy that crackled through the previous books. There are virtually no stakes: the ruthless British intelligence agents who lent such an air of menace in "My Bonny Light Horseman" (and who were the unfortunate targets of Jacky's spectacular verbal and physical smackdown in the previous book) are reduced to nothing more than slightly-annoying cameos that seem to exist solely as a plot device to ensure that Jacky's wedding is once again postponed. The Spanish naval officers and assorted Bad Pirates (as opposed to the designated Good Pirates who also play a role) are so underdeveloped as to be completely nonthreatening, and alligators, eels, and the bends do not frightening dangers make. The villains and dangerous situations that so tested Jacky's courage and cunning in earlier books are totally absent, and the remaining plot is so generic that at one point I found myself wanting to watch a more entertaining documentary on the same subject. The storytelling principle that Meyer has lost sight of is this: If there is no worthy antagonist, then what makes your heroine so special?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Book Scout on September 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow, if you haven't read this series before- you need to! It's amazing. L.A. Meyer is a fantastic writer and he brings his characters to life. I've read each book in this series about three times each and I know this one will be read again and again as well. I've gotten both my family and friends hooked on this series and now I can't wait for the next one to come out! Jacky is realistic, funny, loving, caring, and an all together fabulous main character. I've learned so much about the 1800s from reading this series. Another thing I really like about this series is it's well written. Meyer is an amazing writer and his books are just terrific. When reading I always feel like I'm right there alongside the characters and experiencing everything they are. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's read the rest of the series and for people who haven't, definitely go check out Bloody Jack today!

* May contain spoilers for people who haven't read the rest of the series*

I knew it was too good to be true when reading the prologue that Jaimy and Jacky were actually going to be married. Of course it wasn't going to happen. Jacky was whisked away on another mission for England and this time ventured down to Key West with the other jolly members of the Nancy B. Jaimy and the Dolphin crew weren't far behind, but a lot of Jacky's past lovers also happened to be there- Richard Allen, Flaco Jimenez.. and some of her enemies too- Flashby. Rapture of the Deep took place in a setting none of the other books have ever taken place in and I enjoyed reading about Jacky's adventures as a diver- I knew her swimming would pay off! I really like little Joannie and she reminds of Jacky when she was younger.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z. Shaw on February 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Though I do enjoy the book series, the plot of each book is WAY to predictable. Something good happens in her life, she gets kidnapped, she miraculously escapes and the whole process begins again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady J on September 22, 2010
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A rip roaring good read. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt as if i was part of Jacky's adventures. When I read the part of the alligator attack, I screamed out loud, I was in a public place and received some pretty amazing looks from the people around me. I pointed to the book and told them,"You HAVE to read this". Read all of the books in the series so you can get to know Jacky and her loves, crew, friends and enemies. Any fan of the "Bloody Jack" series, will want to read this. I can't wait ot read the next in the series. Mr Mayer is a "Great" storyteller. I hope he continues with the series.
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A very good read. Fun !! I saw the "Keys" in a whole different light Would love to dive there to see the under side of the area having been to the Keys many times.
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By J. Donoughe on April 18, 2014
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I the book well written. filled with historical flashes that made it more interesting and a good read. Loved it
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If you have come this far you are hooked. The details are great. There are heart stoppers all over the place. That @$%#@%@ Flashby shows up. Will somebody kindly murder that pultroon!
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By Tina Meyer on August 14, 2013
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This is one of my most favorite Jacky Faber books. I love all the adventures. Jacky is always 10 steps ahead of everyone else.
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