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Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack Adventures) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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Jacky Faber romps through another set of adventures when she returns to Boston and to the deck of the Nancy B. Alsop. Many, many characters from previous books make appearances here, but none is more notable than Jacky’s long-lost love, Jaimy, so heavily disguised that she doesn’t recognize him. Since fans of the Bloody Jack Adventure series know better than to hope for a conventional, romantic ending, they’ll enjoy the plot twist Meyer delivers in its place. The large cast of characters results in a panoramic view rather than a sharply focused drama, but look for Jacky at the focal point of every scene. Grades 8-10. --Carolyn Phelan
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I look forward to your next adventure Jacky!
Though I had little hope this book would offer a resolution to the most star crossed relationship in literary history, I did hope for a somewhat light romp of an adventure in Jacky Faber's adopted hometown of Boston. Instead I got another wallow fest in misery, degradation, and betrayal for the title character, somewhat like the similar wallow fest in "The Wake of the Lorelei Lee", but with two important differences. The first is the placement. In the earlier book the depressing degradation is mostly at the beginning of the book, allowing for a happy ending; in this book it is mostly at the end, making for a truly unhappy ending. The second is the source. In the earlier book her enemies are the ones doing this to her; in this book too many of the ones doing this to her are her friends or at least people she's done a lot of good for. (Jacky has a lot of faults, but stinginess in sharing her help and her good fortune with her companions is not one of them.) Even long suffering Jaimy Fletcher, who Lord knows had reasons enough to swear off Jacky for good several books ago, ends up doing so (Any bets on how permanently?) in this book due to trickery and treachery, and, it must be added, with a good deal of hypocrisy considering his own past conduct.
I'm absolutely confident author L. A. Meyers will get everything back to normal in the next book, but I'm tired of what passes for normal in a Jacky Faber book, and I've only read four: The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay,The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West,Viva Jacquelina!: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away, and Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business.
I'm tired of Jacky being faithful to Jaimy in her fashion by doing everything short of sex with every good looking male she encounters. I'm tired of Jaimy being insanely jealous when his own conduct does not give him any right to. I'm tired of the increasingly contrived machinations that keep these two apart while never quite convincing them to give up on each other. I'm tired of villains who return book after book. I'm tired of suitors who never give up. I'm tired of trust given and betrayed and given again and betrayed again. And even though as far as I know she's only been at it for two books now, I'm tired of Jacky Faber's all purpose non-lethal method of dealing with bad guys being to trick them into ingesting opium or hallucinogenic mushrooms and thus getting them uncontrollably randy and naked in prudish public.
Most of all I am tired of reading a new Jacky Faber book and feeling I've read it before.