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The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack Adventures) Paperback – April 17, 2012
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In the Bloody Jack Adventure series’ eighth book, Jacky arrives in London full of hope but soon finds herself convicted of piracy and sent on a women’s prison ship bound for the penal colony in Australia. Meanwhile, her longtime betrothed, Jaimy, plots a mutiny aboard a ship bearing male convicts to the same destination. Jacky shows some of the cultural insensitivity of her times when she briefly explores India, but Meyer knows how to spin an exciting yarn, particularly on the high seas. Fans will enjoy watching this irrepressible and decidedly uninhibited heroine make the best of yet another seemingly hopeless predicament. Grades 8-11. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"[Jacky] uses her wit, beauty, charm, and numerous skills to wiggle herself out of yet another fine mess. . . . Easy to read and entertaining."—VOYA"Meyer knows how to spin an exciting yarn, particularly on the high seas. Fans will enjoy watching this irrepressible and decidedly uninhibited heroine make the best of yet another seemingly hopeless predicament."—Booklist
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The things that were bothering me the most in the book as far as unbelievable-ness goes (I know, that's not a word) were explained in the back of the book by the author as being historically accurate. Quite cool.
What is it about Jacky? Mostly incredibly unbelievable, I still want more of her. She's spunky, courageous, daring, nutty, sexy, and fun. Who else could wear a bathing suit, or smuggle a stolen diving bell, or remain a virgin in ships full of sailors and pirates?
In this book we find Jacky a prisoner on a ship bound for Australia. (Not a nice thing.) She's put in contact with many of her old acquaintances, some nice some not. She also meets some new "friends" such as the crazy Chinese pirate queen... (ahem.) I thought for sure she and Jaimy would tie the knot in this book, but it looks like there are more adventures to come. Stormy seas ahead, Jacky!
I'm waiting for the blow while the Chief Justice is conferring with the other judges on that bench.
"...but in consideration of the service you have heretofore rendered the Crown, and to avoid the surely endless appeals to keep you from the hanging you so richly deserve, it is the order of this court that you are sentenced to Transportation for Life at the penal colony in Australia. You are to be remanded to the Hulks on the Thames to await transport to New South Wales."
He brings his scepter down.
"Take her away."
I almost swoon as I realize...I am not to hang. (And so Jacky Faber begins yet another terrific, white-knuckled series of page turning adventures. pp. 80-81)
Once again, others have beaten me to the punch and told us about the plot of this, the 8th book in the Bloody Jack series, so I won't add any more. One reviewer, though, was put off by the alternating chapters between Jacky and Jaimy, the love of her life. I rather enjoyed reading about the wild adventures of both J and J. Mr. Meyer gives us a better picture of Jaimy and develops him more as a main character.
At any rate, Jacky finds herself bloodied by two scoundrels, which were introduced earlier in the series, sent to the infamous Newgate Prison before her trial, and then, through many harrowing experiences along the way to Australia dealing with neer-do-wells and Chinese pirates, she...Well, I promised not to spoil this, in my opinion, one of the best Bloody Jack books in the series.
O...While Jacky still enjoys flirting shamelessly, she also matures sexually, so I recommend this book to older YA fiction readers. 5 STARS
Jacky is as likable and entertaining as ever and the new characters in this book being generally good and a mix of the historical and fictional references fans have come to expect.
Any complaints on my part would be too much Higgins, too little of the Lawson Peabody school cast. The books have grown up a bit and this one doesn't shy away from subjects of prostitution, racism and another few taboos. Nothing that should upset a teenager.