Jack Absolute : The 007 of the 1770s
In 1777, Jack Absolute is famous...as the dashing lover in Sheridan's famous comedy "The Rivals". However, this notoriety comes as something of a shock to the 'real' Jack Absolute when he disembarks at Portsmouth after four months at sea, and seven years in India...Thus we meet the dashing Mister Absolute - rogue, duellist, charmer and Captain in the Light Dragoons. He is everything that Sharpe is not, he is both the epitome of the English gentleman and his nemesis. He leaves behind him a trail of cuckolded husbands, excited lovers and dead bodies...In the War of Independence, Jack has to leave London in a hurry after a duel goes hideously wrong. But he soon finds himself in a fight for his life in the colonies.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 146 x 214 x 34mm | 498.96g
- 15 Jan 2004
- Orion Publishing Co
- London, United Kingdom
'Jack Absolute has been appropriated by CC Humphreys to become the star of this tale of action and intrigue... It's a neat trick, and one that Humphreys pulls off with aplomb... The author's eye for historical details is impeccable and there are several poignant subtexts, but he never lets his leading man take himself too seriously. In fact Humphreys previous form as an actor has certainly influenced his style as a writer, giving this entertaining romp the air of a true Hollywood blockbuster.' INK 'Jack escapes death more often than James Bond in his attempt to find the traitor in the King's ranks. There is some authentic historical detail in Jack Absolute as the background to an exciting romp.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Vigorously imagined, dashingly done espionage adventure with newly retired military man, Jack Absolute... New territory for spy fiction, but utterly convincing in its period and ethnic detail. Few comparisons unless you go back to Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans. Quite bloody, thoroughly gripping, intensely readable.' LITERARY REVIEW 'A winning work that traverses a refreshingly unhackneyed area.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'CC Humphreys is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading historical storytellers. His skill, that of creating a fictional narrative based upon actual history, is second to none... the vivid descriptions of the Revolutionary battles and skirmishes are extremely well written and rise above the normally turgid prose of most historians. . The story is fast paced and provoking, and weaves an intriguing web of deceit. I recommend this novel highly.' DISABILITY TIMES 'Humphreys has turned a penchant for swashbuckling into writing historical fiction. ****' WESTERN DAILY PRESS 'This mid-priced demy hardback should look very attractive and do very well.' PUBLISHING NEWS
About C. C. Humphreys
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third-generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, 'A Cage Without Bars' which was produced in Vancouver and London. He was a schoolboy fencing champion, became a fight choreographer and thus turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in Finchley, North London.