Book Review - Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

by Aarene Storms, Richmond Beach Library
On the very morning of her wedding to Jaime Fletcher, intrepid Jacky Faber is grabbed by British Naval Intelligence once again and given a new assignment: to locate a sunken Spanish treasure ship and retrieve the gold therein to bolster British coffers which have been depleted in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. Disguised as sponge divers on a scientific exploration mission, Jacky and her faithful crew are accompanied by characters returning from earlier Bloody Jack books, including the noble Captain Hannibal Hudson, the handsome Lord Richard Allan, the lowlife-slimeball Lieutenant Flashby, and--at last--Jacky's own beloved Jaime. They are joined by a full cast of new characters as well, including pirates, barkeeps, cockfighters, orphans and treacherous Spanish sailors.
Action, adventure, brawling, singing, dancing, swimming and shooting.

Bloody Jack fans, rejoice!
This series is recommended for readers--and listeners-ages 8 to adult.

The story contains some minor cussing (in English and Spanish), and some bloodshed (including post-battle medical scenes) and some very tactful sexual references, none of which should alarm any but the most fainthearted of readers.

Audiobooks from this series narrated by Katherine Kellgren, including Bloody Jack and Curse of the Blue Tattoo, have collected some of the most prestigious awards available for audiobook recordings. I eagerly await the release of the audio of Rapture of the Deep, which I fully expect will live up to the high expectations set by earlier offerings.


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