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Absolute Honour

Author: C.C. Humphreys
Originally Published: 2006
Edition Courtney Read Published: 2007
Publisher: McArthur & Company
Source: Rachel gave it to me

The Story

From the back of the book:

Blooded on the battlefields of Canada, fresh from a winter spent with a voluptuous widow, Jack Absolute has every reason to feel good. And life only gets better when the ship returning him to England takes a rich prize.

But gold is not all Jack collects. Fever nearly kills him, and it is only the skill of his new comrade, Red Hugh McClune, which saves his life. The friendship takes him to convalesce in Bath – and into a passionate liaison with the Irishman’s beautiful cousin. But things are not as they seem, tragedy strikes, and Jack escapes with his life but loses something more important to him: his honour.

From an assassination attempt on King George to espionage at the Jacobite Court in Rome, through betrayal, mutiny, cavalry charges and duels, Jack seeks to restore that honour – with a consequence he could not have foreseen, and a price to be paid in blood…

The Response

It seriously took 2/3rds of the book to actually get interesting.

Here are my issues:

1. I want to read about bromance. Not romance. Jack trying to score is not my idea of what makes awesome books.

2. WHERE is Até?!

And yeah, had those two things been remedied within the first five pages, this could have been awesome. Meanwhile, I didn’t even get a GLIMPSE of Até until the last 5 pages of the book. BOO.

This installment in the series only takes place on North America for two or three chapters. Which normally wouldn’t bother me a bit, but considering that the other two take place predominantly on North America and both focus on things that are pretty important in Canadian history, it was a bit of a disappointment that it was pretty much all in the UK. Not that I don’t enjoy books that take place in the UK, but it wasn’t quite what I expected.

The last third of the book were actually quite good – starting from when Jack was being held prisoner in Rome. I just wish that the last third could’ve been the whole book except longer and expanded on and filled with Até.

Did I mention that I miss Até?

The Bottom Line

The first book, The Blooding of Jack Absolute, is awesome. The last one, Jack Absolute, is okay. This one? Skip it – you won’t be missing too much.

Other Reviews

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:04 am October 19, 2011.
Category: Historical Fiction
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  • rachel

    ate shows up. for four seconds at the end with joseph brant.

    speaking of unnecessary romance in bromance novels….

  • Court

    For the last five pages or so! Boo! I want a book that is all “All Jack and Ate All The Time”

  • Kailana

    I’m confused… I thought Jack Absolute was the first book. Did I think wrong? I was reading your post and thinking I was really going to have to get to this series, but now I am not sure if I have the first book or not..

  • Court

    Kelly – Jack Absolute was the first one that was written… but it’s the last chronologically in the story.

  • Kailana

    Oh. So, should I read it or get the other book?

  • Court

    Kelly – Um. The Blooding of Jack Absolute is the best one (and the first chronologically), but Jack Absolute wasn’t bad either – just not AS awesome as the first (chronologically).

  • Lisa

    Between you & Rachel talking about these books, someday I’ll read them.