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London 1759...and Jack Absolute's life is easy. A scholar at Westminster School, a master with the cricket bat or billiard cue, he has both a girl he worships and a courtesan teaching him the ways of the world.

Yet he plans to give up all carousing and begin a new life - if he can just stay out of trouble for one night.

After duels, battles, frantic escapes, and a brutal winter in a Canadian cave, the school boy will vanish and a man will appear. To come of age, Jack Absolute must be blooded.

©2005 C. C.Humpheys (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"As swashbuckling as a young Eroll Flynn, languidly escaping death with the ease of a teenage James Bond, this is a roaring adventure....the finest series of historical novels since O'Brien." ( The Good Book Guide)
"Brilliantly combines meticulous research with a breakneck pace and a terrific sense of humour." ( Historical Novels Review)

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  • Sara
  • 05-07-09

A really enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this book - It has a great combination of character, history, action and humour with a bit of love and lust thrown in for good measure. There is a good story which moves along at a pace that keeps your interested, as opposed to other books I have read that pummel you with historical trivia, seemingly aimed at satisfying historians that the author has done a good job of his or her research. I don't know enough about the period to say whether it is historically accurate, but I have read other reviews that the author is on a par with Patrick O'Brien and George MacDonald Fraser, which is good enough for me! I finished listening to "The Blooding" definitely interested in reading or listening to its sequels, to experience more of Jack Absolutes adventures. A highly recommended listen.

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  • Baz
  • 07-28-14

Very entertaining, vivid plot, colourful.

A cleverly plotted book with some great moments and interesting characters. Well worth getting. Highly recommended.

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