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The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack #9)

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Jacky Faber, soldier, sailor, spy, and sometime pirate, condemned for life to the English prison colony in Australia for high crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she happily heads back to England in the company of dear friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.

However, due to a typh
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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Yesica Z
I am seriously considering just selling all the books i have of the series (which are all of them) because she is just going forever, her and Jamie are always separated (then he goes and sleeps with the first girl he sees, while Jacky remains somewhat faithful but didoes sleep with any of them) and she is just out there with any man she likes...

Then theres also the thing that she doesn't know right form wrong most of the time. Meyer really needs to wrap things up because I'm tired of the same th
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Kelsey
The Mark of the Golden Dragon was another rollicking good Bloody Jack adventure. Jacky Faber was up to her usual antics and her experiences are such fun to read about. No matter how many of these books LA Meyer writes I will keep on reading them. I love historical fiction, especially with a strong female protagonist and Jacky definitely fits the bill. There was never a dull moment in The Mark of the Golden Dragon and some of my favorite characters from the past entered the scene again. This seri ...more
Evie
The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack Adventures) by L.A. Meyer is the spirited and entertaining ninth installment in the epic story of Mary “Jacky” Faber, taking readers on an adventure through the South China Sea from Rangoon to London. There is high hilarity and scandalous scheming on land and sea as only Jacky can manage, making the book fun to read; howe ...more
Wendy
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Erica
I am officially tired of this series, which is so saddening for me. For any new readers reading this, I recommend the first three or four books, and then not continuing. While there have been plotlines and moments throughout each subsequent book that have been worth reading, on the whole, each book is a copy of the one before.
How many times does she have to get kidnapped? For someone who should be fairly aware of her surroundings by now and someone who can fight back, men are always making off w
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Margo Tanenbaum
I'm a huge fan of Jacky Faber and her adventures, but honestly, this series should have finished up a couple volumes ago. It's just getting too ridiculous, especially the constant getting together and then parting of Jacky with her beloved Jaimie, who she never gets together long enough to actually marry and consummate their long-standing lust for each other. Also, the coincidences that pile up on top of one another, where Jacky runs across her friends in the middle of the ocean without warning, ...more
Liz
Oct 09, 2011 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
So so volume in series. I like Jacky's early adventures much more. Getting too predictable now... meet historic character/event, trouble, miraculous escape, miss getting together with Jamie, repeat. It also seems in the last few books that the language got a bit rougher/the almost-sexcapades a bit more tricky?? making it tougher to recommend these books to the younger teens for whom they are supposed to be written.
Rebecca
Mar 21, 2011 Rebecca marked it as to-read
I hope this is the last one, I want closure already!

edit: darn it, it's not the last book. sigh.
Heidi
Always love a Bloody Jack.
Robyn Hawk
The Mark of the Golden Dragon  Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack, #9) by L.A. Meyer Always an adventure...

I never get tired of these books and in this recent installment on the life of the cunning and now beautiful Jacky Faber, soldier, sailor, spy, and Pirate Extraordinaire we follow Jacky into a world of danger and high adventure in the South China Sea!!!!

The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack Adventures) doesn't disappoint - on her retur
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MissSusie
A review in which I contradict myself!

Once again our Jacky & Jamie have parted ways and Jackie is once again thought to be dead and this sends Jamie over the edge, the edge of sanity that is, can Jacky find him in time to help him out of madness? Once again Jacky finds her way out of some close scrapes and once again Higgins and her good brothers from the dolphin find her in the middle of nowhere and rescue her.

I love this series but as you can see in my first paragraph there is a lot of “o
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Lynette
Once again, Meyer does not disappoint. I read this book over the course of two days, and I am already eager for the next Jacky Faber adventure. I love when I understand the literary references, which are so deliciously woven into each novel. When I was a kid, my favorite poem was The Highwayman, which seems a little disturbing, but the imagery is so beautiful! Anyway, I about died of happiness to read Meyer's twist.

"The wind was a torrent of darkness
among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly g
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
3.5/5 stars

The Mark of the Golden Dragon was better than expected, though I must admit my expectations were low. I'd been warned that if I expect resolution this was not that book. The Jacky Faber story keeps going in circles. They are fun romps, but never-ending cycles that don't advance the plot forward.

However I gave Jacky a long break. Months and months. In this book Jacky herself claims that she's best in small doses and I'm thinking that maybe she's right. So for Jacky Faber fans who are g
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Katherine
it's hard to rate this, do you rate is as a stand alone or as part of the series? Anyway, it's a fun read, very enjoyable and i will read the next one that comes out. Though, i am echoing the sentiments of others, that maybe it's time for Miss Faber and Mr Fletcher to finally be wed, you know, in the spare few moments they have. I mean, Jaimy understands and supports Jackies need for adventure, which i think is the one charcter developement we've needed in the series, considering this book, that ...more
StoryTellerShannon
I gave this book about 30 pages and while there was some talent within I found the writing style too jumbled and on the chaotic times for my tastes. It seemed like an interesting concept but it wasn't for me. WHEN READ: February 2012; OVERALL GRADE: C minus to C.
Lucia
Jan 12, 2011 Lucia marked it as to-read
It might be time to finish up Jacky's run on adventure.
Nicole
May 04, 2011 Nicole marked it as to-read
September 2011. Very excited.
Nicole
I love Jacky Faber. I truly do. She is clever and resourceful and likable and witty and daring and courageous and has a certain ingenuity that I have yet to find in any other person, fact or fiction.

I will read this series until the very end. Which I hope is coming soon. Because I want to finish it up while still loving it and rounding out the series with an even 10 books would be nice way to make that happen. The thing is, even Jacky Faber can be clever, resourceful, courageous, etc. in only s
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Heidi
Jacky Faber is back in her ninth adventure, this time to be washed overboard and thought for dead. Her beloved Jaimy writes notes professing his goal of taking revenge on that who he believes is responsible for Jacky's death. Meanwhile, Jacky frolics on land and sea with Richard Allen, shimmying and shaking herself in a sensual way in order to gain secrets and divert atention from her crew, those likeable characters who would do anything for their Jacky. The adventure has become stale for me, th ...more
Rachel
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Melodee
I am really ready for this series to wrap up. It's still fun, in a train wreck that you can't look away from type of entertainment, I guess. But it's become very much like Forrest Gump, where she just happens to find herself in the middle of historical events, or surrounded by historical figures. She evens gets to rub shoulders with Lord Byron, the poet, and King George himself! Ah, but poor Jaimey. He is the one who needs saving, now. And it takes the entire book to build up to said saving, onl ...more
Hannah
I’ve been a fan of the Jacky Faber series ever since I happened to pick up the first novel a couple of years ago at the library. The series is fun and exciting, and I love the spunky feminine protagonist of Jacky Faber; as well as the historical setting and British naval themes that underlie the main action of the stories.

However, I found that The Mark of the Golden Dragon isn’t quite as good as some of the earlier novels in the series. Jacky remains her usual daring and delightful self, but as
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Jenben8426
After finally getting out of a life sentence to Australia, Jacky Faber was tossed overboard during a typhoon. Her friends search for her or her remains, but they are devastated when there is no luck in finding the great Jacky and head back towards America. However, Jacky, quite like a cork, has a way of bobbing up to the surface. She is stranded on a beach with her little Indian guide, Ravvi, and she is bound and determined to get home and back to Jaimy her love. As they began their trek they co ...more
Nicole
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Brett
I do enjoy Jacky Faber. Even if her adventures are starting to stretch the bounds of likelihood a little, they make for a rattling good read, & it's fun to see how the various characters that have come to populate the story are making out. You can't help but love Jacky herself, & root for her in every situation. This one follows along the others in this regard, but I'm subtracting a point for two reasons: one is the treatment of the character Ravi, who comes across as a stereotyped buffo ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
This one had a "been there/done that" feel to it. (view spoiler). I love Jacky and the gang and Mr. Meyer has created a wealth of characters whom I enjoy ever so much, but I fear I am turning into a hamster on a wheel going round and round with no resolution. I also get tired of (view spoiler) ...more
pdarnold
And yet again, Katherine Kellgren makes this book come alive. I cannot fathom reading this series via Hard Cover, Paperback or Ebook BEFORE listening to the audio version. However, I am not sure if I adore or hate L.A. Meyer!!!! The author is making me crazy with the endings of this and the book before. Abruptly, ta-da it's the end. To quote one of my favorite quotes of Jacky Faber "Grrrrrrrrrrr - MEN, I SWEAR"!

This time around the book seems... short. Not as well fleshed. The story is still ent
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Katherine
It is hard for me to review this book because I have enjoyed and loved Jacky for almost 10 years now, however I felt this volume of the series did not meet my expectation of the books. If I were to rate this book as an exception to the whole series I would not have read it all the way through. I wish there had been more adventure and gosh darn it more Jacky/Jamie love going on!!! And the fact that Jacky spent most of her time in bed with Richard Allen while Jamie was god knows where suffering ma ...more
Alex
Did I miss book eight? Oops.

This series reminds me of a combination of the telephone game and the fish story, with every telling it gets more outlandish and further away from jackies hble beginnings. Jacky is in a storm, swept overboard, lands on her feet, makes friends, and goes back to England where she finds herself in another love triangle. But it's more like a circle because nothing ever happens.

As much as I enjoyed the first couple books this is now too long. There is less and less of th
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Mary
This was a big disappointment. The first few books of this series were really good, but it's getting a little disappointing and annoying now. Jacky continues claiming that she wants to be faithful to Jaimy, while letting him continue to think that she is DEAD and cuddling and playing around with Richard Allen. I'm not very sure why I keep reading this, but if you like the series, you might as well pick it up or you're gonna be lost when the next book comes out. If you're new to the series, go pi ...more
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Louis A. Meyer is best known as the author of the Bloody Jack novels. He is also a painter and the author of two children's picture books, and he and his wife own an art gallery called Clair de Loon in Bar Harbor.

Louis A. Meyer passed away on July 29, 2014 from refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His final Jacky Faber book, Wild Rover No More, will be published posthumously in September.
More about L.A. Meyer...
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1) Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2) Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #3) In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #4) Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West (Bloody Jack, #5)

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