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Jack Absolute (Jack Absolute #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  576 ratings  ·  106 reviews
A new historical adventure series starring the dashing Jack Absolute that has already been called "the finest historical novels since O'Brian." (Good Book Guide UK)

In 1777 Jack Absolute, the charming lover in Sheridan's comedy The Rivals, is famous throughout London. However, this notoriety comes as something of a shock to the real Jack Absolute when hearrives in England a
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Griffin (first published 2003)
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Juliet Glaser
I really wanted to like this book. I was excited ot read this book. I figured it couldn't go wrong. Historical Fiction, Spies, Revolutionary War, Romance and the Illuminati! What's not to like? Turns out everything. It took me almost 4 months to trudge through this one. I literally couldn't pick it up. I forced myself to get through hoping it would pick up. The writing was not so great and made it difficult to keep track of who was who and what was happening. It wasn't a particularly heavy plot ...more
Interesting book, along the same lines of other historical heroes (Sharpe, Hornblower and Flashman.)
The only thing that I would take issue with this book is that it starts in the third act, so to speak. While it is Humphreys 1st Jack Absolute book it isn't the first in the series in linear terms. There are two prequels, and I hope another to come to tie the series together neatly.
The story is extremely good as far as it goes, but reading this book as the first in the series can be a little confu
Idril Celebrindal
Disappointing... Adventures in the Catskills and Adirondacks during the American Revolution made it sound like this would be right up my alley, but the book had simply too many problems.

Once I reached the end (which only happened because I was on a car trip and hadn't brought anything else to read) I think I was able to tell what Humphreys thought his plot was, but a better writer could have made it much more suspenseful and exciting. There was also the common poor-writer's pitfall of skipping a
I love this absolutely delightful, swashbuckling, historical thriller. I am very happy this is turned out to be the first book in a new series. Look forward to reading more.
Paul Lunger
C.C. Humphrey's "Jack Absolute" is a Revolutionary War tale based upon a fictional character in a play called "The Rivals". The story itself is set primarily in 1777 in upstate New York as the reader witness the battles of Saratoga & Ticonderoga. Jack himself is a complex character who is the brother of a Mohawk leader with characterizations that make him into almost a jack of all trades in the army for this period. Humphrey's tale is full of everything from battles to love to espionage to i ...more
C.C. Humphreys

Newly released for sale “Jack Absolute” is a delight to read. Set during the American revolution of the 1700s, the character of Captain Jack Absolute is a treasure!

Jack is in himself a unique collection of characters- one that can adapt from the theatres of England, illegal duels which he must then escape being prosecuted for taking part in, to the battlefields of America. Jack even easily dons the attire of American Indian tribes and seems just as co
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "Jack Absolute" is the story of the title character who is thought to be dead by his playwriter buddy who, of course, writes a play with him as a title character. Much to Jack's surprise, he comes back to London to find that his name is intrisically linked with this play. This is the first book in a series that is being re-released by Sourcebooks.

As an aside, the play, "Jack Absolute," is still put on today. In fact, the author, C.C. Humphreys actually played Jack Absolute in the play
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I just need to get this out of my system: this book is an absolute riot. There. No more plays on the title, I swear.

This delightful, action-packed historical novel is inspired by a character from a real 18th century romantic comedy, The Rivals by Richard Sheridan. A popular hit, it was loved by both the English monarch and upstart American George Washington. Featuring a character named Jack Absolute, it's a romp of secret identities, forbidden lovers, duels, and eventual happy endings.

The author
The single best thing about this book is that the POV character's on what we now know is the losing side of the American Revolutionary War, which makes for a more piquant and interesting perspective. I also liked the cameo appearances of actual historical characters. Other than that...formulaic plot, obviously laboriously thought-out deliberately quirky backstory elements that will be no doubt important in future books in the series, exhaustively detailed fight scenes, melodramatic heroes and vi ...more
Diana Galbadon recommended this on her FB page so I took her up on her recommendation. And I didn't really like it. at the end if the hook the author describes how the book came yo be and says "....the character....would have to be rather more than the dashing army captain and oft-unscrupulous lover. He would have to do something. Thus he became a spy - among other things."

Unfortunately I don't the character grew at all. I couldn't understand why Jack Absolute was this revered person. He was on
Mary Unger
This book took me just this side of forever to finish. It just seemed to drag for me. The story didn't grip after the first duel scene at the beginning of the book. Not worth a second read.
Elle Patt
I loved being dropped into the action from the very first line, but it took a bit of reading to catch up. Humphries completely overcomes a couple of minor info dumps and pulls his threads through from beginning to end even when you're not quite sure he's going to manage it. Absolute is a little bit of a Marty-Stu, but likable (and an older character, which is fantastic). Humphrey excels at writing action and his research is thorough. Although I thought this would be pure genre, the larger motiva ...more
Noelle Barnard Azarelo
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise of Jack Absolute being a real person who's person was "borrowed" by Sheridan is a lot of fun. Unfortunately the actual plot loses it's luster once Jack departs England for the Revolutionary war.

As I actually read this book backstage while playing in "The Rivals," (our own Captain Jack had gifted copies to the cast), I appreciated all of the little in-jokes and sentences appropriated from RBS more than the average reader might, but that was
Andrew Post
4.5 Stars. This book was really very good in my opinion. I won’t give a plot summary but I will say that in the genre of Historical Fiction, C.C. Humphreys has slotted himself as a major player already with his first volume in his Jack Absolute series. Being a devoted Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC fan, every work I read in the field is measured against MacDonald Fraser’s bully! standard. The work was obviously thoroughly researched with a well-developed core set of characters. From the love intere ...more
This book made me experience such a wide range of emotions! I laughed, grimaced, rolled my eyes, yawned, gasped (not in that particular order) and my heart raced as the story came to a climax with a plot twist I did not see coming. Jack Absolute is the first book in an historical fiction series set during the American revolution that features the swashbuckling rogue hero, Jack Absolute, known as a charming womanizer, cavalry officer and the blood brother of a Mohawk leader.

The novel opens with a
Laura Hartness
Novels set during the American Revolution are not my usual genre, but the description of Jack Absolute drew me in. He seemed like a cross between the men found in the Regency novels that I do frequent and our modern-day James Bond. Thankfully, I was not disappointed in that regard. Jack Absolute was a fun, rollicking, adventurous good time. He is a bit of a playboy, but I was won over by his heart and personality.

The character of Jack Absolute is derived from The Rivals, a play written by Richa
Jack Absolute, back in England after years spent in America and India as a soldier, attends a play by the Irish playwright Sheridan (a friend from the past) only to find that he is a major character in various roles as soldier, wit, and lover. His backstage visit sees him in a fight on stage--a marvelous scene- engaged with two men who bear him great enmity. Partly to escape from the fall-out of the ensuing duel, he returns to his previous role as captain in a dragoon outfit, serving General Joh ...more
I am a huge fan of ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and the only reason I wanted to read this book was the time period. I was curious about an English officer’s viewpoint of the Revolutionary War, and it truly is eye-opening.

This also is my first time reading Mr. Humphreys and I didn’t really know what to expect, and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by his clear, witty and thoroughly engaging voice. He had managed to put me in the middle of this wonderful adventure.

I never heard of the play ‘Th
Many of you know that I love reading a good novel (or non-fiction for that matter) set during the times of the American Revolution. I think that this is such a pinnacle moment for the country and so many of the heroes of America were created during this time that it is fascinating to read about. I have read many novels set during this time period and all have been from a colonial viewpoint – until now. Jack Absolute takes the reader on an adventure through the rebellion with the titular characte ...more
Up to page 280 of the 305, I was ready to give this historical adventure 5 stars.

Excellent pacing, colorful writing, a dashing plot full of twists, turns, cliff hangers, battles, intrigues, chases, duels, Indians, Jacobites, rattlesnakes, spies, invisible ink, romance, sex, secret societies, and many reverses. The story is skillfully framed around historical events and there is a convincing treatment of historical figures mixed deftly with the fictional characters.

I "absolutely" loved the main
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JACK ABSOLUTE by C.C. Humphreys is an intriguing historical fiction set during the American Revolution. #1 of the “Jack Absolute” novels. Spy extraordinaire,lover of women,British Officer,and so much more that is Jack Absolute. An interesting tale of Jack Absolute,a British Officer with many names who is forced to become a British spy,by fleeing London to the American Colonies. With misadventures,danger,cynicism, a bit of wit,a touch of humor,spies,war,and a bit of romance this title seems to be ...more
This is my third book by Mr. Humphreys and it will not be my last. The titular character is a fictitious one dropped into the real world as a spy for General Burgoyne during the Revolutionary War. Jack Absolute is a character in a play by Sheridan that Mr. Humphreys has actually performed on the stage and he was so inspired by the role as to create a backstory with this book as well as two others. Captain Absolute is a multi-faceted man - a fencer, an honorary Iroquois, a womanizer and a very go ...more
Patricia O'Sullivan
When British army captain, Jack Absolute, gets unwillingly pulled back into service to put down the American colonial rebellion, he is asked to convince Britain's native allies to join the fight. Jack is not keen on this assignment, having spent enough time in his youth with the Iroquois to be considered one of them. He fears that no matter who wins the war, the natives will be the losers. In addition to being a liaison to the Iroquois, Jack is also charged with delivering important communicatio ...more
Read my review at Booklist:

A reissue of the start of Humphreys’ popular Jack Absolute series, based on a character in The Rivals, a play by Irish writer Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816), features Jack in all his swashbuckling glory. After surviving a duel in which he was meant to die, Jack accepts the challenge to help the British in their northeastern campaign during the American Revolutionary War. With his Mohawk friend and blood brother, Ate, Jack arrives in Quebec
Kathy Davie
First in the Jack Absolute historical fiction series; I can't decide if it's thriller or suspense... It's certainly spy fiction for this particular story with a very James Bond feel to it albeit with horses rather than Ferraris.

This is an ARC I received from the publisher.

My Take
On the whole, I adored this swashbuckling adventure behind battlelines and in drawing rooms as Jack struggles to discover the identity of his enemies.

It's makes a pleasant switch to hear the thoughts of a man about to d
I've always looked at this book on the shelf and thought, "Yum."

I love the 1700's and I'll never turn down a romp in that century. There was plenty of adventure in this one in numerous locales, and the stakes were kept high, and I liked the amount of romance compared to the rest of the plot. I also thought the way the American Revolution was portrayed, the author didn't try to oversimplify it and make one side seem more evil than the other. Spying in the 18th century was interesting and not som
Lisa Jensen
In the kind of breakneck adventure for which the term "rollicking" was coined, C. C. Humphreys embroils his protagonist Captain Jack Absolute—onetime officer, full-time rake, and part-time spy—in a duel, a chase, witty repartee, sex backstage (and onstage) at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and guest appearances by General Burgoyne AND Richard Brinsley Sheridan. And that's just the first three chapters.

In 1777, Jack and his Mohawk Indian blood brother Ate, ordered back to America to serve Britain in
Absolute. Jack, Absolute. The parallels between Jack Absolute, C. C. Humphries' dashing Revolutionary-era British intelligence officer, and the iconic James Bond are unmistakeable. In the first of series of historical adventure novels centered upon the titular character, actor-turned-novelist Humphries introduces us to a character whose life experiences can be bested only by those of Sir Ian Fleming's imagination. Providing a vivid - and convenient - backdrop for Absolute's trials and triumphs, ...more
Historical adventures are some of my abso-fav stories to read so when I saw the blurb on this book, I just had to read it. I love it when a character is put in tight spots and makes me wonder how they're going to get out of them and I also enjoy a bit of romance and intrigue to make things interesting. This book had all that and then some. Its set during the early period of the American Colonial War for Independence and told from the perspective of a dashing British officer.

The story begins in a
Originally published at Reading Reality

Jack Absolute’s character is written in a way intended to make the reader think of an 18th century James Bond. One of the later Bonds, at the point where he’d begun to get a bit tired of the game and developed some self-reflection.

I certainly got some of that. Jack is a member of a very old profession: he is a spy for the English crown during the American Rebellion. He’s been a spy before, and he is pretty much dragooned into doing it again, in spite of his
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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 L
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