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Jack Absolute

(Jack Absolute #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 he arrives in England after four months at sea. But there's barely time for outrage before he finds himself dueling for his life. Even worse, as soon as he's won the duel he's forced to
Paperback, 276 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2003)
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Juliet Glaser
Jan 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first 2 Jack Absolute books I found there was a huge gap in Jack's life from 1763 - 1777, before the commencement of this book.
However, another enjoyable book.
This one delves more into Jack's great ability to feret out traitors not only in the British network system but in the British Army itself.
It is still kept light and airy with his female conquests. However, unfortunately for Jack the state of true happiness seems still beyond his grasp.
It would be interesting to find out
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Idril Celebrindal
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Paul Lunger
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 intri ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mel Horne
Dec 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
I just did not engage with this story, the context felt very flat to me , which made the characters unreal. I got about half way through but could not sustain any interest. A pity, perhaps I will try it again later, but I doubt it.
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.
Kathy Davie
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller, history
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
Alan Welch
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
At the start of this book there is a page titled 'Praise for C. C. Humphreys', on which someone from a publication called The Historical Review, which I have never heard of, says "Cornwell is good, but Humphreys is better." As a lifelong fan of Bernard Cornwell's work I would like to save the readers of this review the disappointment they would experience if their expectations were raised to that level before reading this book. Mr. Humphreys is not even in the same league as Bernard Cornwell, le ...more
Nancy Schielmann
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The American Revolution told from the other side - Jack Resolute is the first in a series about a British soldier with Mohawk connections who has talents as a warrior and a spy. Having grown up in the US, I never really wondered about the British view of that war.

Although the book was put forward as a romance, it's really more of an adventure story, and subtly points out the cost of war, and how neither side is entirely right or entirely wrong. The ending was a pleasant surprise, and - in terms
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Absolute somehow manages to miss 80% of the battles that dominated the later part of the 18th century. I thought we'd be getting a full picture of Saratoga but instead we get little snippets of the campaign as Jack tries to nail a spy ring, which is clumsily handled. It's an OK story but there's alot of missed opportunities that would have made this something special. Fans of Turn will be left very disappointed!
Ashley Newell
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
It took me a long while to get into this novel. I don't know if I was ever really invested in Jack Absolute as a character, though I was able to get absorbed into his plot eventually. I don't think the pacing matched where my curiosity was most peaked. It might have made a difference if I came into it already invested in the "Rivals".
M. Rothery
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
C.C. Humphreys takes a fictional character (Jack Absolute from Sheridan's The Rivals) and spins historical fiction magic. Will definitely be checking out the other titles in this series.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun read with a little local history thrown in. Looking forward to reading the next in the series!!
Rob Cook
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical romp featuring spy and soldier Jack Absolute. Worth reading if you enjoy the likes of Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe series.
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
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Andrew Post
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Heather C
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
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a review. I have not been compensated for my opinion.

Things people are saying about this book are pretty huge: Diana Gabaldon called it "an absolute delight!". Well, you've read it above. I have to lives up to all of those accolades and more! I enjoy historical fiction and I truly loved this book.

It starts off with Jack Absolute looking at his opponent of an illegal duel in London, sizing him up, musing
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors, and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline.

Chris has performed on stages from London's West End to Hollywood in roles including Hamlet, Caleb the gladiator in NBC's AD-Anno Domini', Clive P

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