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Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West

(Bloody Jack #5)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  8,155 ratings  ·  538 reviews
The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will J ...more
Hardcover, 611 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published August 13th 2007)
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Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of the audio book.

I usually listen to these in the car and as people drive past me, they see a crazy middle aged woman laughing her head off as she's driving. Really, if you are suffering from road rage, start listening to this series. You'll find all sorts of excuses to drive around, just to listen to the many exploits of Jacky Faber.

Well, I got sick of paying the ridiculous prices for gas in my neck of the woods so I decided to listen to Jacky's story on my MP3 player instea
Dan Lutts
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jacky Faber strikes again! The book opens as Jacky and the other girls from Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls return to Boston harbor after defeating the slavers who captured them and were shipping them to North Africa to be sold into slavery (see In the Belly of the Bloodhound). But just as she is about to disembark, Jackie is captured by the British who will take her back to England to be tried and hanged as a pirate.

Of course, Jackie escapes. She steals the flatboat that belongs to Americ
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Grace by: A friend
This is the fifth book in the series and in all honestly I was hoping it was the last. Granted, the book truly has it's moments and the writing, though not great, is good, but the plot is extremely - or a better word might be excruciatingly - predictable and getting very stale as the series wears on. With every book Jacky and her "true love" Jaimy are always just a moment away from happiness and being together forever before their hopes are dashed yet again and it's getting old fast. Personally ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, ya
Another wild and wonderful adventure with Miss Jacky Faber! Here Jacky is on the run from the British (again/still!) for the bounty so unfairly placed upon her spunky blond head. Her journey this time takes her "out west" to the frontier (in early 1800s sense of the word, i.e., Ohio. Ever in love with ships and the water, it is inevitable that Jacky will soon be floating along the Mississippi River and Jacky's flair for the dramatic is put to good use on a show-boat of her very own making. But, ...more
Katie Hutchison Irion
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, 200 pages in. All these thrwated meetings with Jaimy are KILLING me! I'm a bit bugged with his traveling companion and little sleepover friend Clemmy. What is he thinking?? It is bugging me but he still writes the sweetest letters to Jacky. I'm still liking him. Sorry ladies.
Jacky, how could you give up a Lord of the Realm?? As you all know, I am a big fan of that slippery Jaimy Fletcher but I sure loved Lord Richard Allen. Geez, how does Jacky get all these guys in her life? She is one che
May 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Jacky Faber joins the cast of Big River! Seriously, though, this one was kind of a letdown.

The book picks up right from the cliffhanger ending of the last book; faced with imminent capture by the British Royal Navy for piracy, Jacky is rescued at the last minute through the cunning schemes of her loyal and talented friends. Needing a safe port to ship out from, she decides to make her way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Accompanied by her steadfast friend John Higgins and the tacitur
Nick Imrie
The charm of Jacky Faber is that she is intensely loyal, making friends everywhere she goes. Jacky doesn't have a moral framework or code that she works by, which is why she has such an easy time flauting the law and the rules; as she says she weren't brought up proper. Instead, her loyal heart, generous spirit, and sense of fairness make sure that never does anything truly wrong, however much she may push the boundaries. For example, stealing the Emerald was very illegal and maybe wrong, but yo ...more
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I wondered how Jacky was going to fare for an entire novel away from open water. However, I needn't have worried. Given a large body of water, (in this case the Mississippi River) Jacky soon has herself set up as the captain of a nice little river boat with a crew of mostly trustworthy characters.

This book, like all of the others, moves. Jacky is in and out of trouble so fast it's dizzying, and she's very lucky that she has quite a few people who love her.
Miss Susan
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jacky Faber is the light of my life. :D This has been an excellent month so far for heroines. I've got my brave book lover Hazel venturing into the woods, my angry brilliant accused-of-sociopathy-because-people-appear-to-misunderstand-intense-drive-and-ambition-in-teenage-girls Frankie and now the amazing charming so-suited-to-the-American-West-I-think-it-some-strange-twist-of-fate-she-was-actually-born-in-London Jacky. Keep it up July, I am definitely digging this trend.

ANYDOODLES. Basically th
Tara Chevrestt
I read over a quarter and I decided to skip this one and move on to number 6. Why? Getting way too predictable. Jacky is once again running from the Royal Navy and once again singing songs at taverns and once again stealing boats.. And once again, Jaimy is writing her these awful letters and he has a new girlfriend of sorts in tow. And Higgins.. I loved him at first but now he is getting old. A grown man giving a teenage girl a bath in the 1700s? I don't care if he is homosexual. It's getting we ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Nothing better than listening to a Jacky Faber adventure in the car!
Amy Bradley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jacky is taken from the British ship where she was captured in the last book - and it turns out to be Higgins and the actors Fennel and Bean. She and Higgins, along with young Jim Tanner (a young boy she took in, in the last book, to mind her small lifeboat and set fish and crab traps around Boston Harbor to make money) set out to follow rivers down to New Orleans. Along the way, Katy Deere (a serving girl from the school) joins with them, having been the leader of the rat hunters on the slaver. ...more
Kristen Harvey
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of adventure and romance
3rd review: ah Jacky it’s so nice to visit you again! I love the gif festival I have with my friend as we follow your crazy adventures with a new fancy boy interest and some old friends turn up (and old enemies). Such a great series - I really love this characters voice she definitely cheers me!

2nd review:
Why I read this: I love these books and they are amazing on audio!

Plot: In this book, we find Jacky trekking across the Americas and of course finding a boat to sail down the Mississippi River
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, I read for this book for 3 hours while I had insomnia last night. I finished it. Come to think of it, this book may well have been the reason for the insomnia. Again, another fast-paced joy ride into the life and times of Jacky Faber, privateer/showboat captain/actress/musican and all around great girl. I wouldn't want to have to live her life. Too much going on. L. A. Meyer does press his luck just a wee bit with all the miraculous coincidences that befall poor Jacky, and for that I'm onl ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Least favorite one so far, but I will continue!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2019
OMG The New Orleans scence at the end . . .Was. Just. Too. Much. It was so stupid I laughed and cried at the same time. Sadly I'll never be able to get Mike Fink out of my head either. ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: This book kept my attention throughout the entire book. The beginning of the book seemed a bit lax. It did not seem like it had as much action in the beginning as it could have had. The continuing chasing of Jacky by Jaimy seemed a little ridiculous due to the fact that he literally chased her across the country. When Jaimy finally caught up to Jacky it was the worst timing ever. It seemed a little unfair to Jacky with how bad Jaimy and Richard's timing was. The slave hunters ...more
I’m an ardent fan of the Jacky Faber stories, I find it an exceptional series with good research, colorful characters, and lots of action and complex plots. I love the fact that it’s a woman adventurer and when all is said and done she one way or another escapes and manages to make a bad situation better by her presence. In Mississippi Jack, we start where belly of the Bloodhound left off, the arrest of Jackie on the HMS Juno. Great way to end book 4 by the way. Ever since the marines bayonets c ...more
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans, One Piece fans, Darren Shan fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
After the last book, which in fact traumatized me for life, I took a break from this series for about a month. This was the level...


So after an interesting couple of weeks in my personal life I finally got my external hard drive in order, and transferred this to my ereader. I have been laughing hysterically all day.


For Jaime's p.o.v. this time, just imagine Van Fanel (leading protagonist from the anime Escaflowne,) with a beard in this one the following visual might help...


And for le
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was, by far, my favorite of the Jacky Faber books thus far. Part of that could have been because the book takes place (a large part of it at least) around the Western Pennsylvania area where I grew up. Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and other locales are beautifully described in this story – even though some harm does come to our favorite characters in these places – the author nailed the era and location perfectly. (As well he should – since he grew up in PA himself.) I was absolutely delighted to ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yeesh. I'm afraid this is my last Bloody Jack adventure. As the series has progressed I've realized the author has the same plot mechanics repeated over and over again, ad nauseum. In the last couple books I realized this, and held the opinion that it was of no consequence, and that the story was still engaging. Oh how wrong I was.

The heroine (who really is a bit dimwitted considering how many times she is captured) is confronted with capture, followed by rescue, followed by worst-timing-ever,
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I took a break during this book.

I didn’t mean to take a break mind you, it just sort of happened. I’m in the USA Navy myself, and unlike good ‘ol Jackie I find myself tethered down a mite bit quicker than she, and have suffered lack of reading because of a ridiculous work schedule during deployment. So a whiles ago I had read a good size of this book, but laid it to the wayside due to work requirements. In fact, I haven’t been able to read ANY book in the past few months.

But I just coul
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
This is (so far) my favorite book in the Bloody Jack Adventures. The plot is thick with adventures and escapes and new characters and old with a hilarious finale and a happy ending. The collection of accents was great, and so was hearing Mr. James Emerson Fletcher's side of the story for once. Like other reviewers, I am also a little tired of Jaimy and Jacky being so close to meeting again and missing each other by minutes, but oh well. On the whole I loved it! Can't wait to read My Bonny Lig ...more
Emily Bell
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
While I love this series and I will always find myself attached to L.A. Meyer's delightful characters, this book is where the series goes down in quality, in my opinion. A few of the new characters, such as Fink, come across as two-dimensional and over-ridiculous. The language is often unnecessarily crude, and when all else fails in the plot, Jacky can sing a tune and everything will be fine again. There are a few ridiculous rabbit trails that took away from the main storyline, such as Jacky bei ...more
Carly O'Connell
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The series continues to be enjoyable although a few things have started to bother me, notably Jackie's blurred concept of consent, Jamie's proprietary feelings towards Jackie, and frequent episodes of cultural appropriation, such as Jackie being immediately adopted by a Native American tribe after spending a day with them. ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do enjoy these audiobooks! So much fun, and quite unpredictable really.

The near misses between our Miss Jacky and her Mr. Fletcher do drive me a bit crazy. But then I suppose if they ever managed to get together for more than 5 minutes they'd actually get married & she might have to sit still rather than galavant around the countryside.

I also like how she is a very strong & clever woman but not the stereotype of a cold, emotionless female with anger management issues. Rather she is very emotio
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
These books are fantastic vibrant stories but I can not say this enough....the narrator of the audio books should win copious awards and also be my best friend so I could invite her to dinner just to hear her do all these voices and characters. Jacky Faber is at it again but this time she's landed herself in hot water along the Mississippi on a riverboat, while her true love Jamie Fletcher is in hot pursuit. Her misadventures are a treat. ...more
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Book five in the Jackie Faber series continues to strain at credibility. Of COURSE she escapes, OF COURSE she just misses Jaime, OF COURSE she outwits the pirates, OF COURSE the handsome British officer falls madly in love, OF COURSE the kindly Native Americans take her in....arrrggggghhh - enough already! (That said, I read the whole damn book in one sitting).
Alethea A
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: little wanderers (over 16 ^_^)
Wow, this one was considerably more risque than the rest. I'd be hesitant to let a 14-year-old read it... unless that 14-year-old was me ^_^

Hurry up, Listen & Live Audio, and release the audiobook already!!!
♥ Caitlin
Jun 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
I tried to read this book a few years ago or so. Very, very inappropriate. I would not recommend this book to anyone. In the previous books, I just had to block out ALOT of the stuff that was going on, but in this book it was just way too much. This series should not be in the YA section.
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Louis A. Meyer is best known as the author of the Bloody Jack novels. He was also a painter and the author of two children's picture books, and he and his wife owned 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, was published posthumously in September that year.

Other books in the series

Bloody Jack (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Bloody Jack (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)
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)
  • Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack, #7)
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack, #8)
  • 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)
  • Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away (Bloody Jack, #10)
  • Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11)

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