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(Jack Lark #9)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  16 reviews

In this ninth action-packed Victorian military adventure, Paul Fraser Collard's roguish hero Jack Lark - soldier, leader, imposter - crosses borders once more as he pursues a brand-new adventure in Africa.

As he journeys across the table-top mountains of Abyssinia to the fortress of Magdala, Jack quickly discovers that nowhere is safe and nobody can be trusted. Expect

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published August 20th 2020 by Headline
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I only started the Jack Lark series with the previous book, the eighth, The Lost Outlaw. When I have the time, that precious commodity that always seems to be slipping away from us all I’d love the opportunity to start the series from the beginning, going back to where it all began and witnessing the birth of and the origin of Jack Lark. Belatedly starting a series can be very hit-and-miss, s
Matthew Harffy
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With villains aplenty, and a cast of memorable characters surrounding Jack Lark, Fugitive is a great addition to this fabulous series. From the smog-filled alleys of Victorian London to the arid plains of Abyssinia, Jack, is never far from danger. The battles are loud with cannon-fire and the screams of the dying. The stench of gunpowder and death is heavy in the air, as Collard's wonderful rogue, Jack Lark, rampages through skirmishes and cataclysmic battles, in search of riches, vengeance and, ...more
Another excellent Jack Lark adventure, this time in Abyssinia in the 1860s. It also features an extended opening in London and I found that riveting. The rest of the tale is also entertaining, action-packed and full of historical military details. Possibly a little too gory and a bit too much cussing for my sensitive nature (this is particularly in your face in the audiobook, probably less so in the treebook). The audiobook is really well read and brings Jack to life. Such a good series. review ...more
David Slater
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my top ten books of the year (109 read so far). It's always a joy to read a new Jack Lark. The action whips along and as Paul Fraser Collard bases so many of the stories on little known historical events one never knows what's going to happen next - except that Jack will probably live to fight another day. Looking forward to Jack's further adventures in Africa. ...more
Ray Banks
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best so far. Keep them coming Paul love 'em ...more
B Culbert
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual dose ofoulp fiction

The ninth book in the series does not disappoint. The action is more muted but the introduction of Watson as a side character revealed a human side to Jack that made him all the more realistic. As always not disappointed and left wanting more please.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Another brilliant Jack Lark adventure with all the daring and adventure you'd expect. These books keep getting better, and the bonus on top of Cornwell-esque battle scenes is that I'm learning plenty about campaigns I never knew even happened. Great stuff! ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first Jack Lark book I have read and certainly won't be the last! What a great read, from the opening chapters set in the East end of London, through to Jack heading into Africa.
Very much like Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, perhaps with a little more historical description and background. Highly recommended.
Right I am off to track down the first eight books in the series....
Geoff Parkinson
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great Series of Books

Enjoyed this last book in series well written. Great author. Recommend reading Jack Lark series from 1st to last in order enjoyed it?
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Entry number 9 in Paul Fraser Collard's Jack Lark series, this is an entry which - speaking personally - I very much found could be split into two main parts: the first part of the novel primarily concerns itself with the Victorian pursuit of 'slumming' (where rich toffs paid good money to see how their poorer counterparts lived in the slums and tenements of London), and the second with the Abyssinian campaign against the mad 'Gorilla King' (in modern day Ethiopia, I believe)

I'd heard, and even
John Walker
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Old Jack Lark, back from his Mexico adventure, but why go back to London? The man has no luck there at all, especially running something called Babylon, where the well-to-do can let more than their hair down. Of course he's got to run into risky, dangerous people, the protection racket who remember Jack from books past.
Well, don't you know Jack's got to run afoul of these criminals, Which naturally means he does some rash things and he must run for his life out of the UK.
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Clayton Okeefe
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy reading Bernard Cornwall books then you will love Paul Fraser Collard Jack Lark novels. This is the 9th in the series and in my personal opinion the best book so far. Fast paced with plenty of action, the story starts with Jack running a club in the London before moving on to the battlefields of Abyssinia in Africa. I literally couldn't put the book down and can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Dave Broadbridge
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great book from Paul , looking forward to the next book from Paul.
Mar 25, 2022 rated it did not like it
My least favorite of Collard’s stories by far. The characters are poorly fleshed out and have few redeeming qualities. Consequently I didn’t care much about what happened to them. Like most of this series there’s overly repetitive descriptions of the gore of battle injuries which gets to the point of tedium.
James Backus
Feb 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in the history behind this book. As I did not know much about it, i went online and learned about it. Helped when I read the book. Jack lark is almost not quite as good as Mr. Sharpe. But when there are not Sharpe Books to read I have read 9 in the series and about to read #10
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Jul 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A great read full of excitement
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Paul's love of military history started at an early age. A childhood spent watching films like Waterloo and Zulu whilst reading Sharpe, Flashman and the occasional Commando comic, gave him a desire to know more of the men who fought in the great wars of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. At school, Paul was determined to become an officer in the British army and he succeeded in winning an Arm ...more

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