Rapture of the Deep

Cover image courtesy of Goshen Public Library

Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy

L.A. Meyer

{Just minutes away from walking down the aisle to finally be united with her Jaimy, Jacky is snatched up again by that despicable British Intelligence.  In her wedding dress she hears the terms of her new mission: diving for the treasure of a Spanish ship that sunk in the Caribbean (because King George’s coffers are getting empty from fighting Napoleon).  The tricky part is that she must do it without the Spanish finding out, and she must dive farther than anyone has before by using a new apparatus from Boston.  In return she will receive a full pardon.

So the Nancy B. Alsop (with two new young crew members) and the HMS Dolphin (with Jaimy on-board) sail down to the West Indies to find the Santa Magdalena, where they will have happy reunions with old faces and make new friends and new enemies.}

Very good, very fun.  The seventh book in the Bloody Jack Adventures, L.A. Meyer is still delivering the same quality, novelty, and excitement.  The book before this– My Bonny Light Horseman– was very heart wrenching whereas this book sees more going right for Jacky Faber.  But the book does seem to be a little more racy, with dirtier jokes, and I would like to see more character development concerning Jaimy.  Rollicking around Havana, Cuba, the reader picks up some interesting info about her history and culture in 1807.  Upon finishing I cannot wait for the next book to come out!

* Note:  it’s a good idea to review the earlier books (maybe read a detailed summary or skim the whole book) before reading this one for maximum enjoyment and recollection of references to old forays and faces.  But Meyer fills in gaps well, and this is not absolutely necessary.

Another kick and I glide over the reef and look down into the abyss that lies on the seaward side of the reef.  I cannot see to the bottom of it, and that is a pity, for I know that somewhere down there is where the Santa Magdalena rests, where she lies silent with her dead… and with all her gold.

— L.A. Meyer, Rapture of the Deep, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: New York, 2009, page 140

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