Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee : being an account of the further adventures of Jacky Faber on her way to Botany Bay by L.A. Meyer
Jacky's life of crime is (mostly) behind her when she sails her new ship, the lovely Lorelei Lee back to England to pick up a cargo of new immigrants bound for America. Her enemies have not forgotten her, however, and some of them have contrived to revive those pesky old charges of piracy. Jacky is tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in the prison colony of Australia--and, unknown to Jacky, her beloved Jaimey Fletcher is convicted of similar crimes and similarly sentenced.
Life on the two southbound convict ships could not be more different: while Jaimey's voyage is hellish, Jacky and the other female convicts enjoy an easy voyage under a sybaritic captain...until that captain dies and is replaced by the less-pleasant First Mate....
Can L.A. Meyer really keep adding to the amazing adventures and astonishing cast of characters in the 8th book in the series? Oh, yes, he can! Exotic seaports, thrilling battles at sea, and appearances by famous historic and fictional maritime characters keep the action rolling along.
Some sexual situations (Jacky's ship is full of prostitutes who are encouraged to ply their trade by a captain who demands 20% of the fee), some minor cussing, and some violence including the bloody and well-deserved death of a seafaring villain. Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.