Book: Jackanapes - The Artful Dodger and the Hero of the Forlorn Hope by T John Wardcategories: Book, Action, 19th Century, Peninsular Wars, Sequel, Napoleonic Wars, Historical Adventure
T John Wardabout this book: Thanks to his youthful sufferings and bitter experiences during the Peninsular Wars, ex sergeant of the 50th Regiment of Foot, Abel Garnett, abandons his high ideals and turns to smuggling. Abel is doing very nicely, thankyou, until he is obliged to take on the task of reforming that young jackanapes, The Artful Dodger. Well, the soft-hearted, Oliver Twist, wasn't going to stand by and see him rot in Newgate or be transported to a penal colony, was he?
Things don't go too well for Abel after the Dodger turns up. A great flood, the deadly re-appearance of a psychopath out of Abel's past, militia men on the hunt, all conspire to smash his plans. The resourceful Artful Dodger saves the day more than once but, after captures and daring escapes, the two fugitives are forced to flee to France where fate gives them an opportunity to redeem themselves - if they can survive long enough to win a race against time, that is. Oh yes, then there is the beautiful Lysette, the first human being The Artful Dodger has ever loved!
• "I was fortunate enough to be given a copy of 'Jackanapes'. It was a wonderful adventure- I loved it." — Charles Dickens great, great grandson, Gerald Dickens.
• "Highly recommended to all members" — The Sharpe Appreciation Society
• "An interesting, exciting read and a very realistic and absorbing story" — The Dickens Fellowship review
• "A cracking read from start to finish." — Amazon customer
"Jackanapes - The Artful Dodger and the Hero of the Forlorn Hope" was originally published in limited editions.
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