“RAPTURE OF THE DEEP,” by L.A. Meyer, Harcourt Children’s Books, Boston, 2009, hardcover, 454 pages, $17.
A normal life just isn’t meant to be for Mary “Jacky” Faber, heroine of Corea author L.A. Meyer’s “Bloody Jack” saga.
The seventh book in the series, “Rapture of the Deep,” opens after the events of last year’s “My Bonny Light Horseman.” Jacky is preparing to marry her longtime beau, British Naval Lt. Jaimy Fletcher.
But of course, things don’t go that smoothly, and Jacky, Jaimy and her crew are soon shanghaied by the British intelligence agency, in penance for some misdeeds in her colorful past.
Their mission is to recover the treasure from a sunken Spanish ship in the Caribbean, a task that appeals to the greedy part of Jacky’s soul. Soon she is exploring undersea with the aid of the newly invented and untested diving bell.
“Rapture of the Deep” is filled with figures from Jacky’s past, some aiding her, others serving as obstacles in her path.
In this latest, adventure-packed installment, Jacky continues to mature and become more respectable, but proves she’s still the poor London street urchin readers discovered in the first book of the series. Here’s hoping she never grows up entirely.