1. Hands down, this is the best thing I have read all summer. I have never read the Scarlet Pimpernel, but I have read a lot of Jack Caldwell, so I was curious to see how this one went. I think the first paragraph dispelled any doubts about whether or not I would buy this book. After that first paragraph, I went to Amazon to preorder it, but it was not available yet. This makes me grumpy! As soon as they have it up, this book is mine. I want it yesterday, or preferably the day before yesterday. I love the characters, the research you do for all of your books, and the humor. This one really has me hooked. I am so sad it isn’t available, that I will have to hide all the M&M bags . Especially the peanut butter ones. Now that you have reminded me of Persuaded To Sail and Rosings Park, I will have to throw the bags out! Or I may actually read the original Scarlet Pimpernel. I am a Vikings Fan, but I love any team that beats Tom Brady. Give him hell, Jack! I hope we will too.

    • Wow, that’s quite the compliment! Sorry about the pre-order — the book is still in final layout, and I have never figured out the whole pre-order thing. Go ahead and enjoy your M&Ms.

      As for the upcoming NFL season, the Saints are my #1, and the Packers are my #1a. Don’t ask about the Falcons or Bears — sorry.

  2. The imagery was great Jack. I almost felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading. I loved the Three Colonels so this should be fun. Best wishes with your new publication. Jen Red

  3. Jack, when I read you were publishing this I bought The Scarlet Pimpernel just so I had the background and then could enjoy your newest book all the more. I did read The Three Colonels so I have that under my belt. I shall have to now pay attention to the priority of books on my list and move that one up. The excerpt was delightful. Yes, I do like it when married couples keep their flirtations alive. Thank you for sharing.

    • The neat thing about Percy & Marguerite is their life-long romance. I had a lot of fun writing that. To plug a future book, ROSINGS PARK will show Darcy & Elizabeth’s on-going romance. It won’t be as flirtatious (at least on Darcy’s side), but it will be as passionate.

  4. Looking forward to this one Jack! Thanks for the excerpt and an insight into Percy & Marguerite’s loving relationship!

  5. Read The Three Colonels and am reading an ARC of The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Both are very enjoyable bringing a bit of likability to Austen characters who are not liked in their original novels.

  6. Wonderful–bravo!! 🙂

    I have been a devoted fan of the Scarlet Pimpernel since watching Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and Ian McKellen in their respective roles in a high school English class. Read the books, too, but for once I preferred the film version.

    This looks like rollicking good fun plus perhaps a little romantic (and perhaps political??) intrigue. Can’t wait to read it!! 😀

    Thanks for posting such a satisfying excerpt, Jack–it’s much appreciated!

    Susanne 🙂

  7. I love Sir Percy. The Scarlet Pimpernel was my first love and have read each of the adventures Baroness Orczy has written. You hit their relationship on the head. Bang on perfect! I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you so much for sharing the excerpt.

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