The Last Legionnaire – Paul Fraser Collard

The Last Legionnaire - Jack Lark Series #5 - Paul Fraser Collard
Title – The Lone Warrior

Series – Jack Lark #5

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 416 pages

Published – 1 December 2016

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


We return to the Jack Lark series and its 5th book – the last Legionnaire by Paul Fraser Collard. If you read my review of the last book, you’ll know that I had rather mixed feelings about it. Why is Jack staying in India after getting his identity back? What came over him, to escort a woman he does not know all the way to Delhi? Why be part of its siege in order to rescue that woman after she is caught in the city’s revolt? I had a hard time understanding Jack and I was curious to see what he would be up to next – so, without any further ado, here is how Jack’s story continues.

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The Lone Warrior – Paul Fraser Collard

The Lone Warrior, Jack Lark #4, Paul Fraser Collard
Title – The Lone Warrior

Series – Jack Lark #4

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 384 pages

Published – 14 July 2016

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


With “The Lone Warrior” we reached the fourth book of the Jack Lark series written by Paul Fraser Collard. You can read about the other books here (The Scarlet Thief ,The Maharajah’s General &The Devil’s Assassin).

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The Devil’s Assassin – Paul Fraser Collard

The Devil's Assassin by Paul Fraser Collard, book cover, Jack Lark #3
Title – The Devil’s Assassin

Series – Jack Lark #3

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 384 pages

Published – 29 January 2015

My Rating – ★★★★★

 

 

 

 


We return to the Jack Lark series with its third book – The Devil’s Assassin. I was really impressed by the first two books (see The Scarlet Thief & The Maharajah’s General). However, I feel that this one is the best yet.

After impersonating two British officers in the previous books, Jack Lark’s third charade is discovered quickly (first chapter) by the British intelligence officer Ballard. Instead of exposing Jack as a criminal and thus a sure death, Ballard presses Jack into his service – as a spy hunter. The British are attacking Persia, whose Shah encouraged by the Russians, is threatening their territory in India. Jack’s task proves extremely vital as the Persians seem to know about every move of the British, thus preventing an early victory. The responsibility weighs heavy on Jack who for the first time must focus on more than the normal duties of a British officer. Ballard is aware of Jack’s talents though and offers official papers giving Jack his own name back in return for his services. Jack leaves no stone unturned for the opportunity to return to his life and save the British campaign from sure disaster.

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The Maharajah’s General – Paul Fraser Collard

Book cover of Paul Fraser Collard's
Title – The Maharajah’s General

Series – Jack Lark #2

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 336 pages

Published – 27 March 2014

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


As I have mentioned in my review of Collard’s debut novel “The Scarlet Thief”, I started reading the Jack Lark series because I received the latest and 6th book from Netgalley. I am reading the whole series at the moment and I am quite excited to share my views on the books with you.

When I started the sequel, there was a little “about the book” page in the beginning. I read it just before starting the first chapter (just because you start reading in the beginning, don’t you?). After reading it, I felt this surely gave most of it away, and especially reading the first half of the book, I always knew what to expect from that early section, which was quite irritating I can assure you. So apart from the advice not ever to read the “about the book” section before reading the book, let’s get to the story.

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The Scarlet Thief – Paul Fraser Collard

The Scarlet Thief
Title – The Scarlet Thief

Series – Jack Lark #1

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical fiction

Length – 352 pages

Published – 21 November 2013

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


As you might have guessed already from the historical fiction books I have talked about so far, I have a very strong focus on Ancient Rome and this only recently changed to include more recent history. It started with a deep fascination for the Napoleonic era and consequently its downfall mainly brought about by Wellington (I will talk about Simon Scarrow’s books covering this period of time as soon as possible!). When I started reviewing books, I also created a Netgalley account and looked through the books available for ARC (advanced reading copy) reviews. I stumbled across the latest and sixth book of the Jack Lark series and the plot sounded super interesting. At the time, I did not realise that it was the sixth book that I was requesting and there I am – receiving the latest book of a series without knowing anything about the others. As I was about to go on holiday for 10 days this seemed the best time to set myself a challenge to read the whole series in one go and review the lot (if it should proof good enough that is!). I am reading book number 4 now and I love it so far and I just want to start reviewing them, so here we go.

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