Day of Deliverance (A Jack Christie Adventure 2) by Johnny O'Brien

Day of Deliverance (A Jack Christie Adventure 2)

Written by Johnny O'Brien
Part of the Jack Christie Adventure Series

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The exciting second installment of the Jack Christie adventures (following Day of the Assassins) sees time-travelling Jack and Angus back in the fray of history – this time they must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death!

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Day of Deliverance (A Jack Christie Adventure 2) by Johnny O'Brien

The second novel in the Jack Christie Adventure series finds our schoolboy hero travelling back in time to foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth 1. The story, rich in period detail, involves the playwright Marlowe and a young actor called William Shakespeare. This time, Jack and Angus will use all their bravery and skill to thwart Pendleshape and his misguided notions of surgical time changes. Featuring historically accurate black and white illustrations, this action-adventure has special appeal for the more reluctant reader.


In the second book of this series, Jack and Angus have become active members of VIGIL, a secret group that has the means to travel back in time. In this volume, the boys are sent to Elizabethan England. They must try to thwart the plans of their nemesis, the Revisionists. While on their assignment to foil a plot to murder the queen, the boys meet William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and Christopher Marlowe. With the queen dead, the Revisionists plan on the Spanish Armada winning and forever changing the face of the world. Sword fights, acting, guns, and time travel all make for an intriguing and interesting read. The author also includes the historical significance of these events, a brief biography of Queen Elizabeth, a description of the Spanish Armada, and short biographies of some of the other significant characters the reader meets. Readers do not need prior knowledge of the characters, as there are reference to previous events, and a prologue provides the necessary background information. This fast-paced story with the unusual concept of traveling through time to purposely change the course of history will appeal to readers Educational Materials Reviewer readers will enjoy the non-stop action, as well as the glimpses of historical figures . Kirkus Gr 6-9-Jack and Angus are members of the VIGIL society, dedicated to protecting the secret of time travel from the Revisionist party, who want to change the future by altering the past. VIGIL learns that Revisionist chief Dr. Pendelshape is in Elizabethan England. The enemy scientist is seeking to secure the success of the Spanish Armada, making Spain rather than England the dominant influence in modern Western history. Jack and Angus are sent back to stop the plot, but something goes wrong in the transference. Separated from their team, the teens are lost in 16th-century England. They fall in with a group of players on the way to a command performance before Queen Elizabeth I, but one of the actors has a more sinister plan in mind. With assassins from the Spanish Inquisition on one hand and Revisionist goons on the other, can Jack and Angus survive until they can get back to the 21st century? Real personages such Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare fit smoothly into the plot. Actual historical events are portrayed accurately within the confines of the fictional plot, and black-and-white reproductions of maps, prints, and portraits add to the period feel. Plotlines and characters carry over from Day of the Assassins (Candlewick, 2009), but sufficient background is provided to allow this book to stand on its own. A challenging and exciting read for those who appreciate a blend of history and science fiction.-Elaine E. Knight, -- Elaine E. Knight, School Library Journal It is an entertaining read for upper key stage 2 pupils. Enjoy the story and learn about Elizabethan England at the same time! English Four to Eleven it made history come to life and would be best suited to a fan of Dr Who and other science fiction -- Maria Arshad

About the Author

Johnny O'Brien

"Hi - my name is Johnny O'Brien. I grew up in the Borders in Scotland. I write mostly at the weekend - during the week I have a 'proper' job in an office where I work for a range of sinister global corporations. These days I live in the south of England and have four sheep and a springer spaniel with floppy ears. I am also married and have three kids - they all have normal ears!"

Johnny O’Brien was inspired to write the novel after seeing some of his grandad’s war medals in an old cupboard. “A few years ago my dad showed me some medals that his dad (my grandfather) had received during the First World War. He explained that my grandfather had been injured in the war and had later lost part of his leg. Apparently, my grandfather was reluctant to speak about how he got the injuries or how he won the medals. I don’t really know why. But I know what he did was brave – because I have a citation at home signed by the ‘Minister of War’ - Winston Churchill. Anyway, unlike millions of others, my grandfather survived the war and went on to have children and live to a ripe old age – although I never knew him. It got me thinking though. He made important choices in his life – he chose to fight in the war. It seems he chose to do something brave. Later he chose to have a family. If he had made different choices, of course, I might not be here.”

Q and A with Johnny O’Brien

Where did the idea for Day of the Assassins come from?
My wife, Sally, said that as I was always telling the kids stories I should write a book for kids. I told her the idea was ridiculous. Then, sometime later, I was looking through a cupboard at my Dad's house. We came across some of his old medals and things from when he was an officer in the Irish Guards in the First World War. There was an old trench telescope, a citation signed by Winston Churchill and even a bit of bone that he'd kept when he'd had his leg amputated after he was injured in 1918! That got me thinking...

How does it feel to have your first book published?

Well, I did history at university so that helped and the kids have been going through the GCSE curriculum - so I've been learning all sorts of new bits and pieces. Other than that it's mostly reading or the internet. It's surprising the range you have to cover - everything from where the guns are

The list is endless and there are lots of things that I'd like to have seen: in British history - the Battle of Britain, the Armada, Waterloo... probably nothing much original there... but there are also some questions it would be good to find out the answer to: who killed the Princes in the tower? (Or JFK for that matter) or further back how did Neanderthals co-exist with Homo Sapiens... in terms of people, well of course there are usual suspects – from Churchill to Cleopatra – but the person I would really like to meet is my Grand Dad – as I was too young to know him – and I would like to know about his experiences in the war and how he was injured. I have never managed to find out.

Back to the Future – if only to see a DeLorean go at 88 MPH – although I understand in the later films they replaced the engine with a Porsche engine to give the car the requisite zip!

Tardis. Enterprise has just too much tight nylon in a confined space – got to be a fire hazard.

Oh Dear. Ant and Bee; Richard Scarry's 'Busy Busy World'; Herge (the Tintin Books) endlessly, Goscinny and Underzo (the Asterix books) endlessly. And that was about it.

Simon Schama's a History of Britain - it's very long – and it might sink in second time round.

Captain Haddock - lots of scope for misbehaviour, but a heart of gold. Great house too, lots of strange friends and a cellar full of treasure. What more could you want?

I have an office at home - so usually it’s there at the weekend if I get a chance. Usually the dog comes and snoozes at my feet. I've never understood a dog can sleep so much during the day... and then all night as well!

A time travel adventure set in a (reasonably!) accurate historical context. The idea was that if you read it, you'd have fun - and you might even learn something by mistake in the process. Sorry that's two sentences - three in fact.

They're donning doublet and hose and heading back to the sixteenth century. Why? To save the world of course... But I've ditched the idea of writing it in iambic pentameters...

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1st June 2010




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