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I think the Bond tag comes from the author having ripped off a famous scene from Goldfinger (the film) almost verbatim.
The book depicts a period in history later than the previous 2 novels 1777, after years away from England Jack returns to London to find that he has become famous as a character in a hit comedy "The Rivals" in which the playwright Richard Sheridan has stolen his name and made him the leading character.
This does nothing to help Jack in his chosen profession of spying.
Jack had retired, but has to resume his spying when a duel over an actress forces him to seek shelter with his old commander who has been put in charge of an army and ordered to lead them from Canada to crush the American revolution.
Jack must fight not only revolutionaries, but opponents closer to hand, a sinister secret society.
The author has the knack of making his books interesting and informative and also easy reading at the same time.
While the code breakings were interesting enough, the turn of events reminds me so much of a movie, Secret Life of Ian Fleming. No wonder it has an addition title: The 007 of the 1770s. Jack was like James Bond. Lady's man, charming, playboy, etc though I must say that the espionage aspect was not too engaging as the book neared its end. Jack somehow become a hotheaded person, without any present of mind or that's why one of his nicknames was Fool? He was more like an amateur in the end. Overall, it's a good historical-action-novel with a light touch on the espionage professionalism.
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