'When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman'. (Abraham Lincoln)
In China in 1860, a lot of people mistakenly put their trust in Flashman: the English vicar's daughter with her cargo of opium; Lord Elgin in search of an intelligence chief; the emperor's ravishing concubine, seeking a champion in her struggles for power; and Szu-Zhan, the female bandit colossus, as practised in the art of love as in the art of war.
They were not to know that behind his Victoria Cross, Harry Flashman was a base coward and a charlatan. They took him at face value. And he took them for all he could while China seethed through the bloodiest civil war in history and the British and French armies hacked their way to the heart of the Forbidden City....
"Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman." ( Sunday Times)
"Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." ( Washington Post
"A first-rate historical novelist." (Kingsley Amis)
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By Archie on 24-06-16
Wished it would never end
Interesting slant on the destruction of the summer palace describing it as a socialist effort to send a message to the Chinese that their super privileges elite were not as all powerful as their leaders thought. Not at all how the Chinese see it today. Really enjoyable to read to be constantly shocked by Flash's behaviour and actions. Good advice on how not to flinch..
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