Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication.
A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.
What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull's braves? He was trying to get out of the line of fire and escape yet again with his life (if not his honour) intact.
Here is the legendary and authentic West of Mangas Colorado's Apaches, of Kit Carson, Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, gunfighters and gamblers, scoundrels and Indian belles, enthusiastic widows and mysterious adventuresses. The West as it really was terrifying!
"The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do - winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement." (Sunday Telegraph)
"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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You can't beat Flashy
I love the Flashman books, you get to brush up on your 19th century history whilst being thoroughly entertained by a truly great anti-hero. This adventure takes off right after the ending of Flash for Freedom! (One of my favorite episodes).
Colin Mace makes a decent stab at the narration but he for me his portrayal ultimately fails to truly inhabit the character of Flashman. His voice and performance miss the mark in capturing the searing wit, charm and cowardice of the man. The ultimate Flashman narrator is Timothy West (a fantastic actor who performed 7 of the 12 books) he is head and shoulders above any of the performers who've attempted Flashy. I think it's a great shame his versions of Flashman's adventures seem so hard to come by. If I had my way they would be re-released with West recording the remaining 5 books.
- R. Harper
- Mr. G Brown