Summary

Following the popularity of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, the Victorian scoundrel who got himself embroiled in many events of his age, this book introduces a new generation of the family: Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane. This book covers the start of Cochrane's career including the most astounding single ship action of the Napoleonic war. Thomas Flashman provides a unique insight as danger stalks him like a persistent bailiff through a series of adventures that prove history really is stranger than fiction.
©2012 Robert Brightwell (P)2016 Henlow Publishing Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By stickleback on 30-06-17

Brilliant addition to the Flashman universe

A cracking novel that follows in the style of the more famous Harry Flashman stories.

After the initial scene setting this book really gathers pace when the action moves abroad. I've read all 6 of the books in this series & was really pleased to find that they are starting to be turned into audio versions. The mixture of historical accuracy & fiction always makes for an interesting & pleasurable story & clearly demonstrates that Robert Brightwell knows this time period and can write a good tale based on it. Thoroughly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By paul on 28-05-17

Not the same as original Flashy but entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Seawolf the most enjoyable?

Came across some historical characters I had not heard of before

What did you like best about this story?

It carefully wove the fiction and historical events together. I checked on most and the book was clearly well researched. Not as comedic as GMFs Flashman but an interesting start setting the scene for a good series hope the other books are put on audible

Have you listened to any of Henry Clore Harrison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not listened to others

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

listened on the commute to work but could have done this in 1 or 2 sittings

Any additional comments?

Hope the rest of the series is made available soon

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 20-09-17

Great Historical Novel

George MacDonald Fraser wrote the original Flashman series about the Victorian Harry Flashman. This is a spin-off about Thomas Flashman whose career covered the Napoleonic era. The spin-off is written by Robert Brightwell. This is a historical novel. The protagonist is placed in a historical situation that includes the real people. One of the most famous was Admiral Thomas Cochrane (1789-1872) 10th Earl of DunDonald. Captain Cochrane was a daring Royal Navy officer in the Napoleonic War. Napoleon called him “Le Loup de Mers”.

Thomas Flashman is the uncle of Harry Flashman. Thomas is a spy courier and is to take forged letters to Spain to trick the Spanish Fleet to leave the Cadiz Harbor. The ship that is to take him is the HMS Speedy captained by Thomas Cochrane.

The book is well written and full of historical details. The story is full of action and suspense. Brightwell is a good storyteller and, in my opinion, he would have been better off having this book stand on its own instead of a Flashman spin-off.

The book is eight hours long. Henry Clove Harrison does a good job narrating the book. This is my first experience with Harrison as a narrator and the author Brightwell.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shane Hensley on 28-08-17

Excellent continuation of Fraser's work!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Robert Brightwell seems to be channeling George MacDonald Fraser from beyond the grave. It's perhaps slightly less bawdy, and the new Thomas Flashman isn't quite the coward his nephew turned out to be (so far, anyway), but it's a spot-on spiritual successor. I can't WAIT to listen to the rest.

What other book might you compare Flashman and the Seawolf to and why?

This fits perfectly in the Fraser series, in my humble opinion.

What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?

I miss David Case (who narrated the original series), but Harrison does a fantastic job and I was engrossed every minute of the performance.

If you could take any character from Flashman and the Seawolf out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Cochrane. What an amazing individual. I plan on ordering his autobiography today. :)

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Mr. Brightwell, for doing such a great job not just capturing Fraser and Flashman's adventures, but carrying on the expert historical research that really brings this series alive. Can't wait to read / listen to the rest. :)

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