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.
Flash Harry is back! The first new Flashman novel since Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, this is the long-awaited new installment of the Flashman Papers.
When Sir Harry Flashman, V. C., the celebrated Victorian soldier, scoundrel, amorist, and self-confessed poltroon's memoirs first came to light 30 years ago, the world was finally illuminated about what became of the celebrated cowardly bully from Tom Brown's schooldays.
Now, in addition to the other famous adventures of Flash Harry contained in the Flashman Papers, come three new episodes in the career of this eminent if disreputable adventurer. The title piece touches on two of the most spectacular military actions of the century and sees Flashman pitted against one of the greatest villains of the day and observing, with his usual jaundiced eye, two of its most famous heroes.
As always with George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman's adventures are related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail.
©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"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)
I'm sorry to say Colin Mace is a poor substitute for Timothy West in this latest batch of Flashman novels. There's too many mispronunciations, poor accents and a general lack of the theatre and comic punch I've come to expect from them. Not a great show all round.
I have read Flashman since the first publication and can re-read them all, so I thought to give the audio versions a try. The first I tried was Flashman in the Great Game read by Timothy West. First rate story telling with a "lived in" voice; just right for the story and well read.The I tried Colin Mace,.... oh dear what a disappointment, bad inflection, wrong emphasis and pronunciation, and a voice thirty years too young; why on earth was he considered for these books I don't know, very disappointing.
A very different narrator.
Entertaining. Educational. Well written
The other Flashmans
A lot of reviews comment on how Colin Mace isn't as good as Timothy West etc
I think they are wrong. Mace is superb. His accents and diction are perfect. You can listen to these books for hours without getting tired of his voice.
He plays Flashman as the young to middle aged man that he is in most of the books, rather than some old duffer looking back.
Yes - but life got in the way.
As always - I learned something of history that I did not know and ended up going off and finding out more. The Flashman novels made me interested in many aspects of British history that I knew little about.
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