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Flashman and the Emperor

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Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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This seventh instalment in the memoirs of the Georgian rogue Thomas Flashman reveals that, despite his suffering through the Napoleonic Wars, he did not get to enjoy a quiet retirement. 

Indeed, middle age finds him acting just as disgracefully as in his youth, as old friends pull him unwittingly back into the fray. He re-joins his former comrade in arms, Thomas Cochrane, in what is intended to be a peaceful and profitable sojourn in South America. Instead, he finds himself enjoying drug-fuelled orgies in Rio, trying his hand at silver smuggling and escaping earthquakes in Chile, before being reluctantly shanghaied into the Brazilian navy. Sailing with Cochrane again, he joins the admiral in what must be one of the most extraordinary periods of his already legendary career. 

With a crew more interested in fighting each other than the enemy, they use Cochrane’s courage, Flashman’s cunning, and an outrageous bluff to carve out nothing less than an empire which will stand the test of time.

©2017 Robert Brightwell (P)2020 Henlow Publishing Ltd

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Great romp through history LOL humour

Readers favourite poltroon is up to his finest skulduggery in this great romp through the intwined Chilean, Brazilian and British history. You just have to love Flashman while learning something of history you know little about. Great funny read and love that Flashman lives on.

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  • Shane Hensley
  • 14-09-20

Another great exploration of history

...and a great story too! One of the great aspects of Brightwell's Flashman is he continues the tradition of Fraser's original Flashy tales--he's a rascal and a scoundrel--but Thomas is also *just a little bit better.* I find it refreshing, and it reasserts here and there that this truly is a different character.

One of the things I love about *both* series is learning about an era and events I knew little to nothing of, and this one delivers as usual. Brightwell does an amazing job immersing you in the history and cultures of early 19th century South America and the complex racial and political relationships Thomas and Admiral Cochrane must navigate. All while telling an excellent and exciting story along the way. I can't recommend these books highly enough.

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  • Ian G. Drake
  • 03-06-20

Another great adventure

These books just keep getting better. I love how the author puts flashman in the thick of relatively obscure history. Great performance. The worst part is the waiting between book releases!