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Flash for Freedom! (The Flashman Papers, Book 5)

Flash for Freedom! (The Flashman Papers, Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

George MacDonald Fraser
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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“The Flashman books bristle with action…and they are very, very funny.”
The Times

“George Macdonald Fraser is going great guns, and, happy thought, he still has some fifty years of the rascal’s misdeeds to regale us with.”
Daily Telegraph


'His best yet' Auberon Waugh

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9126
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author of the famous 'Flashman Papers' and the 'Private McAuslan' stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numerous films, most notably 'The Three Musketeers', 'The Four Musketeers', and the James Bond film, 'Octopussy'. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashy - A Role Model For The New Millenium? 15 Mar 2003
... MacDonald Fraser's skill as a writer and a historian are under-represented. "Flash For Freedom", like all the Flashman series, is beautifully written and the way the author has mixed historical fact with fiction is truly sublime. Extensive footnotes referring to the sources of his imagination reveal that MacDonald Fraser is a thorough researcher and emphasise the huge amount of effort that must have gone in to the creating of the series.
And then of course there's Flashy himself, self-confessed rake and poltroon, not to mention unashamed racist and snob. In this current age of political correctness "Flash For Freedom" is unapologetically outrageous; there is enough fuel here to fan the flames of feminist and Christian fury from now to Kingdom Come!
And yet that, maybe, is MacDonald Fraser's point. Through his protaganist's skewed morality he manages to present a vision of human nature that is troubling and thought provoking. Flashman's world was very different to our own but perhaps not that different underneath it all.....
This book is deeply amusing, thoroughly entertaining and a delight to read. Women may be turned off by Harry Flashman's vulgar and immoral nature, but between the enthralling historical narrative his wanton behaviour will no doubt appeal to the baser instincts of blokes everywhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flashy the pragmatic poltroon strikes again! 3 May 2005
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What can I say other than this is a fantastic read? Well I could mention that it has the notorious Harry Flashman, hero of Jallalabad, cricketer-gentleman, slaver, abolitionist, poltroon and bully up to his usual mischief. Wrongly accused of cheated, he escapes, but as usual the Fates weave a classically ripping yarn and we find our anti-hero experiencing both sides of the slavery coin. If you're fed up with the political correctness being taken to ludicrous degrees, then Flashman is the man to whom you must turn. Refreshingly Victorian I cannot bestow any higher honour on Fraser's writing than to say that of all the characters ive read in my life, he is the one of the few whom I genuinely admire.... but maybe thats a bad thing!
As ive said of other Flashman books, this is top notch - you must read at least one of these books otherwise you are really missing out. Flash for Freedom is definetly a 5/5 and 10/10, it is truly memorable. If I could vote, id make the man king!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Heaven 15 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don't think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters... but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry-Jones.
I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i dont start talking like a Victorian cad whilst going to the bar to get a drink.

If you love the books and have not tried the audio format yet do so, i promise you its a whole new way to experience the world of Flashman, and if you are new to the Man...go will love him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect comedy/adventure 10 Oct 2009
This, the third Flashman book in order of publication - it is preceded by ROYAL FLAH and the first one, FLASHMAN - is the best yet. It is an extraordinary combination of wit, historical authenticity and a brilliance of writing that quite probably has no peer. Harry Flashman needs to get away from England, and finds himself on a slaving-ship bound for West Africa, where he has several frightening adventures. Then he is sailed across the Atlantic to pre- Civil War America, where the tension continues unabated. Indeed, there is no writer more adept at creating and handling tension than George MacDonald Fraser. There are moments of terror here that would do credit to the imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Balancing this always is a feel for high comedy that recalls PG Wodehouse, and running through it all is the most consummate style: every word counts, and Fraser never falters in his flawless delivery. He is one of the major writers of the age, far too good to be amongst the Booker Prize winners. Read him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shiver me timbers. 13 April 2007
Fantastic! It is impossible not to give any Flashman a 5 out of 5 and this one certainly does not disappoint.

Who would have thought that a simple game of pontoon with the ladies could have led to the latest enstalment of trouble that our Anti Hero Lt Harry Flashman manages to get himself into.

Its a rollercoaster ride that takes Flashman on a slave boat owned by his father in law, firstly to the West Coast of Africa and then, not without incident across the atlantic,chased by the US Navy, to New Orleans and then on the run through the new world as our resident coward and womaniser attempts to make his way to his beloved Enland without getting intered by the authorities, shot by aggrieved husbands or forced into marriage by large breasted brothel owners. A Flashman book would not be the same without running into notable characters in history, and believe me, as normal you will not be disappointed. This is a hugely funny book, and although it has an important message regarding our history, it gives this message without taking us away from the reason we are reading this book, and this is to have fun. Believe me you will have fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
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Published 4 months ago by stymie
4.0 out of 5 stars Book got better the more you read it
I found the start of the book hard work but after a couple of chapters the story really got going and was really enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Flash!
The Flashmen books are great fun and this one is no exception - would definitely recommend for a rollicking good read!
Published 8 months ago by Caractacus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I enjoy Flashman books so this was what I wanted. Even less politically correct than some of the others but probably a true reflection of prevalent attitudes at the time and in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PT
5.0 out of 5 stars If ever there was a thoughtful set of tales to put onto film.....
Brilliantly written and researched (as per usual).

Perfect mix of history, drama, tension and humour (as per usual). Read more
Published 9 months ago by BeeGee
5.0 out of 5 stars Real history - Tolstoy would approve
I've read them all, loved every minute and learnt some proper history in the process. Flashy is a devil, but the politics of the time, and the freedoms at stake, required an honest... Read more
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