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Flashman and the War Between the States Hardcover – 1 Jun 2012


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  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Can Write Will Write (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095630284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956302847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,234,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mwmbwls on 1 July 2012
Mr Tighe has made a stab at continuing the saga of Harry Flashman and in so doing shoots his readers in the foot. Following George MacDonald's Fraser inspired idea of swiping a cracking villain but not the hero from Thomas Hughes' "Tom Brown's Schooldays" and asking and answering the question what happened next - continuing the story forward by swiping GMF's hero was always going to be a difficult task. Somehow stealing a hero never seems to work - the James Bond novels not written by Ian Fleming despite being approved by the Fleming estate have never lived up to the originals.Sebastian Faulks writing as Sebastian Faulks in "Birdsong" zaps his "Devil may care" writing as Ian Fleming and the same can be said of Mr Tighe's effort here. I suppose the acid test would be if you did not not who wrote would you have thought it was a long lost GMF manuscript lost behind a bookshelf. For me it's a £9 note. Mr Tighe can (and does) write but he would better if he wrote his story not somebody elses
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookBuff on 21 Jun. 2012
George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series are my favorite books of all time. Like a previous reviewer, I too found this book at a cheap price--cheap enough to give it a try. I read the first few chapters, skimmed through the next few, and didn't bother to read the rest. Mr. Tighe is clearly a fan, not a professional novelist, and this book is the quality of most self-published "fanzines". Apparently GMF failed to copyright his character, and there are a number of these Flashman rip-offs on the market. I also bought "Flashman and the Sea Wolf" (which was actually more of a Hornblower rip-off)--mediocre, but at least I finished it.

My advice to Flashy fans is to try "Scoundrel!" by Keith Thompson (see my review). Thompson is a professional historian and writer who had written a Flashman screenplay and corresponded with GMF, and though his book has nothing to do with Flashman per se, it is written very much in the Flashman style, mixing actual history with humor and sex and high adventure. It takes place during the American Revolution, and the hero is a real-life scoundrel whom Thompson claims could have been a model for Flashman. If anyone is carrying on the Master's legacy, it's Thompson--not these books trading on our hero's bad name.
Scoundrel!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ajt on 12 Jun. 2012
I was surprised to find this on Amazon and was pleased to give it a try. Will not attempt a review in detail yet as I have not yet finished it, but after approx 25% would say that for Flashman fans it is not at all a bad effort to follow George Macdonald Fraser, in both tone and plot. I'll probably add to this in due course. One thing that is unfortunately obvious early on however is that the book is sorely lacking in proof reading; two examples being repeated confusion in the correct use of 'effect' and 'affect' and several references to 'Pontius Pilot'.

My main point of posting this now though is that for anyone interested, although it is not listed on Amazon, I was able to purchase this for the Kindle from a US website (presumably the publisher's site as it was linked to a post by the author on another site) for approximately 1/3 the price of the hardback listed on Amazon ($9.99 = £6.67 at the exchange rate I bought at). I am not naming the site as they are not paying me commission (!) but it was easy enough to find - just google the book title and I navigated to it from one of the links. This definitely made it worth trying at that price.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Reviewer Man on 17 Jun. 2012
A cash in on George Macdonald Fraser's Flashman; contradicts the know Civil war history of Flashman. Should not even be on sale!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Flashman and the War Between the States 25 July 2012
By Daniel Printz - Published on Amazon.com
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I had my doubts going into this but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The author definitely had Flashman's voice down, I was afraid that would be the weakness of the story especially considering that Flashman's version of history is what makes these books so effective and original. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Flashy's dangerous escapades and unfortunate pitfalls while trying to return to England and escape the madness of the Civil War. I'm sure there are skeptics out there who will question the author's attempt at continuing the Flashman legacy but I for one am grateful that someone took it upon themselves to continue telling these stories after George MacDonald Fraser's passing. I can't help but feel that GMF would be glad knowing Flashman lived on. Please, keep them coming.
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Flashman Returns! 13 Sept. 2012
By Alan Trombley - Published on Amazon.com
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I deeply regretted the passing of George MacDonal Fraser. His Flashman books were some of the best escapist reading that I enjoyed over the years. I had always expected that he would get around to writing about Flashman's civil war experiences. It was not to be.

A few weeks ago I discovered the publication og Barry Tighe's FLASHMAN AND THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES. I have greatly enjoyed it. It fills a void in the Flashman saga. Purists may argue it is an imitation, but it is a damn good one. Despite the title, it only covers half of the Civil War. I hope Mr. Tighe is working night and day to complete the next volume.

Many deceased authors (Robert B. Parker and Robert Ludlum for example) have had
their characters continue with new authors. I'm glad that the exploits of Flashman are ongoing.
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A valiant attempt, but not quite up to snuff 17 July 2012
By Eric Oppen - Published on Amazon.com
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I snapped this book up as fast as I could, because I was curious about what Flashy might have been doing in our Civil War. It was mentioned in the original _Flashman Papers_ that he'd been in it, on both sides, but little had been said.

It's all right, but not as good as GMF.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hot Garbage 28 July 2013
By Brian English - Published on Amazon.com
If you're going to ripoff the best series of historical novels of the 20th century, it helps to have the ability to string a couple sentences together. Maybe turn an interesting phrase or two. This is loathsome, self-published tripe. It's Flashman "Fanfic," and all that that implies. In short: it's hot garbage.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Copyright infringement? 29 Jun. 2012
By Low Zoo - Published on Amazon.com
I don't understand how this book can even exist, nor "Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq," also for sale on Amazon. Harry Flashman is almost certainly not a public domain character, nor the novels written by Fraser. Would somebody clarify why this book is being sold?
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