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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (30 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007217188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007217182
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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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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'Flashman is a wonderful creation, by a master storyteller. We'll forever delight in his evil antics' JEFFREY ARCHER

‘Politically incorrect, lascivious and fiendishly handsome, Flashman is the greatest ’ BORIS JOHNSON

‘Flashman is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a rogue, a lover, and always an irresistible read’ BERNARD CORNWELL

‘Flashman, Sherlock Holmes, Toad of Toad Hall, Bertie Wooster. Any writer would give his eye-teeth to have created a character as good as those. GMF was one of the greats’ CONN IGGULDEN

‘The perfect fictional creation’ TONY PARSONS

‘A first-rate historical novelist’ KINGSLEY AMIS

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“Forward the Light Brigade'”
Was there a man dismayed?

Indeed there was. As the British cavalry prepare to launch themselves against the Russian guns at Balaclava, Harry Flashman was not so much dismayed as terrified. But the Crimea was only the beginning: beyond lay the snowbound wastes of the great Russian slave-empire, torture and death from relentless enemies, headlong escapes, savage tribal hordes to the right of him, passionate and beautiful females to the left of him, and finally that almost unknown but desperate war on the roof of the world, when India was the prize, and there was nothing to stop the armed might of Imperial Russia but the wavering sabre and terrified ingenuity of old Flashy himself.

"Vintage Flashman…recommended"
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"Superbly funny"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
The standard of the entire Flashman-series is incredibly high, but this must surely be one of the best installments. As usual Flashman is - however unwillingly - in the thick of legendary military actions, and doesn't shrink from helping us to his opinion of well-known historical figures such as Raglan ('the old fool'), Cardigan ('lecherous villain') and a score of others.

This is superb entertainment for anyone even remotely interested in history, and if you fail to appreciate the politically (very) incorrect humour well damn your eyes! ;-)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Arty on 19 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I confess to having read all of the Flashman books. They are all brilliant, some slightly more so than others. This (in my opinion) is one of his best tales. The feeling that you are with Flashy all the way is sometimes palpable, especially during the build up to the Charge of the Light Brigade. I felt as if I was there, hearing the creak of saddles and the jingle of harnesses, in the moments before the charge. The writing is at times very fine indeed: undoubtedly people will be reading these books in a 100 years time. They are classics and they are hilariously funny.
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In this fourth packet of the Flashman Papers, our man Flash finds himself in the thick of the Crimean War, including the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. Flash endures the regettable Lord Haw-Haw, the Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge (although Lord Raglan deserves at least some of the blame for that fiasco). The reader is introduced to William Howard Russell, the famous Times of London who invented modern war reporting (the generals didn't like having a reporter around then either).

Harry also spends some not altogether unpleasant time in captivity in Russia - although a near encounter with the Russian knout leaves him with severe dyspepsia. Later Flash escapes, but ends up in in a Russian dungeon with Central Asian chieftain Yakub Beg and the warrior Izzat Kutebar. Rescued by Beg's people, Flashy shows some shocking signs of acting entirely honourably and contrary to his self-interest, but his odd behaviour is soon explained.

If you are unfamiliar with the Flashman series, each book is a packet from the supposedly historical Flashman Papers. Flashman is a character of fictional history twice over, first in 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' published in 1857 and now in the George MacDonald Fraser's rediscovery. Fraser makes Flashman not only a cad, but also a reluctant and serial war hero. If you ever start to think Flashman has turned over a new leaf, just keep reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clive P L Young on 7 Jun. 2008
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Its beginning to look like the superbly structured Flash for Freedom!, this book's immediate predecessor, was the high point of the series. Flashman gets three-and-a-half stars just for being Flashman, of course, but this tale starts at a leisurely pace before bursting into action at Balaclava, then tailing off again. Those who have read the series so far will be familiar with our anti-hero's historic tourism, romping through bit-parts in the major events of the nineteenth century. This time it is the Charge of the Light Brigade. It has to be said GMF writes battle and action scenes brilliantly, though in this case a detailed knowledge of the Crimean campaign, characters, and controversies (or at least access to Wikipedia) would be helpful. The Charge is a hard act to follow and for the rest of the book, Flashman more-or-less meanders eastwards, getting into various scrapes. There are a few exciting set pieces, of course, and some interesting insights into the brutality of Imperial Russia, and its expansionist ambitions. GMF's meticulous research shines a revealing light on more recent events. The ending, as Flashman returns `home' to India is satisfying, too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chubs on 21 Oct. 2006
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I love the George MacDonald Fraser Flashman series and this is my favourite one - the Great Game being second. The historical accuracy is spot on as usual and the books always keep me laughing and thoroughly amused all the way through! Not going to bother going into all the detail, plots etc.. because the simple message is that you need to buy a Flashman book and from one keen reader to another I promise you you will not regret it. Read it now!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy (aaamack@omantel.net.om) on 30 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
A hugely enjoyable read as we follow our 'hero' to the Crimea and Central Asia where he gets embroiled in all sorts of capers. Intent on one course of action, Flashy, as usual, ends up doing quite another and, as usual, comes up 'smelling of roses'
In places this is the best of the 'Flashman' novels I have read (I've currently read the first four). The first third of the book are excellent, detailing as it does Flashman's Crimean War memoirs, but the later sections detailing his
imprisonment in a Russian house, and later, his exploits as a member of a Central Asian tribe fighting Russian encroachment is somewhat less inspired.
The story briefly starts with our 'hero' preparing for war by trying to hide away in the Board of Ordance, but unfortunately for him he is made the guardian of a German Prince, Prince William of Celle, who is studying the art of soldiering, so off to the Crimea he must go.
Once in the Crimea, Flashy, who is employed as a 'galloper' (messenger) is witness to some of the great battles of British military history. He gets caught up in the Battle of the Alma, where unfortunately his charge, the hapless and randy William is killed. But what happens later firmly plants Flashy as one of the great warriors of the British Army; ever !
Whilst trying desperately to avoid any hint of danger, Flashy inadvertently finds himself, not only present at the Battle of Balaclava, but becoming an integral part of it. He becomes a member of the 'Thin Red Line', one of General Scarlett's Heavy Brigade, charging uphill into the Russian cavalry and later, most famously, as one of 'the six hundred' who charge the Russian guns at the North Valley, better known as the 'Valley of Death' in what passed into legend as, 'the Charge of the Light Brigade'.
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