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Flashman and the Knights of the Sky (Flashback Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Moore
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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1906. Harry Flashman, grandson of the famous Victorian General is about to leave Rugby under a cloud. A chip off the old block, one might say. Perhaps more than he realised. Forced to join the army, up to no good at Sandhurst and sent to India.

1914. India. Bored with garrison life, an unwise gamble leads to a flight in one of these new aeroplanes. As a result, and surprisingly smitten by aviation, Flashman returns to England via Sarajevo, intending to learn to fly. Meanwhile, Europe is convulsed.

Displaying all his charming family traits, he is caught up in the start of the Great War, shanghaied along the way by the head of the fledgling Secret Service. Fighting for his life over the western front in a box of string and dope, sent beyond the lines on reckless missions for C, terrified out of his wits, dashing for cover, deflowering the local maidens, lying, stealing and generally behaving badly, Flashman gives his honest account of his life as an RFC pilot and sometime secret agent. From the birth of aerial fighting, to the first day on the Somme, from dropping bombs on the enemy, to duelling in the skies with Immelmann, from the nocturnal secrets of enemy spies, to murder on the streets of St Omer, Flashman lives up to his family name, emerging quivering but alive and reputation intact from the maelstrom of total war in Europe.

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About the Author

Born in 1968, I grew up near the World War 2 fighter station at Biggin Hill which triggered a lifelong love of aviation and military history. I have been fortunate enough to spend my life flying, mainly as an airline pilot, a job which has also provided the spare time to indulge myself with another hobby, writing. After the death of George MacDonald Fraser and the realisation that there would be no more episodes in the Flashman saga, I decided that I would have to write the next one myself, and that I have done. It is of course an enormous liberty I am taking by doing this. Maybe worthy of the great fraud himself! I only hope that if you read it, you will also think it worthy.... and more importantly an enjoyable story in itself

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  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Born in 1968, I grew up near the World War Two fighter station at Biggin Hill which triggered a lifelong love of aviation and military history. I have been fortunate enough to spend my life flying, mainly as an airline pilot, a job which has also provided the spare time to indulge myself with another hobby, writing. After the death of George MacDonald Fraser and the realisation that there would be no more episodes in the Flashman saga, I decided that I would have to write the next one myself, and that I have done.
It is of course an enormous liberty I am taking by doing this. Maybe worthy of the great fraud himself! I hope only that if you read it, you will also think it worthy..... And more importantly an enjoyable story in itself.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 19 Mar. 2013
By Mokamo
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Well written, good story, does credit to the Flashman name. Looking forward to the next one hopefully in the not too distant future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A right ripping yarn!! 20 Mar. 2013
By sly
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Flashman, (the delectable cad and represensible bounder), is back!! Well written and thoroughly enjoyable; a reserection worthy of a place alongside the orginal Flashman tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashy' s Back....!! 7 Oct. 2013
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A right riveting rip roaring romp of a tale with the junior Flashman fighting the dastardly hun over the skies of wartime France as a Captain in the RFC, and fighting for his life in all manner of scrapes involving the Serbian secret Service. As Flashman discovers the true nature of his heritage and illustrious lineage we accompany the archetypal bounder on a terrific journey. The story is well written, fast paced and brilliantly researched, with the aerial combat scenes over the Somme trenches particularly vividly described. Moore writes a cracking book and I can't wait for his next volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 18 Mar. 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

The author has treated the Flashman saga with respect, yet not tried to copy the work of the great master himself. Can't wait to read more of the same and hope they are coming very soon!

Well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but dry 23 Sept. 2013
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This is an decent take on the Flashman franchise with an interesting reference to the original "manuscripts". I found it a little dry in places but well written. I have enjoyed the new Flashman adventures by Robert Brightwell more but I did quite like this. I would buy another book by Mr Moore. Given the option I would probably have upgraded by rating to 3.5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biggles Flies Undone 1 Aug. 2015
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t seems that re-boots of the Flashman franchise are the current trend. No sooner had I posted my review of Robert Brightwell’s mediocre “Flashman And The Sea Wolf” than I came across this version by Paul Moore, “Flashman And The Knights”.
This story merges the Flashman of old with my childhood hero Biggles, though I can’t recall Biggles ever being chased out of a French brothel pursued by a naked madame who was trying to shoot him! Does it do justice to George MacDonald Fraser’s (GMacF) orginal? Yes and no. It is certainly better than Brightwell’s. This version has Harry Flashman the grandson (or is he?) of the old General inheriting the Flashman Papers, amongst other things, and discovering that he is a chip off the old block, so to speak. After getting into trouble at Rugby School by blowing up a statue on Speech Day he is forced into the army, ends up in the 1st Bengal Lancer’s (Skinners Horse) where we join him as he discovers a love of flying the new-fangled flying machines.
As he returns to Blighty he witnesses the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand while on the way to join the newly formed Royal Flying Corps (RFC) where he’s just in time to join in the fun that is the First World War (FWW). The “Knights” referred to in the title are the “Knights Of The Air” as the early RFC pilots were dubbed in some jingoistic newspapers of the day. Moore’s depiction of the FWW is very authentic and accords with other books I have read on the subject. He makes the odd visit to the trenches to tell us what they were like but mainly tells the story from the air, where he sees the rows of bodies strung out in their ranks on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Unfortunately Moore falls into much the same trap as Brightwell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but some reservations 9 Sept. 2013
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I enjoyed GMF's original Flashman series and regularly revisit them. Like many other fans of the series I was saddened that the author passed away before documenting the gaps in Flashman's life (particularly the American civil war) and have greeted the recent swath of Flashman inspired books with both hope and dread.

Paul Moore's offering is one of the better ones. I enjoyed reading it and it had many good ideas but the author seemed to be cramming too much into a single volume. The younger Flashman's early life (Rugby and India) is rushed through to allow the author to get to WW1 and this may backfire as there is little scope to development this period (GMF was the master of the throwaway comment hinting about his hero's exploits). The development of villains is also limited. The author has some with great potential (Von Richthofen and Goering) but they only play a limited part and do not leap into the imagination like GMF's Bismark and Von Starnberg.

Overall an enjoyable read and worth the price I paid. I would certainly try a second volume if one is released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read 13 Jan. 2014
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A good yarn with great historical research that pleasingly covers a subject matter rarely touched upon in my experience. Entertaining throughout, interesting Sir Harry plot lines, and many avenues left to explore for future books. I look forward to the next instalment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chip off the old block
I read the original Flashman and McAusland books years ago ,so was interested to see that someone had taken GMF's mantle to continue the demeanour of the Flashman heirs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie Francis
3.0 out of 5 stars ... wants to jump on the bandwagon he should do better than this
If a writer wants to jump on the bandwagon he should do better than this. Might be OK for someone who has never heard of Flashy.
Published 5 months ago by musical wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars GMF has given me laughter and a charachter that one can truly love if...
I came to this with trepidation. GMF has given me laughter and a charachter that one can truly love if not admire. Paul Moore has brought us his Grandson. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mick C.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Could not wait to finnish this crap
Published 8 months ago by Ronald Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, I realy enjoyed from cover to cover
If you have read all of George McDonald Frasier's Flashman books, then this should be your next read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars More Flashman!
A good read , cracking stuff on WW1 great insights, but when did Flashman become a Stuart, and what's with the San Grial
Published 11 months ago by Lucas James Manley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service
Published 12 months ago by keith holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm surprised to find that, as a Flashman fan, how good this book is.
It's in the style of George Macdonald Fraser and also I particularly like the potted history at the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cecil
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read with a pleasantly quirky look at the early days of...
Whet's ones appetite for further adventures. I hope there's more to come from this author ,a great mixture of fanciful adventure with the reassuring background of well reseached... Read more
Published 14 months ago by dave lawes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not this time Flash
This isn't the Flashman I remember - they say never go back - but I had to give it a go.
Published 19 months ago by Johne
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