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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (21 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007210965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007210961
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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‘Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter…It is the verve of the story-telling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory’ Sunday Telegraph

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In this second volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting -fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders. Courtesans and prize-chambermaids crowd the pages of his memoirs, while old Flashy scuttles nimbly from cover to cover.

‘Fraser is a natural story-teller…Flashy is a wonderful character’

‘MacDonald Fraser falls into what these days is an exclusive group: the storyteller who can write’
D J TAYLOR,' Sunday Times '

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 17 Nov. 2013
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The second instalment in the exploits of the most fascinating of characters, Harry Flashman, begins as the first finishes in 1842, but then leaps forward to a period some 4 years later.

Flashy, fortuitously lauded after his yellow-bellied antics at the First Afghan War has become somewhat of a national hero, having been decorated by the Queen, and though he has clearly done nothing to deserve it, he will certainly not complain. Flash is still married to the beautiful but vacant Elspeth, who he now concedes is cheating on him ('You would never have thought, to see her angelic face, golden hair, and expression of idiotic innocence, that she was the biggest trollop that ever wore out a mattress'). After escaping a police raid on a brothel in London, Flash is rescued by Spanish dancer Lola Montez (and future mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria), insulting a young Otto Von Bismarck ('foul-mouthed foreign dog!') in the process. Flash beds her, naturally, and years later he accepts an offer he can't refuse and follows her to Munich. Yet again his propensity for wanton fornication lands him in deep water and he unwittingly becomes embroiled in an evil plan devised by the dastardly Otto, to swap him with a Danish Prince to satisfy his own political agenda.

MacDonald Fraser writes with the same wit and dedication to historical accuracy that made the first volume such a joy to read. Royal flash is just as damned funny and informative, if not more so. It has in fact encouraged me to read up on this period of history and particularly about the quite incredible story of legendary femme-fatale Lola Montez, from her Irish beginnings to Countess of Landsfeld.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "russellpalmer2" on 20 Mar. 2003
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If 'Flashy' played for England, we would all be singing, 'There's only one Harry Flashman.' As any reader of this type of novel will know, protagonists of this kind do not come along too often. Having discovered 'The Flashman Papers' a few years ago; our cowardly cad in 'Royal Flash' never fails to impress.
After being lured away from London, the dishonest poltroon is made an offer that even he cannot refuse. The chance to impersonate Royalty and sample the regal life, in return for a tidy sum. But as 'Flashy' discovers, there is no such thing as an easy ride. Finding himself once again embroiled in deceit, intrigue and giddy-up passion - he displays his quick thinking and utter resourcefulness when confronted with the malevolent Statesman Bismarck.
There is certainly something special about Harry Flashman. Is it his talent for self-preservation that we admire, or his natural ability to be the number one love rat? Personally, I think more of us can associate with him than would care to admit. Squirming through life in his usual disastrous way, he somehow lives to shirk another day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 26 Jan. 2009
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At the beginning of this book, the plot appeared to be a little bit unbelievable and I wondered whether it was going to be a successful and engaging story. Could Flashman pose as Royalty for a sustained period of time? Would it work?

I can definitely say that it did, this book was highly entertaining and outrageously funny. I love this author's writing style which is superbly original. Flashman reminiscing in his old age of his younger more adventurous years almost makes you feel/believe that he is a real person from history it's a superb literary feat.

As ever, the author's notes at the back of the book summarise the real event to which Flashman refers to in the novel. This gives the reader a snippet of true historical fact to supplement and enhance the story.

I'm certainly glad I have read this book and will continue with this series with high expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 12 Feb. 2013
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Flashman is a cad, without a care for anybody but himself, but at least he is truthful about it. `Royal Flashman' is the second (3rd chronologically) in George MacDonald Fraser's tales of the cowardly hero and the best I have read yet. This time Flashy must travel to Germany where he thinks he is off for a treat with a certain seductress, only to become wrapped up in a conspiracy that could have been ripped from the pages of `The Prisoner of Zenda' (and probably was). `Royal' is a slower paced Flashman novel than previous outings and is based in fewer locations. For this reason I think it may just be the best.

As always `Royal' is told as if Flashman is retelling the tales of his youth via his papers, filtering through Fraser. Whilst other books in the series have Harry running away from one perilous situation to another, this time Flashman has little choice, but to head into trouble. There is a certain charm to Flashman's caddishness and this is apparent more than ever in `Royal'. He admits freely to be a coward, selfish, whoremonger etc. but this upfront nature means that you can't help but forgive him a little. At one point he even berates himself for going a little too far.

With the character of Harry Flashman becoming far more rounded in this book, Fraser is able to concentrate on the adventure itself. The story of swapped identities is a great one, only improved by the fact that Flashman was only heading over to Germany for carnal reasons in the first place. It is Fraser`s eye for historic detail that raises the entire `Flashman' series of book and this is the case again here. The powder keg of a divided Germany is ready for Flashman to light the fuse.
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