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Flashman in the Peninsula (Adventures of Thomas Flashman) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Brightwell
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This is the third instalment in the memoirs of the Georgian Englishman Thomas Flashman, which were recently discovered on a well-known auction website. Thomas is the uncle of the notorious Victorian rogue Harry Flashman, whose memoirs have already been published, edited by George MacDonald Fraser. Thomas shares many of the family traits, particularly the ability to find himself reluctantly at the sharp end of many major events of his age.

While many people have written books and novels on the Peninsular War, Thomas Flashman’s memoirs offer a unique perspective. They include new accounts of famous battles, but also incredible incidents and characters almost forgotten by history. Flashman is revealed as the catalyst to one of the greatest royal scandals of the nineteenth century which disgraced a prince and ultimately produced one of our greatest novelists. In Spain and Portugal he witnesses catastrophic incompetence and incredible courage in equal measure. He is present at an extraordinary action where a small group of men stopped the army of a French marshal in its tracks. His flatulent horse may well have routed a Spanish regiment, while his cowardice and poltroonery certainly saved the British army from a French trap.

Accompanied by Lord Byron’s dog, Flashman faces death from Polish lancers and a vengeful Spanish midget, not to mention finding time to perform a blasphemous act with the famous Maid of Zaragoza. This is an account made more astonishing as the key facts are confirmed by various historical sources

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    I am a firm believer in the maxim that history is stranger than fiction. There are countless times when I have come across a character or incident that has been so hard to believe that I have had to search out other sources for confirmation. Thomas Cochrane who features in my first book is one of those, his real life adventures seem ridiculously far fetched for a fictional character. The Begum of Samru from my second book is another: a fifteen year old nautch dancer who gained the confidence of an army, had a man literally kill himself over her and who led her soldiers with skill and courage, before becoming something of a catholic saint.

    History is full of amazing stories and in my books I try to do my bit to tell some of them. When I thought of a vehicle to do so, the Flashman series from George MacDonald Fraser came to mind. Most of what I know of the Victorian era was prompted by his books. The concept of a fictional character witnessing and participating in real historical events, while not unique, has rarely been done better.

    George MacDonald Fraser was an exceptional writer and he developed a character that he took from Tom Brown's School Days into a truly legendary figure. While Harry Flashman might not have been a typical Victorian, he certainly brought the period to life. For me the Regency/Napoleonic era was one of even greater colour and extremes and so I have created a new earlier member of the family: Thomas Flashman.

    There are similarities between the generations in that they both have the uncanny knack of finding themselves in the hotspots of their time, often while endeavouring to avoid them. Thomas though is not exactly the same character as Harry Flashman, this is partly accidental and partly deliberate.

    For example Harry Flashman makes prolific use of the 'n' word which will never appear in my work. This is not just political correctness but reflects the different times the two fictional characters occupy. While Harry Flashman in India thrashed and abused the natives; in Thomas' time many British were in business with Indian partners or had Indian wives. The British Resident of Delhi went so far as to marry a harem of thirteen Indian women who used to parade around the city every evening on elephants.

    As several reviewers have pointed out Thomas is not quite the vicious villainous rogue his nephew became, at least in the first book. But the character dvelops more in the subsequent books with increasing levels of skulduggery. The genius of George MacDonald Fraser was to create a spiteful bully that the reader could still relate to. I have tried to convey a character that lived in his time and who balanced cowardice, pride, lust etc with the need to bring the reader with him.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Huzzah! Another triumph! 26 April 2014
    By ChrisM
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    Having reviewed the previous 2 books in this series by RB, I was looking forward to this - and I was not disappointed - a cracking historical romp with our 'new' Flashy.
    As I said in previous reviews - comparisons with GMFs work are inevitable - the title alone ensures this - but I promise that from now on I will try to stop mentally comparing RBs and GMFs creations.
    These new Flashman books are fine creations in their own right and anyone who enjoys this sort of thing would be foolish indeed not to read and enjoy them.
    Mr Brightwell - long may you continue to entertain us - can't wait for your next offering. Many congratulations!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flashy is back! The best so far! 5 Mar. 2014
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    Being an avid fan of the Flashman series (by GMF and RB) and having a keen interest in the Peninsular War, I was really looking forward to Mr Brightwell`s third novel in his Flashman series. It does not disappoint! Great action, incredibly well researched and an absolute delight to read. I cannot wait for the next one! If you have not read the others in the series you have missed out on a treat. If you don't like reading about the adventures of a cad, bounder and womanizer in the middle of one of Britain`s greatest struggle then this might not be your type of book. However I doubt you will be disappointed. Hazzah for Flashman!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Are we certain GMF has gone? 23 April 2014
    By D. Howe
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    I am certain that if the great writer was alive today, this is the book he would have written. I loved the Flashman papers and was as upset as any man was when their editor, George, died, however, in Robert Brightwell, we have a future. Hiw writing is exquisite and his ability to interweave historical detail with satirical text if as good as the big man himself. These stories are as entertaining, educating and exciting as any Macdonald Fraser wrote and you would be a fool not to find this out for yourself.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting adventure through history. 25 Feb. 2014
    By OSG
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    Loved the first two packets of Thomas Flashman and the third did not disappoint.

    Hope Robert doesn't keep us waiting too long for the next installment!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading 17 May 2014
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    first class yarn - with enough of the history to leave one wanting more. Hope that there is more to come.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent novel 7 May 2014
    By Downing
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    Robert has written three of these novels now and for anyone who loves historical fiction and especially the Napoleonic period,they are a great read.I enjoyed his portrayal of the characters in the novel and wish Robert continued success.

    Richard Downing
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flashman In The Peninsula by Robert Brightwell 28 April 2014
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    A great GMF fan I was afraid this might be a second rate attempt to cash in on the reputation of the Flashman books.Instead I found it a most enjoyable read and an entertaining way of learning something of the Peninsular War. Now for Mr. Brightened other books.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    By B6RKY
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    'Bravo' as Thomas Flashman might have said after reading the latest instalment from Robert Brightwell. Or maybe not as I think Thomas might have had his hands too full with other matters to pick up a book! This novel fairly races along as the Author shows him no mercy and throws his anti hero into historical scrapes, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. He seems to be stabbing somebody with a 'weapon' constantly as he falls in and out of trouble. The safest place to be when Thomas is around is as far from him as possible. This is fast, furious, well written and commands your attention throughout. Insites into historical figures of the early 1800's are enlightening and amusing (and probably libalous if they were alive). All of this within a novel which doesn't take itself too seriously whilst giving me the biggest 'belly laugh' I've had in ages with a brillaint one liner from Thomas himself. Flashmans future is Bright(well) and GMF must be smiling down on Robert. Another one soon please!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A good easy read exciting and enjoyable
    Published 1 day ago by satch
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book straight after the previous two and look forward to reading the next one, would recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the Harry Flashman... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by James green
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
    Not GMF but if you enjoy Flashman then this is very readable
    Published 1 month ago by K P Churchley
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... two books of Robert Brightwell's series and found them easy to...
    I've already read the first two books of Robert Brightwell's series and found them easy to digest and great fun. This book is a ripping good read and also most informative. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mr John Burgess
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    Published 2 months ago by stormfinch
    1.0 out of 5 stars This chap cannot spell
    The egregious error in the title put me off buying this book. The noun is Peninsula - without a final 'r' - as in Iberian Peninsula. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Peter Boyle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A good story, imaginative and enjoyable to read.
    Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... of Robert Brightwell's Flashman novels and find them very easy to...
    Have read several of Robert Brightwell's Flashman novels and find them very easy to read, yet containing a wealth of detail so as to make it a story that one can paint the full... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by M. Sapsford
    1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing
    Regrettably a lukewarm volume compared with the GMF oeuvre, but the historical references appeared accurate.
    Published 6 months ago by Ian Wilkinson
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