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5.0 out of 5 stars
First-class stuff!, 5 Sept. 2005
I must confess, I am a newcomer to the world of Flashman, speaking relatively. I was hooked by Flashman in the Great Game and have worked my way backwards to make my third adventure this one.
Despite carefully lying low at the Board of Ordanance as war with Russia rears its head, Flashy finds the German Prince William of Celle under his charge, and their destination is to the frontlines of Crimea. Young Willy unfortunately loses his life at the Battle of the Alma, but with the allied effort pushing forward, Flashman is stuck amongst the action. Although being attacked by a savage Russian pox of severe wind, he is merely a message galloper and enjoys relative safety. Or so he believes. Events see him inadvertently standing fast with the Highlanders at the Thin Red Line, joining the Heavy Brigade in counter-attack and roped into the famous Charge of the Light Brigade, throwing themselves against the Russian guns, and that's where his immense (unintentional) bravery leads him into Russian hands...
A stunning Flashman book, full of the usual wit, writing skill and superb understanding of historical fact found in G. M. Fraser's most excellent series.