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Not of the same standard as previous instalments
on 31 July 2009
Having enjoyed the previous Flashman novels, I was expecting the usual treat, an exciting and humorous adventure story.
Yet I was sadly disappointed with this book, it felt stale and terse and was certainly not of the previous high standard set by earlier books.
This is definitely one Flashman that could be dropped from the series which would not be missed.
The historical content and accuracy are second to none as usual, but it is the character relationships and plot that felt `stodgy' thus affecting and interrupting the flow of the story.
I shall continue with the Flashman series as I'm sure the previous excellent reading standard will return with the next book.
Read this book if you are a fan of Flashman but don't expect the usual brilliance.