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Enjoyable but watered down Flashman.,
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This review is from: Flashman and the Seawolf (Kindle Edition)
This is a well written and researched book, using the same template of GMF in having his character meeting real life people e.g. Thomas Cocharane and taking part in actual events such as a duel on Malta. This in itself requires skill and a deft touch and this book is a promising start. Set during the Napoleonic wars this book and subsequent ones in this series have a rich vein of history and historical characters to play with. No doubt he'll meet Nelson and Wellington in future books. This particular Flashman is supposedly a forebear of GMF's Harry Flashman, but he's not as much of a coward, bully or poltroon. This watered down Flashman therefore disappoints on that score. As result of political correctness he doesn't treat the natives with as much invective e.g the N word is never used and there's not enough sex. A modern alternative I've found is Distant Annihilation: A Great Game Thriller. Most of "Flashman and the Seawolf" is set on ships. There are enough nautical references to give you a feeling of authenticity, without overwhelming the reader with too many sailing terms. The battle scenes are well described and on the whole it's an excellent read and a good page turner.