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Probably the cleverest of all the flashy's,
This review is from: Flashman at the Charge (The Flashman Papers, Book 7) (Paperback)
Flashman at the charge is one of the late George McDonald Fraser's greatest works. The plot, with Flashman being disgraced in London, ending up in the Crimea where he charges with the heavy brigade, stands with the thin red line and then charges with the light brigade before being captured by cossacks and ending up in central asia where he saves India from Russian invasion is a proposterous as you'd imagine.... except it fits all the facts.
The genius of GMF is his historical research. When he wrote the first Flashman the author must have sketched out the plots for 10 books, checked time lines then researched like no other historical researcher ever. Its amazing how many historical photos exist of famous Kings and Generals with an unknow stranger with big cavalry whiskers standing in the background. My father has a painting 'the thin red line' depicting the Highlanders stand at Balaclava... and wouldn'y you know it- there's a big chap with cavalry whiskers in the corner of the picture. It always makes me laugh.
If you've never read Flashy start with 'Flashman' then read this one. Because they're written as packets they stand alone very well.