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Trouble brewing in the Punjab!,
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This review is from: Flashman and the Mountain of Light (The Flashman Papers, Book 4) (Paperback)
I'm beginning to wonder about Flashman... is he really a work of fiction? I merely ask this because his world is populated by such extrovert characters - sluttish maharanis who perform strip-tease before their troops in order to keep them under control, bandit courtiers whose adventures would be considered preposterous if they appeared in fiction, praying politicians who happily send off their agents to "roger" the opposition in order to manipulate events. All of the characters are larger than life... and REAL! So who's to say that Flashman really IS a work of fiction?
Only joking. Once again George MacDonald Fraser opens up another moment in the history of the nineteenth century, once again he shows us what a fabulous era it was. There's trouble brewing in the Punjab! The natives are stirring and it's no joke because the Khalsi are probably the best army outside Europe and more than a match for the British. The future of the British in India is in the balance... who do you call? Flashman is pushed into the breach... The problem with being thought of as a hero is that you're too cowardly to refuse anything... Our Flashman... what a lad