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Flash for Freedom! (The Flashman Papers, Book 5) by [Fraser, George MacDonald]
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Flash for Freedom! (The Flashman Papers, Book 5) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 5 of 12 in The Flashman Papers (12 Book Series)

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Praise for the Flashman series
Hilariously funny. The New York Times Book Review
Great dirty fun! Grand Rapids Press
The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next Wonderful and scandalous. Publishers Weekly
Raises dastardliness to the level of an art One of the most amusing and sardonic novels I have ever read! Omaha World
As irreverent and picaresque as Tom Jones and always more dramatic Flashman is a one-man demolition squad! Chicago Today
Marvelously entertaining A delight! Providence Journal"

Praise for the Flashman series
"Hilariously funny."--The New York Times Book Review

"Great dirty fun!"--Grand Rapids Press

"The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time... Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next... Wonderful and scandalous."--Publishers Weekly

"Raises dastardliness to the level of an art... One of the most amusing and sardonic novels I have ever read!"--Omaha World

"As irreverent and picaresque as Tom Jones and always more dramatic... Flashman is a one-man demolition squad!"--Chicago Today

"Marvelously entertaining... A delight!"--Providence Journal

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'His best yet' Auberon Waugh

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1626 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9126
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2011
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NOTE THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AUDIO BOOK ONLY.
I'm one of the few to have actualy read the book and listened to the CDs.
The book is brilliant, fabulous details, great notes and a swift no words wasted read.
The CD book is wonderful that never overstays its 5CD 6 hours listening at all.
Now that's the problem. It's abridged and a whole lot of the book was missed out for example the fabulous detail of Flash's stay on the slave plantation and importantly the interplay between Cassy towards the book's end and their chase from imprisonment is abridged and as an avid reader I miss that detail. If you compare this book with Flashman on the March you will see what I mean.
However if ever a set of books were written to be spoken the Flashman Papers are the tops.
Rupert Perry Jones does a brilliant job, well spoken, great characterisation of the voices especiallt Abraham Lincoln who makes an early entry into the Flashman world (If only the Flashman in the American Civil War had been written what a read that would be with all the hints given here and in Flashman and the Redskins!)
The CDs fairly chug along at a gallop and make a very satisfying car journey wonderful.

You finish the CDs with regret that the tale has ended not the relief you get from some marathom books that overstay their welcome.

Sheer brilliance in a box.
Buy it.
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Mr Fraser seems to be getting better already which each book he writes. Only the third in the series, while he clearly hit his stride already within the first few pages of the first book, this one takes it all higher still.

Thea adventure, rogueishness, comedy and history come, well, flashing at you at high speed. There is little more to say without ruining it: it's great. It's funny, with an exceptional pace and the ultimate magnificent bastard as a main character.

It also, be warned, deals with some of the more unpleasant aspects of slavery - worse than what most people already know, I mean. There's some nasty stuff in there which makes you realise just how evil slavers were, beyond the generic 'well of course they were wrong, weren't then?'.
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Read
Tom Brown's School Days
first before you read this series of books.
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Every Flashman book gets five stars. They never fail to entertain on the highest level. I just wish there were more in this world.
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very good
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Great
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This, the third installment of Flashman, is excellent. They just keep getting better and better. Flashy tries and fails to enter politics, and ends up on a slaver, as only he can, sailing from Africa to America, and then encountering all manner of misfortunes as he tries to make his way home. As usual, he meets many historical figures along the way, to say nothing of plenty of women as well. It's funny and totally politically incorrect, which makes it all the more hilarious, I just hope that doesn't make me a bad person.
An Angel's Alternative
Cold Steel on the Rocks
We Are Cold Steel
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... MacDonald Fraser's skill as a writer and a historian are under-represented. "Flash For Freedom", like all the Flashman series, is beautifully written and the way the author has mixed historical fact with fiction is truly sublime. Extensive footnotes referring to the sources of his imagination reveal that MacDonald Fraser is a thorough researcher and emphasise the huge amount of effort that must have gone in to the creating of the series.
And then of course there's Flashy himself, self-confessed rake and poltroon, not to mention unashamed racist and snob. In this current age of political correctness "Flash For Freedom" is unapologetically outrageous; there is enough fuel here to fan the flames of feminist and Christian fury from now to Kingdom Come!
And yet that, maybe, is MacDonald Fraser's point. Through his protaganist's skewed morality he manages to present a vision of human nature that is troubling and thought provoking. Flashman's world was very different to our own but perhaps not that different underneath it all.....
This book is deeply amusing, thoroughly entertaining and a delight to read. Women may be turned off by Harry Flashman's vulgar and immoral nature, but between the enthralling historical narrative his wanton behaviour will no doubt appeal to the baser instincts of blokes everywhere!
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