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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (The Flashman Papers, Book 9) by [Fraser, George MacDonald]
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'The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do – winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement.' Sunday Telegraph

‘Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman.’ Sunday Times

‘Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them.’ Washington Post

‘A first-rate historical novelist’ Kingsley Amis

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If only Flashman had got on with his dinner and ignored the handkerchief dropped by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel … well, American history might have been different, a disastrous civil war might have been avoided, and Flash Harry himself would have been spared one of the most hair-raising adventures of his misspent life. If only … but alas, the arch-rotter of the Victorian age could never resist the lure of a pretty foot and this latest extract from The Flashman Papers soon finds him careering towards the little Virginian town of Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown and his gang of rugged fanatics were to fire the first shot in the great war against slavery.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9J82
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
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Basically about Flashman getting his nuts in the pickle again, and emerging with undeserved kudos.
I'm a dedicated Flashman reader, and until this one thoroughly enjoyed every one of 'em; so much so I've not only re-read them umpteen times, but also recently re-read them in chronological order, and whilst doing so have considerably increased my knowledge of Victorian history. Much of the enjoyment has been that the subject matter of each book has been interesting- until this one came along.
Unless you're American, you've probably never heard of John Brown (other than in the song, and even then it's a little known song these days). It's not a bad book as such, but an enormous shame that now the author is getting on in years he didn't write about Rorke's Drift (but this is covered a little in the latest excellent "Flashman and the Tiger") , or the Alamo, or one of a number of more interesting and better known historical episodes hinted at in earlier works in the series. I hate to say it but this is just a Flashman Formula book, a sort of "Flashman by numbers" if you will. It doesn't improve much with re-reading either, and I'm afraid that if it weren't for a few minor episodes within the story which link in to other Flashman novels, I probably wouldn't even recommend it to fellow Flashman followers. Don't let this put you off the others though, as with the slight exception of "Royal Flash" they're the most enduringly enjoyable novels I've ever read!
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This is one of the best of the later Flashman novels, and very much overlooked compared to the earlier ones. I picked this novel up for the second time after an 18 year gap. I had vague memories of Harper's Ferry and the USA again, after two previous adventures in that country. Happily, the pleasure of rediscovery was at work.

MacDonald Fraser propels Flashman into the habitual misadventures we have so come to enjoy. My particular enjoyment of this novel is ignited by the quality of writing. GMF was always a fine etcher of people' their quirkiness, vitality, physical embodiment and extraordinary miscalculation of Flashman himself. In this novel, all these qualities are at their highest standard. Forget what some fans say about this novel belonging to the lesser tier of Flashman novels, it's right up there with the best.
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As usual, Macdonald Fraser gives a racy and amusing story-line, with the aim of explaining real historical events. I knew next to nothing about John brown and Harper's Ferry, which I now understand was a critical event in US history: I now feel I've almost been there!
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Flashman is always worth reading but I have to say that I found this the least compelling: in fact the only one which failed to keep me reading straight through. This is not intended to belittle the achievement- one less than brilliant is hardly unexpected.
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Now I'm sure you all know that I love the Flashman Series and consider George MacDonald Fraser to be our equivalent of Dumas so it'll come as no surprise to find that I really enjoyed this book. What surprised me is how "serious" it was. Oh yes, there's still those moments of totally insane and ribald humour as our poor hero falls from one frying pan into another - quite often as a result of his own inability to control his lustful character but, and here's the meat of the matter, this is a very serious book at times. I almost felt I was reading a real history, about the situation in the United States just before the Civil War and leading up to John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry. Poor Flashman tries his hardest to prevent the act but... even when he's being good, the fates are against him.
Once more this is a cracking read; informative and entertaining. But I'm fast running out of Flashmans... how will I ever be able to cope?
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Like most of the reviewers for this title, I am also a big fan of Flashman. However, this offering is not up to GMF's usual standard.
In the first half of the book, by a series of absurd coincidences, Flashman finds himself forced into participating in the attack on Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859 with Ol' John Brown. It appears that the author is trying his hand at a somekinf of political farce as Flashy bounces from misfortune to misfortune, but it comes across as far fetched and messy, and Flashman is not his usual toadying cowardly self and doesn't react the way to situations that we have come to expect from our lily-livered anthero. However, it does give an interesing insight in to abolitionist politics of the time.
From the moment that John Brown's gang (and Flashy) arrive in Virginia, however, the book notches up several gears and is pure Flashman, out to save his own skin and womanising at every opportunity.
The historical context and educational value is as ever, excellent (the charactersiation of John Brown is especially excellent), and the second half of the book makes up for the first, but not the best Flashman offering.
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The Angel of the Lord of this volume of the Flashman papers is none other than the (in?)famous John Brown, who with his raid on Harper's Ferry provided one of the major sparks to ignite the powder keg of the U.S. civil war.

It should come as no surprise to fellow-addicts that Flashman knew John Brown (and Jeb Stuart, and Lee, and a score of others), and was even present at Harper's Ferry. The how and why - needless to say: not at Flashy's own bidding - is dealt with at large in this novel, in Fraser's inimitable style: at times serious, but most of the time extremely laughable and humouristic.

Another Flashman-novel that both informs and entertains, what more could one ask for? Get it and enjoy.
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