Flashman at the Charge (The Flashman Papers, Book 7) Paperback – 30 Jul 2015
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From the Back Cover
“Forward the Light Brigade'”
Was there a man dismayed?
Indeed there was. As the British cavalry prepare to launch themselves against the Russian guns at Balaclava, Harry Flashman was not so much dismayed as terrified. But the Crimea was only the beginning: beyond lay the snowbound wastes of the great Russian slave-empire, torture and death from relentless enemies, headlong escapes, savage tribal hordes to the right of him, passionate and beautiful females to the left of him, and finally that almost unknown but desperate war on the roof of the world, when India was the prize, and there was nothing to stop the armed might of Imperial Russia but the wavering sabre and terrified ingenuity of old Flashy himself.
BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL
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This is superb entertainment for anyone even remotely interested in history, and if you fail to appreciate the politically (very) incorrect humour well damn your eyes! ;-)
Back to Flashman at the Charge: as always, entertaining and very well researched. Warmly recommended!
I thoroughly recommend this book to all and sundry.
In places this is the best of the 'Flashman' novels I have read (I've currently read the first four). The first third of the book are excellent, detailing as it does Flashman's Crimean War memoirs, but the later sections detailing his
imprisonment in a Russian house, and later, his exploits as a member of a Central Asian tribe fighting Russian encroachment is somewhat less inspired.
The story briefly starts with our 'hero' preparing for war by trying to hide away in the Board of Ordance, but unfortunately for him he is made the guardian of a German Prince, Prince William of Celle, who is studying the art of soldiering, so off to the Crimea he must go.
Once in the Crimea, Flashy, who is employed as a 'galloper' (messenger) is witness to some of the great battles of British military history. He gets caught up in the Battle of the Alma, where unfortunately his charge, the hapless and randy William is killed. But what happens later firmly plants Flashy as one of the great warriors of the British Army; ever !
Whilst trying desperately to avoid any hint of danger, Flashy inadvertently finds himself, not only present at the Battle of Balaclava, but becoming an integral part of it. He becomes a member of the 'Thin Red Line', one of General Scarlett's Heavy Brigade, charging uphill into the Russian cavalry and later, most famously, as one of 'the six hundred' who charge the Russian guns at the North Valley, better known as the 'Valley of Death' in what passed into legend as, 'the Charge of the Light Brigade'.Read more ›
I would recommend these books by George McDonald Fraser to anyone who enjoys boys' adventure stories for men- they are great.
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