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Flashman at the Charge (The Flashman Papers, Book 7) Paperback – 30 Jul 2015

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (30 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007217188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007217182
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Flashman is a wonderful creation, by a master storyteller. We'll forever delight in his evil antics' JEFFREY ARCHER

‘Politically incorrect, lascivious and fiendishly handsome, Flashman is the greatest ’ BORIS JOHNSON

‘Flashman is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a rogue, a lover, and always an irresistible read’ BERNARD CORNWELL

‘Flashman, Sherlock Holmes, Toad of Toad Hall, Bertie Wooster. Any writer would give his eye-teeth to have created a character as good as those. GMF was one of the greats’ CONN IGGULDEN

‘The perfect fictional creation’ TONY PARSONS

‘A first-rate historical novelist’ KINGSLEY AMIS

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“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.

"Vintage Flashman…recommended"
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"Superbly funny"
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The standard of the entire Flashman-series is incredibly high, but this must surely be one of the best installments. As usual Flashman is - however unwillingly - in the thick of legendary military actions, and doesn't shrink from helping us to his opinion of well-known historical figures such as Raglan ('the old fool'), Cardigan ('lecherous villain') and a score of others.

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! ;-)
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Having survived Afghanistan, Borneo, the Anglo-Sikh war, Otto von Bismarck and a stint in the slave trade, in this installment (we are in the mid 1850s now) Flashman is hard pressed to make it alive out of Russia. Having secured a prestigious job as minder of a German princeling, he is forced to escort his protégée to the Crimea when war breaks out. The prince dies at the Alma but Flashman moves on to participate in the fiasco at Balaclava (charging with both heavy and light brigades) where he is taken prisoner. That is where the more interesting part of this book starts - he ends up in comfortable captivity on an estate in southern Russia, experiences a serf rebellion, tries to escape via the Arrow of Arabat (find it on the map...) with a thundering finale in Central Asia (involving Congreve rockets), where he is dragged along by a Russian army poised to invade India. I found especially the latter part really interesting. It also rekindled fond memories of Peter Hopkirk's fantastic 'The Great Game'.

Back to Flashman at the Charge: as always, entertaining and very well researched. Warmly recommended!
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I confess to having read all of the Flashman books. They are all brilliant, some slightly more so than others. This (in my opinion) is one of his best tales. The feeling that you are with Flashy all the way is sometimes palpable, especially during the build up to the Charge of the Light Brigade. I felt as if I was there, hearing the creak of saddles and the jingle of harnesses, in the moments before the charge. The writing is at times very fine indeed: undoubtedly people will be reading these books in a 100 years time. They are classics and they are hilariously funny.
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Flashman is somehow likeable despite being a complete cad and coward. To understand this is to somehow understand why these books are so incredibly enjoying and enthralling as we watch him stumble blindly from one real-life military disaster to another. This episode though is head and shoulders abover the rest for sheer vigour as he is sent spiralling across Russia from the mouth of the valley of death.
I thoroughly recommend this book to all and sundry.
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A hugely enjoyable read as we follow our 'hero' to the Crimea and Central Asia where he gets embroiled in all sorts of capers. Intent on one course of action, Flashy, as usual, ends up doing quite another and, as usual, comes up 'smelling of roses'
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'.
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I love the George MacDonald Fraser Flashman series and this is my favourite one - the Great Game being second. The historical accuracy is spot on as usual and the books always keep me laughing and thoroughly amused all the way through! Not going to bother going into all the detail, plots etc.. because the simple message is that you need to buy a Flashman book and from one keen reader to another I promise you you will not regret it. Read it now!
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I haven't actually read this particular book since I'm still finishing the preceding one. This will be the sixth in the series. They are very well written by a competent author who obviously spends a great deal of time researching historical facts to provide the background for his hero. How he survives the seemingly impossible situations he finds himself in, and then emerges covered in glory is quite astonishing. He is an inspration for all who are cowards.

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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