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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: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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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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THE FLASHMAN PAPERS 1854-1855

'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 order almost unknown but desperate war on the roof of the world, when India was the prize, and there was nothing to stop and armed might of Imperial Russia but the wavering sabre and terrified ingenuity of old Flashy himself.

"Vintage Flashman…recommended"
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content brilliant... but I double ordered it. I prefer individual editions. but very pleased with my swift delivery and how were they to know I'd already ordered from two other suppliers, I'd forgotten!
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A great read and so informative about the famous charge. It is incredible that men on horseback actually charged the Russian guns at Balaclava. GMF does history so well.
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Excellent condition, love the stories
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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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I was looking at the Flashman books on my shelf and trying to decide which one was my favourite. Whilst Redskins and the Great Game are very enjoyable, the Charge is probably my favourite.

Macdonald Fraser was on top form with this novel; not only do we have the usual mix of historical and fictional events, but there are great heros, heroines and villains. The story ranges from the pool halls of London to Asia via Crimea! Flashman also plays a more active role in events (in some of the latter books he is more of a passive spectator of what's happening).

If you have come across the Flashman series for the first time, then this is fantastic book.
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Its beginning to look like the superbly structured Flash for Freedom!, this book's immediate predecessor, was the high point of the series. Flashman gets three-and-a-half stars just for being Flashman, of course, but this tale starts at a leisurely pace before bursting into action at Balaclava, then tailing off again. Those who have read the series so far will be familiar with our anti-hero's historic tourism, romping through bit-parts in the major events of the nineteenth century. This time it is the Charge of the Light Brigade. It has to be said GMF writes battle and action scenes brilliantly, though in this case a detailed knowledge of the Crimean campaign, characters, and controversies (or at least access to Wikipedia) would be helpful. The Charge is a hard act to follow and for the rest of the book, Flashman more-or-less meanders eastwards, getting into various scrapes. There are a few exciting set pieces, of course, and some interesting insights into the brutality of Imperial Russia, and its expansionist ambitions. GMF's meticulous research shines a revealing light on more recent events. The ending, as Flashman returns `home' to India is satisfying, too.
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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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