- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 687 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publisher: Grinning Bandit Books; 2 edition (29 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075VKKKM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flashman and the Seawolf (Adventures of Thomas Flashman Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Flashman "anoraks" are missing the point that Thomas Flashman shares his nephews flair for adventure and his ability to find trouble but is a unique person in his own right.
Put aside your preconceptions about what this Flashman novel should be and see it for what it is, a ripping yarn that's a damn fine read.
And, actually, I wasn't really that disappointed. Brightwell doesn't quite capture GMF's tone - Thomas Flashman uses rather more exclamation marks than Harry would, and on occasion his hindsight comes across as a little clunky. But, really, these are minor concerns, and in some ways the different tone underlines the fact this is Thomas we're dealing with, not Harry. I actually rather like that - I think if Thomas was exactly in Harry's mould, these novels would wear thin fast. As it is, I'm more than willing to read more.
To an extent it does seem that Brightwell is finding his feet as an author and getting the character "run in", so I'm confident the series will grow and improve. There are also a few typos and gramatical errors which I suspect may be inevitable for a first novel published by a (comparatively) minor firm. These are more than offset, for me, by Brightwell's clear affection for GMF's work - his introduction, in which he explains winning Thomas' original papers in an eBay auction is a convincing explanation for their source, as well as pleasing fan service to those who are aware of GMF's "Leicestershire saleroom"
In short, Brightwell has taken on a challenging job, and he's made a damn good fist of it. With Thomas just establishing himself at the start of the 19th Century there's some tremendous historical material lying in wait for his future adventures - and I'm very much looking forward to reading them and learning how he develops!
I was at first dubious about this book but any misgivings I had were soon quashed, after only the first few pages I was hooked and found each page a joy to read.
I have already purchased the other books in the series and look forward to Flashsmans adventures once again.
For those of you unfamiliar with the original Flashman novels, the late George MacDonald Fraser (hereafter referred to as GMacF) took the character of the bullying Harry Flashman from the Victorian novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays, turned the schoolboy into an adult and then placed him in a series of highly perilous adventures that spanned over 60 years. Flashman was a coward, a bully, a braggart, a liar and a womaniser and how we fans loved to see him face torture, death and hardship in every novel.
In this revival, titled Flashman And The Sea Wolf, Robert Brightwell has taken an equally fictitious uncle of Harry, Thomas Flashman, placed him in 1800 in the early years of the Napoleonic wars and then tried to do with Thomas what GMacF did with Harry.
The first issue I had with this was that Thomas is just too nice. While Brightwell claims that Thomas is every bit as cowardly, bullying etc as Harry he comes across as a nice guy, though he is still a womaniser. Towards the climax of this book, as the enemy ships approach and he is facing almost certain death, Thomas sits and writes letters home for all the sailors who can’t read and write. Harry Flashman would have damned their eyes and sent them packing while he tried to find somewhere safe to hide.
And there we have the second problem. Every word that Harry Flashman spoke felt authentic; straight from the Victorian era. I hoped, therefore, that there would be a strong whiff of the Regency Dandy about Thomas, but he sounded more like he came from 21st century Surrey.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good idea to have an earlier Flashman relation, I was/am an avid fan of G.M.F. his style of writing appeals to me (I have every book he wrote)
These new books by Robert... Read more
Frequently I read a book and think “I could probably have written that”, which is normally a problem as I don’t consider myself good enough to be a professional author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Herbert
Firstly I will state that you must remember this is a story about Thomas Flashman of Georgian period Britain and not the Victorian Harry Flashman, his nephew. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book. I am an avid fan of the original Flashman books so was a little skeptical that I would be as enthusiastic about this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mikespike one
An excellent blend of historical detail and a good old swashbuckling yarn. A superb homage to the work of the sadly departed George MacDonald Fraser and a treat for those of us who... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roger Bunker
Didn't think anyone could equal G.M Fraser but I was wrongPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer