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Flashman and the Tiger: And Other Extracts from the Flashman Papers (The Flashman Papers, Book 12) by [Fraser, George MacDonald]
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Book 12 of 12 in The Flashman Papers (12 Book Series)

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It's almost a century and a half since Harry Flashman first sprang into the nation's consciousness, stealing the show in Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays. From the outset, he was clearly the most valuable man in the book--in his dashing ruthlessness, definitely sexier than that simpering Tom--and it was clear to everyone that he would go on to great things--a glittering military career and the Victoria Cross, no less. Thank goodness that the great man saw fit to pen his memoirs before his death in 1915. We owe a debt of gratitude to George MacDonald Fraser, to whom the papers were entrusted after they appeared in a tea-chest in 1966, for his quite remarkable devotion to their conscientious editing.

Flashman and the Tiger, the latest gleanings from the manuscript treasures, comprises three gems. The longest by far is a novella entitled "The Road to Charing Cross" (1878 and 1883-4), in which Harry helps out a "human ferret", Times correspondent Henri Blowitz, to get a remarkable scoop at the Congress of Berlin, only to find himself rewarded by a nasty encounter with Bismarck. In "The Subtleties of Baccarat" (1890 and 1891), Harry helps Bertie the Bounder (that's the future Edward VII to you) deal with a case of suspected "stake-padding" by a senior military man; while in "Flashman the Tiger" (1879 and 1894) our hero is "in Zulu country" on the path of "Tiger" Jack Moran (thanks to Fraser's fastidious endnotes, properly identified as an assassin in the employ of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty.)

It's all tremendous stuff. Flashman devotees will be heartened to hear that their hero has lost none of his bluster, wit and fire, but these later memoirs do hint at the possible twinges of age. As he observes sadly, "You think twice about committing murder when you're over seventy." --Alan Stewart

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007217226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007217229
  • ASIN: B002RI9J1E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book includes three stories, situated mostly later in the century. The main character has become an established figure, whose fear of losing his reputation overcomes his natural cowardice time and again. In addition to characters from earlier books (Royal Flash, Flash for Freedom) - or their offspring - his own wife and granddaughter also play interesting roles.

'Flashman and the Tiger' is in fact just one of three stories in this book, and by far the shortest. It starts with Flashman running away at Isandhlwana with Zulu warriors in pursuit and ends in 1894 with a possible murder and a phenomenal diss on Sherlock Holmes.

Another story deals with the 'royal baccarat scandal' around the famously dissolute Crown Prince, 'Dirty Berty'. Rather different from most other Flashman adventures, I did find it entertaining.

Most of the book is taken up by a story that starts at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, where Flashman plays a key role in the treaty leaking out to the press - to the intense irritation of Otto von Bismarck. A few years later, in 1883, Bismarck finds an unconventional way to recruit Flashman to a top-secret scheme around Emperor Franz-Josef of Austria-Hungary. Can't give away more, except that the thundering finale is in a salt mine.

Again a fantastically researched and most entertaining book - warmly recommended.
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I love Flashman and I read the books over and over again including this one. The first story which is about a plot to kill the Austro-Hungarian Emperor is vintage stuff - a cracking read, well referenced as usual, and (as usual) a history lesson in itself, with Flashy as his perfidious best and the (as usual) wonderful pen portraits of historical personages. After a wonderful swordfight (which conjures up visions of Rathbone, Flynn, Power etc), it unfortunately loses steam and wonders off into an interminable and needless orgy in Vienna which, quite frankly, is superfluous to the book's requirements. Apart from that, great stuff. He departs from his usual formula in the second tale, 'The Subtleties of Baccarat': There are no sword fights, hair raising escapes, mountains of gnashing corpses, voluptuous temptresses, and all the other elements of a typical Flashman chronicle. Again it's based on a real event, a card scandal in an aristocratic house, and the social ruin of one of the elite, where Lady Flashman plays a leading role. Different but great.
The third story is a peach and I can't fault any of it, from the carnage of Ishandlwhana, complete with a breakneck escape and some sharpshooting worthy of a Spaghetti Western, to the end when a senile Flashy inserts himself into a Sherlock Holmes story and then finds his beloved great-granddaughter is a chip off the old block, steeped in the same wickedness as himself.
Everyone should read Flashman and it should be compulsory at school!
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The last of the Flashman's alas, and not particularly good but always worth a read. Sad that we'll never read of his adventures in the Americam Civil War, or in Mexico, as it's hinted at here that GMF planned a novel about same at some stage, but never got the chance to write it. Pity.
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Not bad. Not the best Flashman book I have ever read but good entertainment value.
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I hate to sound a dissenting note, but I have to say that I feel that this is the most disappointing "Flashman" so far. The storylines are basically carried by the research, and the zest and even malice that were such refreshing features of the earlier books have largely gone. Another irritating point is the constant reference back to previous books in the series throughout the first section of this book, almost on a rota basis. Finally, there are several inconsistencies with some of the previous books (EG: Rudi von Starnberg has changed from being a Hungarian in "Royal Flash" to a Prussian in this book). I regret to say that this book feels like the author is going through the motions, and if any potential new Flashman readers are out there they would be better advised to start off with one of the four or five earliest books in the series, which were truly excellent.
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'Flashman and the Tiger' actually contains three stories:

In 'The road to Charing Cross' (some 200 pages) Flashman meets the son of his old chum Rudi Starnberg (from 'Royal Flash') and is coerced into a cunning plot to assasinate the Emperor Franz-Jozef. 'The subleties of baccarat' (60 pages) has very little action but centers on a card game in which one of the participants cheated...or did he? There's a nice twist at the end with a starring role for Elspeth. And finally, in 'Flashman and the Tiger' (45 pages) our unlikely hero has to confront the (in)famous Jack 'Tiger' Moran.

Flashman himself is his usual cowardly self, and fires off one-liners that'll have you laughing no end, but I agree with earlier reviewers that this is perhaps one of the lesser Flashman-novels. Some characters (think of Sherlock Holmes) seem to thrive best in short stories, I find that Flashman doesn't.

However, I cannot help but repeat (ad nauseam, if I look at my reviews of other Flashman-novels) that this is still prime entertainment, and even if I live to Flashman's own ripe age (allegedly he died when he was over 90 years old) I will always remember him, galloping away - and not always on horseback, mind you - to boldly go where no poltroon has gone before!
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