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This is your next read !
on 26 March 2016
I came too these wonderful books from an long round about way , i'd just finished all the Fleming Bond books and had the ' post good book withdrawal ' phase :( . Then i remembered i'd brought the entire 'Flashman papers' about 8 years before, i'd tried reading the first book but couldn't get into it, so i gave up, after locating them , all still in their plastic wrappers, i read the first book again , i think i got to about the same part of the book i'd reached before and was starting to tire of it as the story seamed too slow , but this time i read on.
Wow once through too the end i was hooked and strait too book 2 ,Royal Flash , hmm interesting title ?.This was even better than the first book , so it was this ,'packet of the papers' that i knew i was onto something special , and Flashman himself is like the mirror image of Bond , very 'boys own' stuff lots of sex only he's a total coward. History was never funnier , even when Monty Python had a go at it , plus ask yourself ,what wars do i know about ? well of course theres the most recent stuff at the 21st century and then theres the 2 world wars, and going back before that ? err the Napoleonic wars and after that i had a bit of a blank im afraid , funny once theres no footage t.v isn't interested so we never get too hear about anything before 1900 . Well im glad to tell you the Flashman papers will soon bring you up too speed because its so well researched , most of the caricatures in the stories are real or first hand accounts of eye witness's , and f course our hero is at all the major events , i bit like Forrest Gump only not so sickening .
If your still reading this review and your wondering if you should read it yourself , i would say if you like history and Bond books ,your in for a treat also im not sure if anyone else has mentioned it but theres a film of this book too 'Royal Flash' staring Malcolm Mcdowell Oliver Reed and lots of big stars and also a young David Jason . the film is very close the book , odd that , and shot in the locations the book is set in , wow it does look lavish on screen , but it must have died at the box office , i know i'd never seen it on t.v or heard of it , its a shame coz its very good and funny.