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A good, pacy read, but needs some editing
on 12 May 2014
An interesting and enjoyable read in the Flashman style, exploring some of the unsavoury bits of Victoria's empire. Likeable, mostly believable, characters and a rollicking plot kept me reading and I would eagerly read this author's work again. However, it would benefit from a good editor to sort out issues such as the confusing timelines of some key events and a couple of plot devices that stretch credibility; without these I would have given it 4 stars. Also, as it's based on true events, I'd have appreciated a footnote or preface detailing the real historical facts behind the tale.