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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

"Of all the enemies that our hero has shrunk away from, there was one he feared above them all. By his own admission they gave him nightmares into his dotage. It was not the French, the Spanish, the Americans or the Mexicans. It was not even the more exotic adversaries such as the Iroquois, Mahratta or Zulus. While they could all make his guts churn anxiously, the foe that really put him off his lunch were the Ashanti.
"You could not see them coming," he complained. "They were well armed, fought with cunning and above all, there were bloody thousands of the bastards."

This eighth packet in the Thomas Flashman memoirs details his misadventures on the Gold Coast in Africa. It was a time when the British lion discovered that instead of being the king of the jungle, it was in fact a crumb on the lip of a far more ferocious beast. Our 'hero' is at the heart of this revelation after he is shipwrecked on that hostile shore. While waiting for passage home, he is soon embroiled in the plans of a naive British governor who has hopelessly underestimated his foe. When he is not impersonating a missionary or chasing the local women, Flashman finds himself being trapped by enemy armies, risking execution and the worst kind of 'dismemberment,' not to mention escaping prisons, spies, snakes, water horses (hippopotamus) and crocodiles.

It is another rip-roaring Thomas Flashman adventure, which tells the true story of an extraordinary time in Africa that is now almost entirely forgotten."
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dball5324 Sep 2018 10:54 p.m. PST

Many thanks for alerting me to this series of books Tango, I was a big fan of the original Flashman but did not even know about this author reviving the genre in this way. These are exactly the kind of purchases I like to make on my Kindle, the ones you would probably never even stumble across in a conventional book shop. I hope it's good – David.

Porthos25 Sep 2018 2:11 a.m. PST

Robert Brightwell definitely has hit the right tone with the memoir of Harry Flashman's uncle. Strongly advised for those who enjoyed Gordon MacDonald Fraser ! Reading about Thomas we learn (amongst many other things) why Wellington urged his men to lie down in battles and why Napoleon was ill at Waterloo…

Artilleryman25 Sep 2018 3:53 a.m. PST

Highly recommended. Though not as good as the originals (e.g. the original's Flashman had the attitudes of a snob of the 19th Century, a brave move in this day and age) they are highly entertaining with a really good eye for the historical detail.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

These are well reviewed on both sides of the pond. GMF was so good, I'm skeptical, but may very well give one a shot.

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