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Flashman's visit also led to his acquaintance of a young man who managed to — not quite break his heart — but tweak it a bit. I have no such complaints for this novel.

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Fraser did a much superior job in describing the antebellum United States and especially the West. In fact, I cannot recall finding any evidence of uneven pacing or historical inaccuracies, as I had done in the novel. One of his best passages featured his description of Kanzas Landing, Independence, and Westport now Kansas City in Missouri during the spring of It made me realize how much Flashman's character had matured in the eight to nine years since his adventures in Afghanistan.

Narameen also happened to be the lover of one of his enemies. Eight years later, while in the company of John Joel Glanton and his scalphunters, Flashman met the Apache chief's daughter. First, he managed to save her from being raped by an Irishman he disliked named Grattan Nugent-Hare. When offered to "take her" himself, Flashman handled the situation with a lot more delicacy than he did with Narameen. One of the novel's funniest passages featured Flashman's conversation with the Apache chief. I would include the conversation if I could, but it is rather long and would be better appreciated in its full glory, if read.

Before one starts thinking that Harry Flashman had learned to treat women with more respect by the age of 27, consider his earlier behavior toward Cleonie — one of Susie Wilnick's mulatto prostitutes. The two had begun an affair during the wagon train journey along the Santa Fe Trail and continued it in Santa Fe. Cleonie, who had the bad luck and stupidity to fall in love with Flashy; proposed that they abandon Susie and head for El Paso, Texas.

He agreed. Being the complete black-hearted villain, Flashman sold Cleonie to a priest acting as an agent for a Navaho chieftain on the night of their departure for two thousand dollars. It took Cleonie nearly twenty-seven years to seek revenge for his betrayal in Part Two of the novel.

The novel's second half featured some interesting aspects in the story. But nothing quite beat Flashman's reunion with the infamous George Armstrong Custer. In fact, during the Flashmans' first dinner with the Custers, the emotional George Armstrong got on Flashy's nerves with his constant complaints about his superiors in Washington and warbling about the Englishman's own military service.

Flashman responded by having a little sport with Custer's ego in this hilarious scene at a New York restaurant. Although Part Two seemed to lack the epic scope of Part One, it did feature some memorable passages. One of them was a future leader named Spotted Tail. Thanks to that particular reunion, our fearful hero attracted the attention of a businesswoman named Mrs. Arthur B. She wanted to use Flashman's fame in a land scheme in the Dakota Territories and invited to join her in an excursion to the area.

Flashman and Mrs. Candy's journey to the Dakota Territory was not very interesting, despite accompanying George Custer and the Seventh Calvary. But it did feature a colorful description of cavalry troopers boarding a Powder River steamboat in order to continue their journey to the Greasy Grass country. More importantly, Flashman discovered that he had become a target of revenge. Candy turned out to be none other than Cleonie, the former lover he had sold to the Navaho.

How Fraser's "intrepid" hero ended up escaping the Sioux and participating in the infamous battle featured an interesting little scene involving him and a real life Sioux woman named Walking Blanket Woman. Although Flashman managed to survive the battle, he ended up as a prisoner of one Frank Grouard, who was known to the Sioux as Standing Bear.

What Fraser did was take the historical figure of Frank Grouard — the son of a Tahitian woman and an American missionary — and incorporated him into Flashy and Cleonie's illegitimate son. Due to his dislike of her and I do not blame him , Frank decided to spare his black-hearted father. And both father and son not only discovered that they shared similar traits, they also took a shining to each other.

When Frank decided to reject his offer to be officially recognized as his son, the two parted in one of the most touching scenes written by Fraser. Grant, Frank Grouard, Crazy Horse and most memorably, George Armstrong Custer; Fraser did not fail his readers in providing some interesting fictional characters. I adored Susie. She was a sentimental, sensual and hard-headed businesswoman. She knew Harry for the rogue he truly was, but did not care. Even when she suspected him of sleeping around her stable of whores, she managed to pay him back by sleeping with the head of their teamsters — an Irish-born former Army officer named Grattan Nugent-Hare.

Nugent-Hare turned out to be another interesting character created by Fraser. The real Mrs. Harry Flashman namely Elspeth had a major role in the novel's second half. And she was just as charming, sexy and simple-minded as ever — even in her early fifties. There are times when I suspect that Elspeth might not be as stupid as she appears to be. I really enjoyed reading Harry's suspicions that she may have had a tumble in the grass with Spotted Tail during a conference between the U. She first caught Flashman's attention during the wagon journey from Independence to Santa Fe.

Once their affair had caught hold, Flashman ignored Susie's other whores and focused his attention upon her, impressed by her style and looks.

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It did not take Cleonie very long to put down Flashy's one time tumble with another slave named Aphrodite. While their affair continued in Santa Fe, Cleonie also exposed Flashman's lack of any real love for Susie. I found it interesting that Cleonie was shrewd and clever enough to spot Flashman's true feelings regarding the other prostitutes he had slept with and Susie. Had love on her part truly blinded her? I also suspect that Cleonie's own ego and pride made it difficult for her to even consider that Flashy felt the same about her, as he did about Susie, Aphrodite or any of the other whores in Susie's stable.

I am not saying that she deserved the fate that Flashman had dished out to her — being sold to the Navahos and enduring five years of captivity. She did not. And Flashman certainly deserved the fright that he had endured from of her vengeance, some 27 years later. I have never liked Cleonie. Not really.

My dislike has nothing to do with some belief that she was a poorly created character. On the contrary. I believe that Fraser did an exceptional job in creating her character. Although well written and with a strong finish, the novel's second half is not as strong or epic as the first half. Honestly, I really could have done without it. Also, was it really necessary to use a historical figure like Frank Grouard as the love child of Flashman and Cleonie - two fictional characters?

I realize that Fraser must have found his character fascinating, but. I also had a problem with the route Fraser had chosen for Flashman and Susie to take to California. Early in the novel, Susie made it clear that she planned to relocate her establishment to Sacramento, California. And how did Susie plan to move her establishment from New Orleans to Sacramento?

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All they had to do was travel up the coast to San Francisco and later, Sacramento. Louis, Missouri. From there, they could have taken another steamboat across Missouri River to Westport. From there, they would have an easy journey from Sutter's Fort to Sacramento. Instead, Fraser laid out a more convoluted route. And I suspect that he did so in order for Flashman to be captured by the Mimbreno Apaches and spend six months with them. After all, I have always been a big aficionado of the history of the American West. The novel does have its share of small problems.

If I must be honest, I believe that the author went a bit too far in using a historical figure like Frank Grouard as the son of Flashman and Cleonie — two fictional characters. I thought it was unnecessary. And the second half is not as interesting as the first half a common flaw in many Flashman novels.

The novel also offered a well-documented look at the United States — especially the American West - before and after the Civil War. Shelves: read As splendid as always! I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Harry Flashman is the best-realised antihero ever. This installment details two of his adventures in America's wild west, one set in , and the other in The events of the first episode do set the stage for the second, but they read like two quite separate stories.

I enjoyed this book immensely: the action is vivid and humorous, the historical anecdotes and name-dropping are liberal, and we're left in no doubt as to Flas As splendid as always! I enjoyed this book immensely: the action is vivid and humorous, the historical anecdotes and name-dropping are liberal, and we're left in no doubt as to Flashman's opinions of the personages and situations in which he finds himself. In both tales, Flashman finds himself captive of different native American groups. I particularly enjoyed his observations of frontier life in the first half, both of the Apache, and of the European frontiersmen and bounty hunters.

In context these are adventure stories the disjunction between the two halves of the book didn't bother me, but elsewhere it might. I don't think Flashman and the Redskins holds together as a novel particularly well, but it works just fine as two related novellas. More than fine! This really is Flashman at his best! Sep 21, Edward Erdelac rated it really liked it. The irascible Flashman relates two seemingly unrelated adventures in the American West circa and which Fraser ties together brilliantly via a well realized connecting thread I didn't see coming.

The alternate history of plainsman Frank Grouard was pleasing and the parting of Flashman and Frank got me a little misty eyed. Once again Fraser has a lot of fun letting Flashman be a bastard throughout history, but kicks him in the hind end in the last pages as the fruits this consummate cad The irascible Flashman relates two seemingly unrelated adventures in the American West circa and which Fraser ties together brilliantly via a well realized connecting thread I didn't see coming.

Once again Fraser has a lot of fun letting Flashman be a bastard throughout history, but kicks him in the hind end in the last pages as the fruits this consummate cad has sown come around. Just as Flashman the womanizer suffers the infidelity of his one true love, his wife, he is here denied the simple pleasure of a relationship with a son he feels pride in.

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The historicity is as impeccable and well-documented as ever. Flashman continues to bump into every person of note from Caitlin to Kit Carson in his dizzying western adventures, and insinuates himself into the lore of Bent's Fort and The Little Bighorn. Sep 07, Nathan Miller rated it liked it. I have been reading the Flashman papers over the past 3 or so years. I got into them as an ex pat and with a lack of english reading material a co worker brought these in. What can I say if you have read one rollicking amoral or is he more immoral Flashman tale you have read them all. Once again the authour builds on the real history nicely giving a more expanded detail in several pages of appendixes.

Flashman has an adventure in the old west from its beginnings of the Indian wars to the end. An I have been reading the Flashman papers over the past 3 or so years. And strangely once again is an unknown participate in great events. All in all no different from other books in the series and a nice easy and informative way to spend a couple of hours. Oct 13, Ted rated it liked it. I'll let this one stand in for the series. If Huck Finn was an upper-class Brit with a sense of entitlement, a hunger for women and a yellow streak, he'd be Harry Flashman.

And if you think that unsavory description can't be the hero of a great series--as well as a guide through a hilariously entertaining trip through the history of the late 's, then you haven't read these books. Fraser was a wonder. In which Flashy for about ten days finds he has a heart after all. Fraser's several lovingly-rendered rides through the last of the Old West plus Susie's remarkable baggage make the book.

Fraser comes closer to answering the core question of all good historical fiction "But what was it like, to be there? Aug 22, Jason Toluba rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Flash is a very, very bad person I should also add that I haven't laughed so hard while reading a book in the last year. Kudos for creating an anti-hero in the historical fiction genre.

Nov 05, Bernard Dogon rated it it was amazing.

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Kicks ass, rollicking good read about an English officer who's a total bastard yet always lands with his ass in the butter I especially liked the structure of this one; it covers Flashman's adventures in the United States at two different periods of his life, and the events of the first sojourn affect the events of the second in clever and surprising to Flashman and to me ways. Feb 17, Smokinjbc rated it it was amazing Shelves: booksthatrock. Great twists one I should have seen coming! Sep 04, Morgan rated it liked it. This was my favourite of the series so far.

It starts off with him in his 20's or 30's and the little adventure he goes on, I love that he's a scoundral and knows it and makes no apologies. The Sioux almost had another with that Custer lot. But our scoundrel lives on. Aug 17, Robert Jr. If you're not reading a Flashman book, you should be. And don't skip the footnotes. Jan 16, Peter rated it it was amazing.

Painfully non-PC but impossible to put down. Filled with high adventure and excitement as well as a heaping of from-what-I-can-tell-accurate history. Flashman's adventures on the Sante Fe Trail in and with Custer in Aug 01, Karl Arney rated it it was amazing. It's pretty amazing to me that, seven books deep in what is in many ways a pretty formulaic series Flash's rascally nature gets him caught up in some dangerous venture - seduction, capture, torture, hardcore historical narratives, and hilarity follow , George MacDonald Fraser was still cranking out mini-classics that matched his best.

This one picks up in the form of a direct sequel to Book 3, which brought Flash to the US for the first time, and quickly outdoes its predecessor, then splits its It's pretty amazing to me that, seven books deep in what is in many ways a pretty formulaic series Flash's rascally nature gets him caught up in some dangerous venture - seduction, capture, torture, hardcore historical narratives, and hilarity follow , George MacDonald Fraser was still cranking out mini-classics that matched his best.

This one picks up in the form of a direct sequel to Book 3, which brought Flash to the US for the first time, and quickly outdoes its predecessor, then splits itself in half to also tell the story of Flashman's involvement with Little Big Horn thus giving us by far the oldest incarnation of our titular dickhead that we've yet encountered. Together they make a monster American epic, even if it knowingly pushes coincidence to its limits. All of the hallmarks of a top-shelf Flashman book are here, and you can read about them in plenty of other reviews.

The big moment in this book that reminds us to never think too highly of our narrator, no matter how charming his prose may be, is a real doozy, as he lays down a nasty if pragmatic betrayal in the earlier of the two stories.


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But some of the most notable aspects of this story, at least to me, were the moments where Flashy showed other sides, or greater nuance. It's clear to hear "him" talk about them that despite his revulsion for many things about Native American culture, he actually has more than a passing fondness for them in many ways. The way Fraser reveals both of these perspectives is expert, and Flashman's rants about the meeting of white and native worlds in the Americas are pointed, passionate, and interesting.

We also have the question of "what about all the bastards this guy should have spawned" addressed for the first time, and it makes for a genuinely touching and fascinating extended scene for anyone who's read all through the series to this point. It's fun contrasting the younger and older Flashmans of the two stories - by '76 ol' Harry has reached middle age and is hardly short on clout.

Nevertheless, he remains an uncontrollable womanizer and can't pass up a chance to work mischief, even knowing how many times it's blown up in his face since his youth. The split nature of the book also allows for the protagonist's chickens to come home to roost in a more complex way than ever, and when the instrument of his just come-upance reveals itself, it's a pretty wild moment.

The wagon crossing in '49 was a great read, and the looks at the various Indian tribes Flash encountered left me thirsty for more knowledge of the tribes as they were before things reached their fever-pitch of tragedy in the back end of the 19th century. Aber ich teile seine allgemeinen philosophischen Ansichten. Ich bin eher Zyniker und glaube nicht an das Gute im Menschen. Flashmans Feldzug gehrt zu den interessantesten der Serie und veranlasste den amerikanischen Schriftsteller John Updike zu einer Wrdigung.

Fraser war inzwischen eine anerkannte literarische Gre und erfreute sich gerade unter Historikern groe Popularitt. Bei uns ist dieser Feldzug fast unbekannt, was umso mehr verwundert, da unter den Geiseln und Zeugen sowohl Deutsche, sterreicher und Schweizer waren. Es gibt einige Parallelen zur heutigen Kriegsfhrung: Als Geiselbefreiungsaktion gilt er als erste groe humanitre Intervention der Weltgeschichte.

Deutlich zeigt sich in ihm die in der zweiten Hlfte des Jahrhunderts beginnende Industrialisierung des Krieges. Wissenschaftler unterschiedlicher Disziplinen begleiteten die Armee, um Kulturgter zu rauben und Erkenntnisse ber ein unbekanntes Land zu gewinnen. The first unpublished novel from the historical fiction legend, George Macdonald Fraser, featuring the unscrupulous and brilliantly entertaining pirate, Calico Jack Rackham.

New Providence, s. Their agreement sets off an adventure of betrayals, counter-betrayals, plots and escapes that see Rackham join forces with the scheming but seductively beautiful pirate, Anne Bonney. Captain in Calico is a wonderfully spirited and entertaining novel, which will delight fans of George MacDonald Fraser. The unscrupulous Captain Rackham is pure pleasure, and shows the author's early penchant - and flair - for writing scoundrels of the highest order.

Hastig den Ruckzug aus dem Boudoir einer Dame anzutreten, wenn man mit einer leichtfertigen jungen Frau in flagranti erwischt wird, ware eine normale Reaktion, aber wenn sich herausstellt, dass der Ehemann ein hoher Richter ist, dann ist es angesagt, Kalkutta schnell zu verlassen. Und so tritt Flashman eine Reise an, auf der er in Sudafrika gekidnappt und nach Amerika verschifft wird.

Und wenn John Brown auf Flashman gehort hatte, wurde er immer noch marschieren statt im Grab zu verwesen 'John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave'. To the young Lady Margaret Dacre, raised in the rich security of Queen Elizabeth's court, the Scottish border was a land of blood and brutal violence, where raid and murder were commonplace, and her broad inheritance lay at the mercy of the outlaw riders and feuding tribes of England's last frontier. Beyond the law's protection, alone but for her house servants and an elderly priest, she could wait helpless in her lonely manor, or somehow find the means to fight the terror approaching from the northern night!

In the spirit of Flashman and in the inimitable George MacDonald Fraser style comes a rousing story of prize fighting in the 19th century. Reissued in a stunning new package, Black Ajax will attract a new generation of fans. When Captain Buck Flashman sees the black boxer catch a fly in mid-flight he realizes that he is in the presence of speed such as the prize ring has never seen.

Tom Molineaux may be crude and untutored, but if 'Mad Buck' knows anything and like his notorious son, the archcad Harry Flashman, he has an unerring eye for the main chance , this ex-slave from America is a Champion in the making, on whose broad shoulders the ambitious Captain can climb to sporting and social fame. Under his patronage, the 'Black Ajax' is carried on a popular tide of sporting fever to his great dream: to fight the invincible, undefeated Champion of England, the great Tom Cribb.

The story of Molineaux and his eventual battles with Cribb is told through a series of superbly original and individual voices - colourful, powerful and funny. Together they create a magnificent picture of Regency England and a portrait of a flawed hero who surmounted the barriers of ignorance, poverty and race hatred to bring the prize ring a lustre it had never known before, and may never again. When infamous pirate Captain 'Calico' Jack Rackham returns from the high seas to ask Governor Woodes Rogers for a royal pardon, the Governor sees his chance to put his own devious plans into action.

Now available in ebook format, 'The Pyrates' is a swashbuckling romp of a novel. The Pyrates is all the swashbucklers that ever were, rolled into one great Technicoloured pantomime - tall ships and desert islands, impossibly gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines, buried treasure and Black Spots, devilish Dons and ghastly dungeons, plots, duels, escapes, savage rituals, tender romance and steaming passion, all to the accompaniment of ringing steel, thunderous broadsides, sweeping film music, and the sound of cursing extras falling in the water and exchanging period dialogue.

Even Hollywood buccaneers were never like this. Repackaged to tie-in with hardback publication of 'The Reavers' and to appeal to a new generation of George MacDonald Fraser fans, 'Mr American' is a swashbuckling romp of a novel. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered - at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society even King Edward was puzzled and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

Tall dark and dangerous, soft spoken and alone, with London at his feet and a dark shadow in his past, he was a mystery to all of them, rustics and royalty, squires and suffragettes, the women who loved him and the men who feared and hated him. He came from a far frontier in another world, yet he was by no means a stranger Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication.

A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. In addition to the other famous adventures come three episodes in the career of this eminent if disreputable adventurer. Plumbing the depths of dishonour, Flashman's upto his old tricks again. Whether embroiled in aplot to assassinate Emperor Franz-Josef, saving thePrince of Wales from scandal, or being chased by ahorde of Zulus, Harry Flashman never disappoints.

Many have marvelled at General Napier's daring expedition through the treacherous peaks and bottomless chasms of Abyssinia to rescue a small group of British citizens held captive by the mad tyrant Emperor Theodore. But the vital role of Sir Harry Flashman, V. Flashman's undeserved reputation for heroism renders him the British Army's candidate of choice when it comes to skulking behind enemy lines in Ali Baba attire.

After all, who but the great amorist could contemplate navigating a land populated by hostile tribes and the loveliest and most savage women in Africa, from leather-clad nymphs with a penchant for torture to a voluptuous barbarian queen with a reputation for throwing disobliging guests to her pet lions?