Synopses & Reviews
Its 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., arch-cad, amorist, cold-headed soldier, and reluctant hero, is back!
Fleeing a chain of vengeful pursuers that includes Mexican bandits, the French Foreign Legion, and the relatives of an infatuated Austrian beauty, Flashy is desperate for somewhere to take cover. So desperate, in fact, that he embarks on a perilous secret intelligence-gathering mission to help free a group of Britons being held captive by a tyrannical Abyssinian king. That mission rapidly turns into one of the most famous expeditions in British military history, and along the way, of course, are nightmare castles, brigands, massacres, rebellions, orgies, and the loveliest and most lethal women in Africa-including a voluptuous African queen with a weakness for stalwart adventurers whom she nonetheless occasionally throws to her pet lions-who will test the limits of the great bounders talents for knavery, amorous intrigue, and survival.
Flashman on the March-the twelfth book in George MacDonald Frasers ever-beloved, always scandalous Flashman Papers series-is Flashman and Fraser at their best.
"Last seen in Flashman and the Tiger (2000), that incomparable English rogue, Sir Harry Flashman, is up to his usual amatory and military hijinks in the 12th installment of Fraser's masterful Flashman papers. Having seduced a silly Austrian princess on the ship bearing the body of Maximilian, the ill-fated emperor of Mexico, back home to Trieste in 1867, Harry eludes the offended Austrian authorities by seizing the chance to become the British envoy on a mission to rescue a group of European hostages held by the mad Abyssinian king, Theodore. (When Whitehall neglected to respond to the polite letter Theodore wrote Queen Victoria, he took captive a few hundred unfortunate foreigners.) This now obscure expedition, which made headlines in its day, provides the kind of sardonic history lesson fans have come to relish. Allusions to adventures not yet published tantalize, notably those to do with Flashman's role in the U.S. Civil War. Fraser has nibbled at the edges (Flashy was there for John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1995's Flashman and the Angel of the Lord), and one can only hope that the next volume does more than simply mention such iconic names as Gettysburg. Agent, Gelfman Schneider. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It's 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., arch-cad, amorist, cold-hearted soldier, and reluctant hero, is back in the 12th book in Fraser's ever-beloved Flashman Papers series.
About the Author
George MacDonald Fraser was born in England and schooled in Scotland. He served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and now lives on the Isle of Man.