Royal Flash

Royal Flash In volume of The Flashman Papers Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent Flashman the ar

In volume 2 of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.Flashman, the arch cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beIn volume 2 of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.Flashman, the arch cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.From London gaming halls and English hunting fields to European dungeons and throne rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and when he cannot avoid them hand to hand combats All the while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

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  1. He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown s School Days The novels are presented as packets of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics P.G Wodehouse said of Flashman, If ever there was a time when I felt that watcher of the skies when a new planet stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.

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  1. Last week I finally got around to reading Les Trois Mousquetaires, and this week, or less by accident, I read Royal Flash They re both excellent historical thrillers, and it s interesting to compare them MacDonald Fraser is following very much in Dumas s footsteps He takes real historical events from the mid 19th century, and recasts them so that history is no longer an inevitable unfolding of grand themes, but rather a haphazard collection of accidents, often than not turning on who happens t [...]

  2. Sir Harry Flashman, highly decorated officer of the 11th Light Dragoons, is a cad, a chauvinist, a misogynist, an adulterer, and most of all a coward His positive qualities consist of having a natural gift for foreign tongues in this case this can be interpreted as a double entendre , being a good rider, and having a strong sword arm What lacks is character His achievements in his military enterprises are mostly due to either blind luck, running away from danger, a talent for snatching glory fro [...]

  3. For you poor folks who have never heard of the Flashman series, they tell the story of your classic Victorian adventurer, a man who travels through many lands, making his way by his wits and his skill and always being drawn into the dangers of politics, secret plots, and local politics But the hero of these stories comes with a twist he s an awful cad who lies, cheats, and steals his way through the world, a coward who only survives by the skin of his teeth, but who pretends the role of the brav [...]

  4. I didn t like Royal Flash quite as much as the first book in the series, probably because this is the lone Flashman novel set in a fictional location instead of throwing Flashy directly into real world events The Flashman books work at least for me on three different levels there s the adventure, the humor, and the historical fiction The third element is a bit lacking due to the make believe setting Flashman spends much of the book running around in That doesn t mean that there are no historical [...]

  5. I have read a number of Flashman books before this one and usually in a series you get ones that are stellar and ones that just don t have that same spark.I felt so so about this one It just didn t seem to have the same sparkle.My forever favourite is still Flashman at the Charge It was also the first one I ever read, and it was a revelation.I adore the Flashman character even when I dislike him.He is a character I at once love hate He s such a product of his age Victorian , and has all the expe [...]

  6. It took me a long while to get into Royal Flash It s written from the perspective of Harry Flashman, a cowardly, selfish, mysoginistic bully who is perfectly happy to take credit for anything he hasn t earned and driven largely by his lust A classic anti hero and not an easy character for me to relate to at all.However it was highly recommended and I enjoyed the way the tawdry historical references of the sort you never find in school history books were woven so intrinsically into the story, so [...]

  7. Having enjoyed Flashman The Flashman Papers, 1 , I was keen to read tales of Flashy, the unabashed racist, scoundrel, bully, cad and coward George MacDonald Fraser continues his literary conceit that what we are reading is the second part of a cache of papers, written by Flashman in old age between 1900 and 1905 The second pack of papers is detailed in Royal Flash The Flashman Papers, 2 and our disreputable hero tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez, and Otto Von Bismarck, amongst others From L [...]

  8. Originally published on my blog here in July 1999.The second of Fraser s Flashman series, Royal Flash is a spoof on Anthony Hope s classic The Prisoner of Zenda It keeps fairly faithfully to the plot of Hope s novel, with the central part falling to the cowardly Flashman rather than the gallant Rudolf Rassendyll.The major change made by Fraser is the motivation for the escapade Flashman has no liking for adventure, and it requires both blackmail and force to get him to imitate Prince Carl Gustav [...]

  9. Royal Flash is the 2nd book in the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser This story was used for the movie 1975 starring Malcolm McDowell as the irrepressible Harry Flashman The book was first published in 970.Flashman is one of those heroes anti heroes like Sharpe and Horatio Hornblower The difference is that Flashman is a rogue and a coward always looking out for number 1, AKA himself In Royal Flash, a dalliance he has with an Irish beauty, during which he also meets Otto von Bismark who [...]

  10. Of course, you know what you are going to get in series books like this An exact replica but set in a different location.Flashman is back from the afgan war a hero In an escape from a london whorehouse, he take refuge in a police chase by hiding in the carriage of Lola Montez who is entertaining Otto Von Bismark You can guess what happens here.Otto and Flashy meet up again, where flashy gets his revenge on him by organising an exhibition bout against a top puglist and his affair with Lola bores [...]

  11. Flashman s character is becoming cohesive in this book I felt that in the 1st book Fraser didn t quite know how to handle his creation, and Flashman fluctuated between being a cad and an outright unlikeable bastard This time he s a coward, sure, and a bully if he sees the chance, and of course if you put a skirt on a hay bale then he d probably sleep with it, but he still never dips below likeable scoundrel A few slow points where Fraser dips a bit too far into the history aspect, but much of i [...]

  12. What can I say If you like your main character to be a rake, a fake and a coward then the Flashman series is the books for you In the second book, the Flashman focuses on one particular fling with a woman of amazing talents, and how his dealings with her led him to adventures in the attempt to unite Germany by impersonating a Royal Dane Great stuff On to Book 3.

  13. From BBC Radio 4 Extra Celebrated cavalry officer, Harry Flashman is caught with his trousers down in a London club Read by Iain Cuthbertson.

  14. Just as good as the first I like everything about Flashman so far, whether he s cowering his way through Afghanistan or getting shanghaied by Otto von Bismarck into some madcap scheme in Denmark Recommended to anyone who has a sense of humor.

  15. I was sufficiently recovered from my nervous condition or else the booze was beginning to work Royal Flash is the second of the Flashman novels Written in 1970 by George MacDonald Fraser, Fraser based the book on the plot of The Prisoner of Zenda Set during the Revolutions of 1848 the story is amusing enough It is set in the fictional Duchy of Strackenz This makes it the only Flashman novel to be set in a fictitious location The story sees Flashman view spoiler fleeing from a police raid on a br [...]

  16. I can see why people would like this Harry Flashman is a reptile whose appetites women, money, foolishly petty vengeance dig him into trouble and his cowardice and knavery dig him back out Narrating the story from many, many years later, he has absolutely no illusions about his courage or honor or sense of duty actually, a buried sense of shame and this distance and perspective is the only thing that made me keep reading after about the twentieth page Well, no, not the only thing The work is lit [...]

  17. Harry Flashman is still rotten to the core but takes you on quite a trip as he carouses his way through England and Europe Several laugh out loud moments as he impersonates a Danish prince on his wedding night the prince s, not Flashman s and tries to escape the clutches of Bismarck Especially entertaining was his description of fox hunting and his education in how to pull off an impressive scam My favorite lines are speaking of Bismarck I also learned that he had a wife in the capital, which su [...]

  18. I had harsh words for the character of Flashman after I read the first book in George MacDonald Fraser s series But there was something that compelled me to seek out of his mis adventures and so I picked up Royal Flash from the library Maybe it s that the novel is a pastiche of one of my childhood favorites, The Prisoner of Zenda, or that Flashman is less a victim of his own worst instincts than of the machinations of others Regardless, I found him less loathsome and the likable to a degree ro [...]

  19. For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don t think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry Jones.I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i dont start talking like a Victorian cad whilst going to [...]

  20. We had moved here and this proved topical It was a humid summer and the house was gradually coming together I d come home from work and then attend to some task, usually making quite the mess I lack facility in such matters I read a number of story collections that summer, I also read a Flashman The novel s layered plot I found engaging, though not the execution thereof Who can complain about a protagonist whose favorite verb is roger Sure, the politics are incredibly reactionary and the pacing [...]

  21. The second Flashman novel, and as excellent as the first Despite even the character himself saying he s nothing but a cad and a bully, I actually like him, and let s face it, would any of us behave any differently given the situations he faced In this story, Flashy gets hoodwinked into helping Otto Bismark engineer all sorts of dastardly deeds in what will eventually become Germany Thoroughly entertaining, with lots of fights, escapes and beautiful women along the way.

  22. Something about reading about Flashy running around Eastern Europe, drinking and carrying on, can be a little dangerous particularly when you are running around Eastern Europe This is another wonderful Flashman book, our hero may be without his whiskers but that does not stop him from romping with chambermaids, acting the cad and behaving very badly in the face of danger.

  23. bbc iplayer episode Celebrated cavalry officer Harry Flashman is caught with his trousers down in a London club Read by Iain Cuthbertson.Loosely based on The Prisoner of Zenda

  24. The second Flashman novel is slightly better than the first, at least in my humble opinion Focusing in personal affairs and some skullduggery instead of losing itself in macropolitical dabbling, Royal Flash is of a pulp spy novel and good fun.

  25. Read any of the Flashman series if you enjoy a great read of fiction based upon fact GM Fraser is the best, he often has you holding your gut you re laughing so hard.Certainly the best series I ve ever had th epleasure of reading.Ringo

  26. this one was a movie and the book is better read it love the rascal that is Harry Flashman hard to put down or forget.

  27. I didn t enjoy The Royal Flash as much as the first in the series, The Flashman Papers it sagged, bogging down in minutiae and flowery descriptions.Nevertheless, it was an interesting story, with Flashy getting himself caught up in another fix that pulls him deeper and deeper in trouble Ironically, Flashy even suspected a trick right in the beginning when he could still get out of it, but he admits his greed and sex drive got the better of him He just can t help his incorrigible self.And the tea [...]

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