The seventh volume of the Flashman Papers records the arch-cad's adventures in America during Gold Rush of 1849 and the Battle of Bighorn, in 1876. This installment describes his acquaintance with famous Indian chiefs, American soldiers, frontiersmen, and statesmen.
©1982 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2012 Random House Audio
Flashman Papers are a guilty pleasure, enjoyed & regretted in equal parts. "Redskins" is late in the series, decent history, contrived story. As always, David Case is superb.
The story arc covered by Flash for Freedom and Flashman and the Redskins is a great read. If you like historical fiction, this would be an excellent addition to your library.
Flashman supposedly makes three visits to America during his lifetime. The story of his first visit is partly told in Flashgun for Freedom, in which he takes on the roles of both slaver and abolitionist. This story is then continued here in Flashgun and the Redskins, where his journey with a traveling bordello from New Orleans to California is chronicled, as well as his run-ins with the Apache. But that is only the first part of the book, the second part is about Flashmans third visit to the states and his involvement in the battle of the Little Bighorn. This leaves a hole in the story, Flashman supposedly visited America once more, in between these two visits. During which he took part in the American Civil War, something that is referenced more then once in this book. Sadly MacDonald Fraser passed away a few years ago, having yet to tell this tale.
Earlier works in the series were more laugh out loud fun for me. Keep in mind mind that this was the first audio version of the Flashman novels I have had a chance to listen too and although Mr. Case does a spectacular job with Flashman, his accents for most of the other characters were distracting and rang flat to my ear.
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