In volume II 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.
In this volume of The Flashman Papers, 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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"Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter.... It is the verve of the storytelling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory." (Sunday Telegraph)
Flashman is a cynical, cowardice, racist bully - the kind of man who we secretly do not hate entirely because we are not sure how to convincingly hold the position of total lack of admiration for such men. To his credit, he is a most talented polyglot, horseman, and womaniser, and his adventures in the midst of major macro political events of the 19th century takes the reader laughing though history's I'll-lit side-allies. There, the story's anti-hero upholds the British empire by running from its enemies, sleeping with the maximum possible amount of women, and more often than not manages to wriggle himself out of the absurd kinds of trouble he repeatedly finds himself in. Hilariously written. Excellent stuff.
"Flashy does it again!"
The narrator is good but I wish they would use a female voice for the female parts as it all sounds a bit pantomime with a bloke reading female responses.
Continues along the Flashman route,you can't get better.
He is very good and keeps the momentum going.
Just good fun stories
can't beat a bit of flashy, irreverent and timeless tales, refreshingly politically incorrect and funny
Brilliant story. Narrator not bad, but not in Timothy West's league. Still enjoyed it though.
"Very refreshingly un-pc, and bloody funny!"
There is nothing to compare these books to, they stand alone in all their splendid glory! A bigger bigot, racist, cheat and charming coward will not be found. And yet, you can't help but root for him. Will probably be enjoyed by the English listener more than most!
Solid Flashman story, brilliantly narrated. Yadda yadda, annoying how we have to write a minimum amount of words.
"Flashes blood may be blue but his liver's yellow!"
Narrators voice leant itself perfectly to the ambiance of the story. The story certainly has elements of 'the prisoner of zenda' but with uniquely rogue flashy twists!
"hoofing adventures with Harry"
good story, thorough history but not battle history, as we will come to admire in Fraser. well read, performed rather, by Mace. this is an essential set of flashman papers for the rest of his adventures. enjoy!
Nicely done. Good old Flashy. Well narrated and good pace. I'll be downloading more. Thumbs up.
"Hilarious and thrilling"
Loved every moment of this well structured, humorous story of a cad and coward who gets out of every situation he somehow gets himself into.
"A guilty pleasure"
very good un pc fun a ripping yarn in which you learn a bit of history found myself diving for the iPad to look up various characters . Very well read , can't wait for the next one .
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