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Following the popularity of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, the Victorian scoundrel who got himself embroiled in many events of his age, this book introduces a new generation of the family: Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane. This book covers the start of Cochrane's career including the most astounding single ship action of the Napoleonic war. Thomas Flashman provides a unique insight as danger stalks him like a persistent bailiff through a series of adventures that prove history really is stranger than fiction.

©2012 Robert Brightwell (P)2016 Henlow Publishing Limited

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Great Historical Novel

George MacDonald Fraser wrote the original Flashman series about the Victorian Harry Flashman. This is a spin-off about Thomas Flashman whose career covered the Napoleonic era. The spin-off is written by Robert Brightwell. This is a historical novel. The protagonist is placed in a historical situation that includes the real people. One of the most famous was Admiral Thomas Cochrane (1789-1872) 10th Earl of DunDonald. Captain Cochrane was a daring Royal Navy officer in the Napoleonic War. Napoleon called him “Le Loup de Mers”.

Thomas Flashman is the uncle of Harry Flashman. Thomas is a spy courier and is to take forged letters to Spain to trick the Spanish Fleet to leave the Cadiz Harbor. The ship that is to take him is the HMS Speedy captained by Thomas Cochrane.

The book is well written and full of historical details. The story is full of action and suspense. Brightwell is a good storyteller and, in my opinion, he would have been better off having this book stand on its own instead of a Flashman spin-off.

The book is eight hours long. Henry Clove Harrison does a good job narrating the book. This is my first experience with Harrison as a narrator and the author Brightwell.

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Excellent continuation of Fraser's work!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Robert Brightwell seems to be channeling George MacDonald Fraser from beyond the grave. It's perhaps slightly less bawdy, and the new Thomas Flashman isn't quite the coward his nephew turned out to be (so far, anyway), but it's a spot-on spiritual successor. I can't WAIT to listen to the rest.

What other book might you compare Flashman and the Seawolf to and why?

This fits perfectly in the Fraser series, in my humble opinion.

What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?

I miss David Case (who narrated the original series), but Harrison does a fantastic job and I was engrossed every minute of the performance.

If you could take any character from Flashman and the Seawolf out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Cochrane. What an amazing individual. I plan on ordering his autobiography today. :)

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Mr. Brightwell, for doing such a great job not just capturing Fraser and Flashman's adventures, but carrying on the expert historical research that really brings this series alive. Can't wait to read / listen to the rest. :)

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Better than his nephew

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This has the great interest of good historical fiction without the extreme loutishness characteristic of George MacDonald Fraser's earlier "Flashman" novels. I can't wait for the next one to be voiced.

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Not a Flashman book in any sense

Got most of the way through this one and realized, it's dull and I'm really not learning anything either. Let's face it, it isn't possible to clone genius or wit. To execute a true pastiche of a great writer's style, is a huge talent; to combine that with an exciting and original plot line requires even great abilities. I know of no sequels or prequels by imitative writers that ever brought me any personal joy. The Bond books are labored and no fun, and just the thought of imitation Austens makes me shudder. If you're a true GMF admirer, don't even go here, you'll only be bored.

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Prequel to Harry Flashman Series

This novel is the first in the Thomas Flashman series. This series is, chronologically, a prequel to the series by George MacDonald Fraser featuring the Victorian scoundrel and rogue Harry Flashman, nephew of Thomas. I loved the original Flashman series and this is a nice follow-up. I strongly recommend it to Flashman fans and to new readers.

However, Thomas is a relatively pale reflection of his nephew -- not nearly as much of a scoundrel and rouge. Thomas is more politically correct than Harry, which is not hard since Harry may be the least politically correct character in all of modern fiction. For example, while Thomas likes chasing the ladies and is a frequent visitor to brothels and bordellos, he draws the line, unlike Harry, at coercion and sexual assault.

This series is more like a cross between the original Flashman series and the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Thomas Flashman is pleasantly and plausible cowardly, self-interested, lewd, and licentious but he is fundamentally a positive character.

What this series has in common with the original Flashman series is its careful attention to historical accuracy. It is a wonderful way to learn history.

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A Fun Adventure<br />

I really liked the author's dry wit. The narrator does a great job. I look forward to other books in this series.

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A Decent Prequel to GMF's Flashman Books

I like good historical fiction and I loved George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series. This book is not at that level and since there do not seem to be any Harry Flashman books in the offing, this will have to do. The language in the book could have more British idioms to make the book a little more fun to listen to though there was a lot of history here that was intriguing. The biggest issue I have with this book is with the narration, I felt like Henry Clore Harrison was just reading the book which made his style more boring. He definitely is no David Case whos style made the Flashman books so much more enjoyable. I have heard much worse (Scott Brick) but not much worse. I believe there are at least six books in the Thomas Flashman series, four of which are in audio book form. Please find a new narrator for the rest of the books or Henry Clore Harrison, I hope you improve. I will slog through the next book in the series and look for Cochran's autobiography.

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History (almost) with a comic flair

The hero alternately romps and staggers through a series of loosely historical events, surrounded by characters from the British government and Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The book is not always humorous, as the scenes describing Algerian prisons and torture methods bring a shudder. The women in the story are there only to titllate; Thomas Flashmen lives in a world of brothels full of beautiful women who are happy in their work, and their caring, doting employers. Other than the few pointless brothel scenes, it is good storytelling.

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truly excellent!

very informative, well researched, and entertaining ! I look forward to the other books in the series

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Impossible to listen to

I have been a fan of the Flashman papers for decades and was excited to see this potential continuation of a great tradition. Indeed some of the other reviews were excellent. But I could barely sit through the first hour of this nonsense without gritting my teeth in frustration and wishing I could throw the iPad at the drooling, monotonous, uninspired narrator. I have also been in love with audiobooks since they were on tape, filling many hours of manual labor and road trips all over the country with some truly excellent performances, narrators who sucked me into the book and transported me into the middle of it. This book transported me alright, to a bathroom stall in a gas station listening to the odiferous body functions of a witless stranger. That anyone actually paid this guy to narrate anything is unbelievable. That anyone else finds this performance in any way acceptable is baffling. That I spent a good credit on this garbage is infuriating. I don't know what the story is like or if the book overall is any good, if I am to judge by the discriminating taste of the publisher, I'd venture to say no. Do yourself a favor and listen to a sample first, maybe I'm just an audiobook snob. Don't listen to me.

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  • stickleback
  • 06-30-17

Brilliant addition to the Flashman universe

A cracking novel that follows in the style of the more famous Harry Flashman stories.

After the initial scene setting this book really gathers pace when the action moves abroad. I've read all 6 of the books in this series & was really pleased to find that they are starting to be turned into audio versions. The mixture of historical accuracy & fiction always makes for an interesting & pleasurable story & clearly demonstrates that Robert Brightwell knows this time period and can write a good tale based on it. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • paul
  • 05-28-17

Not the same as original Flashy but entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Seawolf the most enjoyable?

Came across some historical characters I had not heard of before

What did you like best about this story?

It carefully wove the fiction and historical events together. I checked on most and the book was clearly well researched. Not as comedic as GMFs Flashman but an interesting start setting the scene for a good series hope the other books are put on audible

Have you listened to any of Henry Clore Harrison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not listened to others

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

listened on the commute to work but could have done this in 1 or 2 sittings

Any additional comments?

Hope the rest of the series is made available soon

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  • richard
  • 09-21-17

Disappointing

The reader wasn't particularly good . The author could have done so much more with what he had to work with.

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  • Philip Young
  • 05-16-18

I loved this yarn. Gripping and Tue!!

I started off thinking that it was likely to be a bit dry. I’d actually been looking for the new Stockwyn novel as I love a ripping yarn. I’m so glad I gave it a chance. What an amazing adventure, hard to credit the authenticity, but not only is it true, it helps historians fill in missing gaps from Admiralty records. I’m already hooked into the series.